We’re on the move! Today is Thoughtful B’s last post at her old location. The blog has just moved into newer, roomier quarters. All previous blogs will be found here (although the cyber-movers will still be at work hanging pictures on their bare “walls” for the next little while). And while the old site will…Details
When a new work of fiction’s described as “gritty,” I’m on alert for a pseudo-streetwise collection loaded down with drugs, despair, bad sex, etc. etc. Been there, done that, says my Good Reading gene and I move on. But don’t make that mistake, dear reader, with Jerry Levy’s debut collection of stories, Urban Legend. Gritty it may be,…Details
I’ve been meaning to pick up where I left off a few blogs back, reflecting on the art of digging deep — namely, in my second non-fiction book, Down To Earth: The Crisis in Canadian Farming, published by Anansi (1985). City-slickers, please don’t click off! No barnyard babble, and no, I’m not flogging a book — it’s…Details
Nobel Laureate Alice Munro wasn’t to be the subject of my blog today, but her win is too wonderful to pass up. Her excellent writing has touched many hearts and has astounded me with its sense of both the wonder and the strangeness at the human predicament. I’m not going to try to summarize her…Details
I’m delighted to tell you that my novella Midsummer will be published by Inanna in April 2014. Here is the cover — I think it’s gorgeous — and a summary of the plot. Lots more news to come! All her life, Joy’s been haunted by a man she’s never met — her visionary grandfather, the…Details
I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. These thoughts were prompted by the controversy surrounding David Gilmour, the prominent Canadian writer and professor who stated publicly that he can’t see his way to teaching women writers. Back to gratitude. When you’re a writer of modest means and modest successes — as I am — it…Details
Welcome, dear readers, to a new chapter in Thoughtful B’s story — this blog is now available to thousands more of you on my brand-new Goodreads page. To celebrate this link to a great book site, I thought I’d explore what I’ve learned through writing books, through digging deep into the subjects of my writing. Uh-oh,…Details
Today’s date asks for a moment of reflection. It happens that I’m absorbed in an old book, controversial in its day, one which doesn’t need a review from me. Instead, I’ll take my time mulling over Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem because there’s much here that deserves thought and careful attention. The book is subtitled…Details
This lovely poem of his is one of my favourites, and a beautiful epitaph.
Wind shakes the big poplar, quicksilvering
The whole tree in a single sweep.
What bright scale fell and left this needle quivering?
What loaded balances have come to grief?
— from The Spirit Level (1996)
Dear reader, I hope you’ll bear with so few photos in this blog entry. Permissions are hard to come by. One photographer declined my request; another couldn’t be located. However I’ll provide links to their wonderful photos. (Once you click on, you may have to scroll down past text). I hope you’ll enjoy them as…Details