Carlos Fuentes is perhaps Mexico's most celebrated writer and a voice of the people.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “dharma” lately. It keeps popping up in books I’ve been reading, or more and more frequently I will hear someone say, “oh I’m following my dharma”, in reference to some job or project they are doing that is in service or their passion!
I remember the first time I read a story by Anthony Doerr, in the startling collection "The Shell Collector." I was immediately taken with his prose, a unique combination of lyricism, near
Meditation is a tool, a practice for learning how to be in the big squeeze of life and to ride it out, as if on a wave. ...
So the narrator of this fascinating novel tells us early on, even as he spends much of the story searching for meaning through memory, through the memory of others ...
Three members of a family. Three voices. A woman, her husband, a son. Each narrates alternating chapters as Mario grows more ill, deceiving his son of his impending death in order to enjoy one more camping trip together.
A key function of our mind is to think, and if we don’t have something pressing to think about in the moment, the mind calls up thoughts, concerns, ideas and plans from the past or the future, that is it’s job.
The greatest pleasure of a local bookstore is the hidden treasure that an enthusiastic bookseller presses into your hand. And if the bookseller is good, like the buyer at Laguna Beach Books, they know of what they speak. ...
Many accomplished writers begin with short stories and evolve into novels, and a few, like the great Alice Munro, master with the form and stay with it.
The reading pile, forever calling to me, forever too tall and growing, seems heavily laden right now with stories antithetical to the spring season. So be it. I do love contrast.