The ‘Art of Fielding’ and other books

Enemies of Reading | October 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Tens of thousands of ground balls have been hit to shortstops since I last wrote about books I’ve enjoyed reading. The shortstops scooted over to accept them into their gloves with easy graceful motions and tossed them to a baseman with practiced ease. While they’ve been reenacting that beautiful ritual, I’ve been […]

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The enemies of writing: No escape from bugging out

Enemies of Reading | October 1st, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore I’ll be offering a workshop titled “The Enemies of Writing” for Musehouse next week, so I’ve been collecting “enemies” whenever I notice them. This one-and-done meet-up will happen on Thursday, Oct. 9. (Go to for details, or call them. They’re on Germantown Avenue near Willow Grove Avenue.) All through the summer […]

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How my girlfriend saved my life

Enemies of Reading | September 4th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore With the change of seasons and the return to school days, I always think of the unlikely coincidences that led to my going to college. The biggest influence came from my high school girlfriend, Connie (not her real name). And it came in both a direct and an indirect way. My girlfriend, […]

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What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 2

Enemies of Reading | July 30th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore In the world of writing, the word “memoir” used to be reserved for autobiographies or reminiscences written by someone of notable achievement. Movie stars, for example, or great statesmen like Winston Churchill. Unlike an actual autobiography, which usually is meant to encompass someone’s entire life, a memoir gives the reader a view […]

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