required reading

Make Good Art

06.14.2012 Art

Yesterday’s Required Reading featured author Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is a remarkable author, someone who really has a voice. It’s clear, articulate, and has a pacing and rhythm that captivates me. It’s clearly his voice. I was reminded of this recently when I watched the video of Gaiman delivering the commencement speech for the 2012 graduating […]

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Required Reading: American Gods

06.13.2012 Books and Literature

Here’s another Required Reading post from Penny Mattern. This is one of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors and I strongly recommend it. _____________ I recently re-read  American Gods by Neil Gaiman. When I did, I rediscovered just how terrific it was, and decided I wanted to write it up for the Required Reading series. This […]

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Required Reading: Orsinian Tales, by Ursula K. Le Guin

04.11.2012 Books and Literature

Here’s an excellent recommendation for your reading written by Penny Mattern _____________________ First of all, if you have heard of Le Guin and think of her as a “science fiction” or “fantasy” writer, please don’t. Certainly she has won pretty much every prestigious award in the field, awards given by both fans and fellow writers, […]

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Required Reading: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

03.27.2012 Books and Literature

Today’s Required Reading recommendation was written by my friend and editor, Penny Mattern. Penny is one of the few people I trust when she says, “you really have to read this.” Her first RR pick is just such a book. RTM ________ Required Reading: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an inquiry into values, […]

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Required Reading: Dracula

03.14.2012 Books and Literature

Today we’re overrun by vampires. Sparkly, teenage, moody vampires. They are freak’n everywhere. I try to ignore them, but it’s getting to be that you can’t turn the page in a magazine without having to whip out a wooden stake and a crucifix, which, fortunately, I always carry in my satchel. What did you think […]

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