darwinbookcats LIVES!

Bad blogger that I am, I took an unannounced vacation from blogging last week.  No struggling to keep up with the news in science.  No stress about writing reviews of the books I’ve read.  No posting pictures of cats.  It was terrific.

Well, that last one was hard, actually, since cats form the best part of the darwinbookcats trinity.  But I’m back to say that darwinbookcats lives!  And to make up for it all, I’ve put together a short recap of the last week covering each of the darwinbookcats fronts. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Faith of a Writer, by Joyce Carol Oates

Last week I read The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art by Joyce Carol Oats.  This book is a collection of essays (and one interview) written by Oates between 1973 and 2004.  Although the essays have little to do with faith — the collection would have been better titled The Perseverance of a Writer — they are all very enjoyable.  They provide glimpses into JCO’s writing-life, as well as anecdotes about the attitudes and habits of other authors as well.  When finished with The Faith of a Writer, you’re left with an idea of just how much determination and delusion are necessary to create a great author, and how both have been combined in JCO to make her our generation’s most prolific literary writer. Continue reading