This Website Maps Your Literary Tastes and Tendencies

Books, culture, maps, writing

Literature Map says:

What else do readers of [any other famous author] read? The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them. Click on any name to travel along.

Did it map you right?  Tell us in the comments.

My Dog Can Read (Stanley Fish and Leo Strauss)

Fiction, Reading, writing

I’ve been writing and workshopping a story about a group of people living on a block of rowhomes and the glimpses they get of each other in passing. To the right you’ll find an excerpt.  Who wouldn’t want a dog like this?

Earlier this morning, I came home from a jaunt outside to find my own dog clearly wanting a walk.  It’s icy and raining here.  My coat and shoes were off.  Then I took a look at what he’d brought me immediately after sensing this thing might not go his way.  It was a typed of piece paper.  The final line of the page?

My dog is smarter than your dog.

I haven’t worked on that story in a while.  I couldn’t even tell you where the manuscript was if I needed to. I’ not saying (I’m just saying.)  He got the walk, of course.  He earned it.

Another of his literary adventures, here.



(Update: The excerpted piece is collected in What Other People Heard When I Taught Myself to Speak.)

What I’ve Been Reading Lately, and How


There’s a Kindle in my household.  It’s my wife’s. But she lets use it.  I’ve downloaded hundreds of free public domain books in the last few weeks.  What I’ve been reading:

The Jungle Book

White Fang

Christian Mysticism (a series of lectures by William Ralph Inge)

Alarms and Discursions

I’ve also been reading a few short stories a week for my fiction seminar with James Lasdun.  A very diverse mix of very fine short fiction.

Having gotten used to the Kindle (I love it), I still believe, with Rick Moody, that print books will never really go away.  Holding a book, turning to a page, and highlighting it is just plain easier than doing it on a Kindle.  It’s also much more visceral, subversive, and empowering. And that’s what writing and reading are about, Charlie Brown.