Merwin the mighty

One of the great privileges of my life — aside from being a husband and a father, of course — was meeting W.S. Merwin. He was eager to get home to Hawaii, to his wife, to his gardens, but we talked for about an hour while he was visiting Claremont McKenna College a few years ago. … Continue reading Merwin the mighty

‘You have to want the story’: A.R. Williams on writing (pt. 2)

In part one of my interview with A.R. Williams here at Call of the Siren, she discussed the background of her splendid dystopian novel "The Camellia Resistance." But something else happened in the process. She provided two interviews: one about her novel and one about the craft of writing. As all of you consider your own … Continue reading ‘You have to want the story’: A.R. Williams on writing (pt. 2)

Season’s readings: coming soon to Call of the Siren

As the calendar year nears the end, media book departments have one goal in common: to produce lists of books to give as gifts and for one's own reading pleasure. Piles of books, endless lists, captions, the mad rush to meet deadlines ... ah, I remember it well (too well!). Not to be outdone by … Continue reading Season’s readings: coming soon to Call of the Siren