Tag Archives: Henry James

Four Stages

Part of the fun of having a runaway personal library is dipping into random piles and finding a book filled with helpful writing ideas. Writers at Work, a collection of Paris Review interviews, is chock full of writing tips. In … Continue reading

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Fresh Seeing

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Henry James, from his essay “The Art of Fiction.” Habit blinds us all: We fall into familiar byways without even noticing that it happens and begin to look … Continue reading

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Gardens Divine

“The consolation, the dignity, the joy of life are that discouragement and lapses, depressions and darknesses, come to one only as one stands without — I mean without the luminous paradise of art. As soon as I really reenter it … Continue reading

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Beautiful Words

One of the books I treasure most sat for many years on a shelf in my darling mother Dorothy’s apartment. It’s called One Thousand Beautiful Things. It’s a collection of lovely stories, poems, short plays, and inspirational quotes from many … Continue reading

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Become Yourself

“I’m not the next anyone. I’m the first Maria Sharapova.” Maria Sharapova “Become yourself” is an inspiring slogan I once saw emblazoned on a bus. While it was touting the benefits of a college degree, it seems like the perfect … Continue reading

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