I pulled four-word phrases from Stephen R. Covey’s The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, and found this amazing poem hidden inside the self-help guide:
Maneuvers in heavy weather
the next new pleasure has to be bigger,
lasting satisfaction or cries for
more, and more.
Last too long? Too…most significant and seductive
up and down in it,
what Pascal called licking,
going to and fro,
more exciting, with a bigger…
quietly, slowly, imperceptibly expanding
circle of influence
with a ground-swell of magnificent
How he worked on the inner circle.
“Love her,” I replied. “Love is a verb.”
Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love.
So love her. Serve her a greater
You just can’t imagine the ability
Live like animals, out, this map
doesn’t describe the territory.
Rats, monkeys, pigeons, dogs,
to use a computer metaphor
the egg is pure gold, tremendous
gravity, pull, the lunar voyage
of Apollo 11, superlatives such as “fantastic”
I know they can be broken.
It’s sometimes a painful process.
I’m reading at my favorite local bookstore tomorrow at 2:00: A romance + one of the best hate letters I’ve ever received.
Music inspires so much written art, and it’s fun to think of the music that my characters might listen to. With that in mind, the Huffington Post just published my soundtrack written in the characters’ own words (Natalie, Travis, and Creature from This Is The Part Where You Laugh). Read here, and click the links to listen to each song:
Knopf, Random House, and the book blog Me, My Shelf, and I are teaming up to give away 10 free hardback copies of This Is The Part Where You laugh.
I’m writing for The Huffington Post again (after a three year break). Here’s my new piece on censorship:
Following my book release of THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH last week, I appeared on a new podcast from Ben Leroy and Adams Media.
Click on the book cover to hear the interview:
Also, there’s a question of the day at the end of the interview:
“Are some kids beyond help?” Basically, are some young people too messed up to ever rehabilitate? If you’d like to, give your take on that question in the comment section below.