Tag Archives: Elizabeth Strout

Coffee, Chaos

“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, he must look foolish to the crowd.”    The I Ching The I Ching has given us many gems of wisdom: The symbol for … Continue reading

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Drilling Deeply

A writer and dog-walking pal of mine named Chris told me one day in passing about a book she loved called Olive Kitteridge. It took me a while to delve into this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, but from … Continue reading

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Cather’s Caveat

“If the novel is a form of imaginative art, it cannot be at the same time a vivid and brilliant form of journalism. Out of the teeming, gleaming stream of the present it must select the eternal material of art…The … Continue reading

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Words Unspoken

Just this afternoon, after a not-so vigorous bout with some pesky weeds on my front lawn, I took a break and picked up Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 and you only have to … Continue reading

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Hard Work

“No tears and the writer, no tears and the reader.” Robert Frost “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson What an exciting evening! I was lucky enough to hop on a train with my … Continue reading

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