Oct 31, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Happiest People in the World,” by Brock Clarke



Oct 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Come Feast with Us!



Oct 25, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: To Bald Head



Oct 24, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table For Two: Debora Black interviews Annette Berkovits



Oct 22, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Tear Through That Second Half



Oct 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Most Excellent



Oct 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Autumn II, a photo haiku



Oct 16, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Call in Sick



Oct 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Guest Columns, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Remedy For Love,” by Bill Roorbach



Oct 8, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Do Something For Someone Else (from the archives)



Oct 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Photo Haiku

Getting Outside Saturday: Fall Berries (a photo haiku)



Oct 1, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Forget Suspense



Sep 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “A Rough-Shooting Dog,” by Charles Fergus



Sep 25, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies, Reading Under the Influence

The Remedy For Love Book Trailer



Sep 24, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Need a Job? Be a Writer First



Sep 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Come See May-Lee Chai read on Thursday



Sep 22, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Autumnal Equinox



Sep 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Are you Ready for Some Wife-Beating?



Sep 17, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice All-Stars: Lose the Suitcase!



Sep 16, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Georgia Review, Ecotone and Some Guy named Henry



Sep 14, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Sunday Sermon: A Dialogue on Race (and Writing)



Sep 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Gold Season (a photo haiku)



Sep 11, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Tour de Blog: Bill and Dave Join the Great All-Universe Blog Tour



Sep 10, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday All Stars: Write a Fan Letter!



Sep 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: Bill Interviews “Nightingale” author Suzanne Congdon LeRoy



Sep 3, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Good Advice Wednesday: Check out Nina’s New Book



Aug 30, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Building the Shack



Aug 27, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday Greatest Hits: Finding Time to Write



Aug 26, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Guest Columns, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Joe,” by Larry Brown



Aug 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

“The Remedy For Love” Book Tour!



Aug 22, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Guest Columns

My Shadow Syllabus



Aug 20, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Listen to Bill



Aug 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Coming Next Spring…



Aug 17, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Sunday Sermon

Bill’s Sunday Sermon: It’s Not About Strength



Aug 14, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Fog of Forgetting,” by Genevieve Morgan



Aug 13, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Greatest Hits



Aug 12, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence, Table For Two: Interviews

The Remedy for Love Pretend Dinner Party and Group Interview



Aug 10, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island” (Final Episode and Afterword!)



Aug 9, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Photo Haiku

Getting Outside Saturday: Some Summer Sightings (A Photo Haiku)



Aug 7, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Morning with William James



Aug 6, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Hold Onto Your Delusions



Aug 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Beavers



Aug 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “Fridays at Enricos,” by Don Carpenter



Aug 3, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry (Penultimate Episode!)



Aug 1, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Kirkus Loves our Bill



Jul 30, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Wait Till the Last Minute Like Me!



Jul 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Some Nice Person Put This Together and Put it on Twitter



Jul 27, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island,” by Crash Barry (Episode 29)



Jul 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lungren’s Lounge: “The Last Magazine,” by Michael Hastings



Jul 19, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Song of Valerie Macon



Jul 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Budding Ears, or, On Being an E-Hypocrite



Jul 16, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: On Getting It All Wrong



Jul 14, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The New Ecotone is Coming!



Jul 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island” (Episode 28)



Jul 12, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Going Deep



Jul 9, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Balls to the Walls



Jul 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Guest Columns

Anxious Bode is not Like Other People



Jul 6, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island,” by Crash Barry (Episode 27)



Jul 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Pine Needle Runes on Drury Pond (a photo haiku)



Jul 2, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Google Image Edition



Jul 1, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” by Joshua Ferris



Jun 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island,” episode 26



Jun 28, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Hudson River Haiku



Jun 25, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Find Your Voice



Jun 24, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “Driving Mr. Albert,” by Michael Paterniti



Jun 22, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Anxious Bode in the House of God



Jun 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Over Six Feet by Solstice (a photo haiku)



Jun 19, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

“Big Bend” is Back and Better than Ever!



