What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 1

Enemies of Reading July 17, 2014 1 Comment

by Hugh Gilmore There’s rust building up around the metal frame of the casement window in my office. Its crusty orange blisters seem a little worse every time I look over there. Someone should do something about it, but I can’t because I’m in mid-project now – writing a memoir – and can’t be disturbed. […]
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Death threats were not wasted on Lynn Hoffman: His new book is terrific

Enemies of Reading July 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Lynn Hoffman and I had been friends for about a year when he called me at the gym. I stopped pedaling the cardio machine and pressed my cell phone to my ear. He told me he’d just been diagnosed with stage IV cancer of the throat. “If I live, I may lose […]
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We drove 100 km per hour to get to Slowness Day in Montreal on time

Enemies of Reading June 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Our family takes an annual trip to Montreal each summer. In the past we went at no particular time of the season, just when it was convenient to go. But three years ago we happened on “la Journée de la Lenteur” (the Day of Slowness), a small festival designed to coincide with […]
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Enemies of Reading: Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Enemies of Reading, Opinion June 18, 2014 0 Comments

Tyger

by Hugh Gilmore  My only comfort during a certain hard time in my life came from running at a nearby track. Pushing my body through the early evening air purged the day’s bitterness and readied me for tomorrow. What had begun as choice soon became a necessity. Thus, one evening, I arrived at the field […]
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What would you do?

Enemies of Reading June 11, 2014 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore She was a genuinely nice young woman and noticeable at first glance for her wide brown eyes, straight nose and full lips. Her thick, dark hair framed an exceptionally pretty face. She was a full-size woman too. I always looked at her and caught myself trying to remember just what Italian movie […]
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What if your doctor said you had ‘Terribly sad life syndrome’?

Enemies of Reading June 4, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore (A poem) “begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness …” – Robert Frost, 1916 Last Friday, I picked up the May 5 New Yorker magazine and started to read an article titled “Prescription for Disaster: The heartland’s pain-pills problem,” by Rachel Aviv. The story describes how […]
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The Dawn of the Yawn: Let’s not argue about e-books vs. print, OK?

Enemies of Reading May 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I don’t know how we got slingshotted from the argumentative early days of Kindle to now, the dawn of the yawn, but here we are. E-books are here to stay. I just went back in my files to see when it was that I put out a public appeal through this column, […]
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Not your Grannie’s webzine: Meet bookslut.com

Enemies of Reading May 22, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Although it’s said that young people don’t read printed books or newspapers anymore, they certainly still do read. A profusion of well-designed, hip websites touting good literature has emerged on the Internet in recent years. Most are free, a few request donations and some require a subscription. Even the subscription-based publications offer […]
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John Lennon’s “Imagine” meets the DSM

Enemies of Reading May 14, 2014 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore If you have a favorite song, do yourself a favor and don’t ever use it at a memorial service. On May 14, 1988, 26 years ago, I chose to play John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the funeral/memorial for my son Colin at the Unitarian Church on Lincoln Drive. Lennon’s song debuted in 1971, […]
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Pierre E. Richards becomes a writer, Part 2

Enemies of Reading May 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Pierre E. Richards, who is 79, read my column “Write because you love to write” while he rode an exercise bicycle at his physical therapist’s. Back home in Wyndmoor, he emailed me: “I read your recent article about not expecting authors of ‘literary’ fiction to get rich but to go ahead and […]
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