Source Notes

How Watching Movies Helped Me Write a Book About Music

What I wanted to say about Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” has everything to do with the movies and TV series I love.

Sep 08, 2017
I’ll Still Be Afraid to Talk to You Too

How to design fictional characters onto which to project (real) emotional turmoil and process (or not process) family drama.

Aug 24, 2016
When a Character Returns

Edward P. Jones connected recurring characters through his short stories, providing a blueprint for one writer.

Leave Out the White Nights: Witness, Voice, and Collective Unrest

“There is, in politics as in writing, the seductive idea that ‘I’ can somehow transcend ‘we.’”

Aug 11, 2016
New York Taught Me to Be a Better Listener

“Most writers, I think, know this predicament. I have my own name for it: the curse of starting on too high a note.”

Jun 23, 2016