Jun 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Up Shit Creek (Or, Dawson’s Creek is Full of Shit, the Actual Creek, not the Show)



Jun 11, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Let’s Write Some Fiction



Jun 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island,” by Crash Barry (episode 25)



Jun 7, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Na Pali Sea Cave Sojourn (a Hawaiian photo haiku)



Jun 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “The Painter,” by Peter Heller



Jun 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Try This Little Exercise in Empathy



May 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Downstream Dog



May 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Backwoods Jack!



May 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Embrace the Dread!



May 19, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Antarctica is Melting. Meanwhile Back in Carolina….



May 17, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: 5K!



May 16, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Euphoria,” by Lily King



May 15, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Feeling Low



May 14, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Believe What You Think



May 11, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Where’s Bildo?



May 9, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Only Three Spots Left!



May 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Carolina Follies Part XV: Highlights from the Primary



May 7, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Celebrate the Birth of a Book!



May 6, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reject: A Call for Submissions



May 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Write Like a Bowerbird: My Review in Sunday’s Washington Post



May 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry” Episode 24



May 2, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “Galveston” by Nic Pizzolatto



May 1, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Who Took This Picture?



Apr 30, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Finding Time to Write



Apr 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

TO BE A WOLF by Hadley Gessner



Apr 27, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island,” by Crash Barry: Episode 23



Apr 26, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: In the Mountains, On the River



Apr 23, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Release Your Hate!



Apr 22, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Not Forgotten, But Gone



Apr 20, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island,” Episode 22



Apr 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: My Number-One All-Time Favorite Novel



Apr 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Captain America Agrees



Apr 17, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

David and Henry David, Linked Across the Centuries



Apr 16, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Remake



Apr 15, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Progress of Spring: New Arrivals



Apr 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island,” by Crash Barry: Episode 21



Apr 12, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Progress of Spring (A Photo Haiku)



Apr 10, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Now What? (On Being Graduated from an MFA Writing Program)



Apr 9, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Go Back to Your Beginnings!



Apr 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Gardening and Being



Apr 6, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry: Episode 20



Apr 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Happy Anniversary to Bill and Dave’s



Apr 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Marijuana Valley” by Crash Barry



Apr 3, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Ecotone and Lookout Talks next week in Boston (with Bill!) and New York



Apr 2, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Is That So?



Apr 1, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Making of a Book: the Author Questionaire



Mar 30, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry, Episode 19



Mar 29, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Sap is Finally Running! (A Photo Haiku)



Mar 28, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Shotgun Lovesongs” by Nickolas Butler



Mar 26, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Great Advice Thursday: Don’t be a Dummy. Get Health Insurance Now.



Mar 26, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: A Yurt of One’s Own



Mar 25, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Late Encounters with Flannery O’Connor



Mar 24, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Absinthe



Mar 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry: Episode 18



Mar 22, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Wipe Out!



Mar 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Take a Course with Dave (or Nina) This Summer



Mar 19, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: UCLA Q and A, with Rona Elliot



Mar 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Flatball!



Mar 17, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “White Girls” by Hilton Als



Mar 16, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry, Episode 17



Mar 15, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Birthday to Dave!



Mar 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Astoria to Zion



Mar 12, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Get Me To the World on Time (Six Thoughts on Place in Writing)



Mar 11, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: The Twitter Fiction Festival



Mar 10, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Writing for Our Lives



Mar 9, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry, Episode 16



Mar 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Progress of Spring I (a photo haiku)



Mar 6, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Signs and Portents Along the Way



Mar 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Listen to Ira



Mar 2, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

India: You’re Criminal if Gay (by Leila Seth)



Feb 27, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Anxiety!



Feb 26, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Taking It Easy Is Harder Than It Looks



Feb 24, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Essay’s Place



Feb 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Guest Columns, Reading Under the Influence, Serial Sunday

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s illustrated TOUGH ISLAND, Complete!



Feb 19, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Believe in Will (Why Not?)



Feb 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Free,” by Willy Vlautin



Feb 14, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Valentine’s Day…



Feb 13, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Anxious Bode Returns: A Peaceful Panic



Feb 12, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Get to Work



Feb 8, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: CSI Brewster



Feb 5, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Observe. Do. Think. Make.



Feb 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Owlmania!



Feb 3, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Want Not,” by Jonathan Miles



Jan 31, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

From the Bill and Dave Archives: Skiing the Beach



Jan 29, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Why Not Say It? (UCLA Q and A with Pam S.)



Jan 27, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Retreat Journal



Jan 24, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Uncle David



Jan 23, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Epicure’s Lament” by Kate Christiensen



Jan 22, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Toss the Noodle at the Wall



Jan 21, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Snow and Snowys Part II



Jan 20, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Snow Owl



Jan 18, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Garden Keeps on Giving (a photo haiku)



Jan 15, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Why, Thank You Sir. I Do Have Great Tits!



Jan 14, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Howling with the Trickster: A Wild Memoir Part I



Jan 11, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Flying in Alaska



Jan 10, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

E.B. White and Me



Jan 9, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Meet the Keatles



Jan 8, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: UCLA Q and A, with Sara-Kate



Jan 7, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

On Failing as a Writer by James Lang



Jan 4, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Twenty Below (A photo Haiku)



Jan 3, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Flash Tips for Writing Flash Fiction Friday



Jan 2, 2014  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays, Reading Under the Influence

Greatest Sportswriter of 2013? David Gessner!



Jan 1, 2014  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers from Dave and Bill



Dec 31, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: The Best of 2013



Dec 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: Bodwell’s Baker’s Dozen, Best Books of 2013



Dec 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Bad Advice Christmas: Find Your Own Island



Dec 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Merry Christmas!



Dec 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Tale for Christmas Eve



Dec 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Oh, You’re a Writer? (Reasons I’ve Started to Bite My Tongue)



Dec 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Read, Read, Read Everything: An Interview with Poet Cynthia Atkins



Dec 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Live on Osprey Time



Dec 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

American Sign Language: A Photo Haiku



Dec 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Patience, Patience



Dec 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Gertrude’s Steins



Dec 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Men We Reaped,” by Jesmyn Ward



Dec 11, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: UCLA Q and A, with T. Locke



Dec 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Recent Random Journal Doodles (and Notes)



Dec 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: “Leaving Tuscaloosa” by Walter Bennet



Dec 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: That Time My Plane Almost Crashed



Dec 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Sea and Civilization,” by Lincoln Paine



Dec 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Choose Your Own Adventure



Dec 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Caught in Cuba



Nov 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: It Was the Best of Times



Nov 27, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday Holiday Edition



Nov 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

America’s Next Top Nature Writer



Nov 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Thankful Things



Nov 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Falcon and the Sparrow



Nov 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Night at the Movies: “Blue is the Warmest Color,” by Abellatif Kechiche



Nov 21, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Dave, Lost and Wandering. Part IV



Nov 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Beware Your Own Old Words



Nov 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Rejected Titles For That Novel I Haven’t Bothered To Write Yet



Nov 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Seven Things You and Facebook Don’t Know About Me



Nov 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Bringing in the Feasts of Fall



Nov 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Pas de Trois: Three Books About Ballet



Nov 13, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Enshrine Craft



Nov 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Girl Power



Nov 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Gaining Ground,” by Forrest Pritchard



Nov 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Serial Sunday: Henry Miller’s Commandments for Young Writers



Nov 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Los Angeles (a photo haiku)



Nov 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave Take a Break



Nov 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers



Nov 6, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Let Politics In



Nov 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Davey Does Harvard



Nov 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Bizarre Copyright-Beating Pirate Computer Translation Attacks Invoice Roorbach



Nov 2, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: See the Outer Banks Before They Are Gone



Oct 31, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Kung Fu, Consciousness Change, and Sandy One Year Later



Oct 30, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Applying for an MFA Program? Whoa! Not So Fast



Oct 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Hall-of-Fame Brother



Oct 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Single Parenting and the Aspiring Writer



Oct 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Our Own Dave Thinking 20 Years Out on MSNBC



Oct 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Five Months after the MFA: Getting Friendly with Reality



Oct 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Dune Wars



Oct 23, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: My Top Ten Pieces of Advice



Oct 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An interview with Nina de Gramont



Oct 21, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The New Normal: Meditations from the Rubble Pile



Oct 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: The Unmanly Retreat of a Lighthouse



Oct 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate!



Oct 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Dave, Lost and Wandering, Part III



Oct 16, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Get Parkinson’s Disease



Oct 15, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Meet Me at the River



Oct 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Literary Death Match Portland, ME, 2013 (a primer in photos)



Oct 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill is King!



Oct 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Hurricane Watch



Oct 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge,” by Peter Orner



Oct 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Steal from the Great



Oct 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cartoons

Dave, Lost and Wandering



Oct 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Short Stories

Serial Sunday: “Original and Solitary Lovers” (Another Great Short Story by John J. Clayton)



Oct 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Taylor Swift in Nashville (An Ode upon Elysia’s 13th Birthday)



Oct 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Help Wanted: Looking For a New Dave



Oct 2, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Pick the Flowers! An Un-Fairy Tale



Oct 1, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

What Every Kid Wants….An Ultimate Frisbee Bubblegum Card



Sep 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Elizabeth Cohen



Sep 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Booktopia, Petoskey Michigan (a photo decastich)



Sep 27, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Pick You Own Caption: A Bill and Dave’s Contest



Sep 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Maid’s Version,” by Daniel Woodrell



Sep 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Become a Planning, List-Making Freak



Sep 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Telegram



Sep 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Lauren Grodstein



Sep 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Gliding Down the Hill: Escaping to Boulder



Sep 18, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Art is the Solving of Problems



Sep 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Food and The Flood



Sep 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

An Open Letter to Bill McKibben



Sep 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Morning Glory (a photo haiku)



Sep 11, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Writing Tips from Annie Dillard and Rafael Nadal



Sep 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “A House in the Sky,” by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett



Sep 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Skimmers!



Sep 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Hoosac Tunnel,” a story by John J. Clayton



Sep 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Wicked Pissah, or, Not So Dirty Water



Sep 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: Derek Alger Interviews Alan Cheuse



Sep 4, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Get on Your Bike!



Aug 31, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Decatur Book Festival (a photo haiku)



Aug 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “I’m Losing You,” by Bruce Wagner



Aug 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Winston Lives!



Aug 28, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Ex Factor



Aug 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Five Crappy Things an Emerging Actor Goes Through Way Too Often



Aug 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: 4-H Sale (A Photo Double-Tanka)



Aug 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Held As Earth



Aug 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Life Among Giants,” by Bill Roorbach (Paperback Pub Day!)



Aug 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

60



Aug 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Some Signs of the Times (a photo haiku)



Aug 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

From Blogger to Author: Learning the Blogging Genre & Blogging a Book



Aug 14, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words (That I Didn’t Feel Like Writing)



Aug 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sleeping with Wolves



Aug 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “My Education,” by Susan Choi



Aug 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

A Sunday Drive with Death in Cameroon



Aug 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: High Summer Wildflowers (a photo haiku)



Aug 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Writing from Inside: “Urk,” by Kim S.



Aug 7, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice

Bad Advice Wednesday: Never Surrender! (But be Flexible)



Aug 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Massacre Pond,” by Paul Doiron



Aug 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Tar Pits: Welcome to Gulag Carolina



Aug 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island” by Crash Barry (episode 15)



Aug 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Moss (A Photo Haiku)



Aug 2, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Autocorrected Sonnets and Love Poems of William Shakespeare, by Meg Pokrass



Jul 31, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Try it Without Words



Jul 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Lungren’s Book Lounge: “Blue Plate Special,” by Kate Christensen



Jul 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Pet Peeve: Mischievous



Jul 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island” (Episode 14)



Jul 27, 2013  |  Posted in Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: For the Birds



Jul 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Some Stuff I Cut: Two Parties



Jul 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Some Stuff I Cut: I Apologize To Nevada



Jul 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Be an Elf to Yourself



Jul 15, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Elves, Ourselves (or, Game of Thorns)



Jul 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus Island” (Episode 13)



Jul 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Art in the Grain Shed (a photo haiku)



Jul 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics, Reading Under the Influence

A Couple of Writers who Teach Talk About the Common Core and the Fate of the Essay



Jul 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Drinking with Men,” by Rosie Schaap



Jul 10, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: A Life Stored in Clutter (Celebrate)



Jul 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Independent Bookstore Tuesday: Run Like Hell!



Jul 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

THE DAY THE INTERNET DIED (July 23, 2018)



Jul 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus Island” (Episode 12)



Jul 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Hissing of Summer Lawns



Jul 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, I Used to Play in Bands

I Used to Play in Bands, Too



Jul 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Happy Fourth



Jul 3, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Try Not to Die



Jul 2, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Writing From Inside: “Dear Karla,” by Karla



Jul 1, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Don’t Worry, I’m Not Going to Tear My Shirt off and Punch a Critic in the Face, But.



Jun 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus” (Episode 11)



Jun 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Secret Sharers (a Photo Haiku)



Jun 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “City of Bohane,” by Kevin Barry



Jun 27, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Be a part of the Debut of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose



Jun 26, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Twelve Habits of People Who Don’t Give A Shit About Your Inner Peace



Jun 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Southern Fried Scribes: Success



Jun 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Passive-Aggressive Serenity Prayer



Jun 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine” (Episode Ten)



Jun 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Things in NYC that Reminded Me of Dave



Jun 21, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Lounge: “Transatlantic,” by Colum McCann



Jun 19, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Writing the First Draft



Jun 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Big Primal and the small primal



Jun 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Writing from Inside: “Best Friends,” by W. Wrighter



Jun 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Aquatic Father’s Day: A Photo-Essay



Jun 15, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Why I Climb



Jun 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Edgerton on Fatherhood, Edgerton on Film



Jun 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Movie Night: Star Trek, Where Men Have Boldly Gone Before, Happily



Jun 12, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Tend Your Garden



Jun 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Hollywood Hit List: A Few Things We Never Need to See in Any Movie Ever Again



Jun 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Writing from Inside: “Nail,” by Danielle R.



Jun 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island”: Episode Nine



Jun 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Death of a Bridge



Jun 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: Eduardo Galleano’s “Children of the Days”



Jun 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Meet the Authors



Jun 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Go Deep Into Your Book!



Jun 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

An Interview with Caroline Leavitt



Jun 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

James Dickey’s Fan Letters to Wallace Stegner



Jun 2, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island”: Episode Eight



Jun 1, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Maine Literary Awards (A Selfie Haiku)



May 31, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Acceptance Speech



May 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Chess Champ



May 29, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: 15 Great Writers’ Writing Advice Revisited



May 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Wife the Superhero–Part II



May 27, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

After the MFA? Another Great Writing Day



May 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island”: Episode Seven



May 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Wet



May 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Baseball, Joe Dimaggio, and Pacifism: Colbert, How Can You Resist?



May 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Meet the Keatles!



May 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: How to Work with an Editor



May 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

You’re Never Alone When You’re with a Drone



May 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” by Ben Fountain



May 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine”: Episode Six



May 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Debora Bikes Steamboat Springs (a photo haiku)



May 17, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

A Bill and Dave Classic: The Top 10 Sexiest Nature Writers in History



May 15, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Start Everywhere



May 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The River Swimmer,” by Jim Harrison



May 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

No Mountains (a guest post by Thierry Kauffmann)



May 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Crash Barry’s “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine”: Episode Five



May 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: New Leaves (a double photo haiku)



May 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Astral,” by Kate Christensen



May 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

21 Blocks: A Firsthand Account of April 19th in Watertown



May 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Beam Me Up,Scotty!



May 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Want to be a Badass? Read This Book!



May 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Memorial Flight Mystery (a photo haiku)



May 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine, by Crash Barry (episode 4)



May 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Climbing with Rosie Bates



May 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: “The Flamethrowers” by Rachel Kushner



May 2, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Luis and Me



May 1, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Three Lessons on the Path to Publication of My Memoir



Apr 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Lundgren’s Book Lounge: John Leonard’s “Reading for My Life”



Apr 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Southern Fried Scribes is Almost There! Help a Couple of Idealists Help a Bunch of Kids!



Apr 28, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine, by Crash Barry



Apr 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Clearly Now, The Rain



Apr 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Guerrilla Marketing with Eli Hastings



Apr 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Listen to Eli!



Apr 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Swan Update!



Apr 21, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine, by Crash Barry



Apr 20, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Random Associations and The Wired Woods



Apr 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The State I’m In: Watching North Carolina Destroy Itself



Apr 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: Lundgren’s Book Lounge



Apr 17, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Rock the Boat



Apr 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine, by Crash Barry



Apr 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: The Swan in Our Backyard



Apr 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

And the Winner Is:



Apr 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Do Anything



Apr 9, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Southern Fried Scribes



Apr 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Diary of a Comeback: Part I



Apr 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Bill and Dave’s Even Sweeter Sixteen: Voting Extended to April 11, 2013



Apr 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Coyote!



Apr 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: A Look Back at Antonya Nelson’s Expendables



Apr 3, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Bad Advice Wednesday: It’s a Brave Old World



Apr 1, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Sweet Sixteen: Help Us Determine the Best Writin’ School in the Land



Mar 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Last Ski of the Season?



Mar 27, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Move Around!



Mar 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

The Amish, Cattails, and Dinty: A Trip to Ohio in iPhone Photos



Mar 23, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Virginia Festival of the Book



Mar 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Help “Ultimate Glory” Turn 25 (And More Greatest Hits from Bill and Dave’s)



Mar 20, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Finding Time to Write



Mar 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Telling Stories with Music



Mar 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Tucson Edition (a photo haiku)



Mar 15, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Birthday Dave from Bill and Dave’s Nation!



Mar 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Friends, Sidekicks, and Disorganized Wanderers



Mar 13, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Write About Animals



Mar 11, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Forever 21 and Grandma’s Attic: The Fashion Report from AWP



Mar 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Can You Pay Me?



Mar 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day III at AWP: What Kind of Annoying Writer Are You?



Mar 7, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave’s Live from AWP Boston!



Mar 6, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Come See Bill and Dave at the Bill and Dave Table!



Mar 5, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Pipedreams: Time and the Insubordinate Writer



Mar 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Thanks to Our Guest Posters!



Mar 3, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside: Late Winter Edition (More Damn Photo Haiku)



Mar 1, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Hidden Life



Feb 27, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: A Rose by Any Other Name Would be Distracting



Feb 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Great Pick-Up Lines



Feb 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Coming Downton Deaths



Feb 22, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where the Frack is Vernal, Utah?



Feb 20, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Art of Schmoozing (Just in Time for AWP)



Feb 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

News Release: Return to New York



Feb 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Walk on the Winter Beach



Feb 14, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Raucous Voices: Dave Talks to the Washington Post



Feb 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Tommy Takes Over!



Feb 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Tuesday Edition (Snowmageddon)



Feb 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Wife’s Secret Identity…..



Feb 6, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: No Small Gift–An Exchange with Poet John Casteen



Feb 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Haystack: The Writer as Craftsperson



Feb 2, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice: Super Bowl Sunday Edition (Wah!)



Jan 31, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Night at the Movies: Silver Linings Playbook



Jan 30, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: My Gulliver Complex



Jan 29, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Giants on the Road: Westward! (A Photo Ghazal)



Jan 26, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: India Edition (A photo haiku by someone besides Bill)



Jan 25, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: Interview with Wes McNair



Jan 24, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Anatomy of a Hangover



Jan 23, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Be Porous, Be Available



Jan 21, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Great Day



Jan 19, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: One-Arm, One-Ball, No-Brain



Jan 18, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where Are You Now, John Wesley Powell?



Jan 16, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Un-Workshop!



Jan 15, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Wired Woods: The Long and the Short of It



Jan 13, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Alive and Well! A San Francisco Independent Bookstore Photo Haiku



Jan 12, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Almost Paradise



Jan 10, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Good-bye to a Friend



Jan 9, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: To Binge or Plod?



Jan 8, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo?



Jan 5, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Haiku in Snow



Jan 4, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Good-bye to An Editor



Jan 2, 2013  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Throw Your Skis Across the Brook



Jan 1, 2013  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy New Year!



Dec 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: A Solstice Swim



Dec 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Giants on the Road: Second Leg of the Mighty Tour. A Photo Epic, Volume II



Dec 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Genre Jump!



Dec 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Merry Christmas!



Dec 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: The Feel Good



Dec 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: Bill Interviews Himself



Dec 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Words That Map the Land (By Ecotone Contributors)



Dec 19, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Greetings from a 25-Year Old in His Childhood Bed in His Parents’ House



Dec 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: First Snow (a photo haiku)



Dec 12, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Wait till the last minute!



Dec 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo? (Dave Edition)



Dec 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Name That City!



Dec 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo?



Dec 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Extract Raw Materials!



Dec 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

For the Love of Water



Dec 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Where’s Bildo Now?



Nov 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo?



Nov 28, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Work the Work



Nov 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 9



Nov 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Giants on the Road, First Leg of the Mighty Tour, a Photo Epic



Nov 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Quit Like Roth



Nov 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Long Lost Script for the My Green Manifesto Trailer



Nov 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Giant Day



Nov 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 8



Nov 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Where’s Bildo?



Nov 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Benediction



Nov 14, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Practice, Practice, Practice



Nov 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Bill’s Pub Day!!



Nov 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 7



Nov 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

On Superstorms and Sea Level: Interview With the Man Who Saw it Coming



Nov 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

It’s Lonely Out There!



Nov 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Cartoons and Notes From a Big Night



Nov 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

This moment in history



Nov 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Re-Build? Re-think.



Nov 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 6



Nov 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday (and Sunday): Bill and Dave go Camping



Nov 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Where’s Bildo?



Nov 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sandy and Climate Change



Nov 1, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

The Complete Romney Set



Oct 31, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Stop Doing That!



Oct 30, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Wild Ducks: How an Essay of the Empty Nest was Hatched



Oct 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Buckeyes



Oct 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light: Episode 5



Oct 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Adventures in RomneyLand V: A State of Love



Oct 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two, Minus One: Michael Nye Interviews Himself



Oct 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Last Testicular Hero



Oct 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Adventures in RomneyLand IV: What a Cute and Cuddly Moderate…



Oct 24, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice

Bad Advice Wednesday: Have Way (with words)



Oct 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, I Used to Play in Bands, Movies

Life Among Giants: An Amateur Makes a Trailer, and Hooks it to a Star



Oct 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The John Hay Foundation



Oct 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 4



Oct 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Let Them Eat [Fill in The Blank]



Oct 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Pacific Northwest Renga



Oct 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons

Six Predictions for Monday’s Debate



Oct 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Adventures in RomneyLand III: Bindermania!



Oct 17, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: It’s All About the Gaga



Oct 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Adventures in Romneyland II: Rise of the Chameleon!



Oct 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 3



Oct 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday, and Falling in the Brook



Oct 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

From the Archives: The Author Photo



Oct 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Day I Stopped Being an Environmental Writer by Susan Zakin



Oct 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Play with Time!



Oct 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Push Polling in Maine, and no doubt Elsewhere. Beware.



Oct 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: The Weight of Light, Episode 2



Oct 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: A Feeling of Wildness



Oct 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

The Innards



Oct 3, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Steady as she Goes!



Oct 1, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Serial Sunday: “The Weight of Light”



Sep 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Rainy Day Haiku



Sep 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Telephone: The Translation Game



Sep 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Romney’s New Campaign Slogan



Sep 26, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice

Bad Advice Wednesday: Research Creatively (and Empathetically)



Sep 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Birthday Poppy



Sep 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Adventures in Romneyland: Part 1



Sep 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: When Bill and Dave Came to Doe Branch



Sep 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Mitt Romney’s Inner Selves (We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet)



Sep 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave Just Want to Be Liked



Sep 19, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Reelin’ in the Years



Sep 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Dinner With Updike



Sep 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

How I Came to Write This Book



Sep 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: No Country for Waxwings



Sep 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life



Sep 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Learn to Take a Punch



Sep 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

We The Animals: Book Spine Poem II



Sep 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Attack! And Riposte! (Countering a Nasty Reviewer)



Sep 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: The Coming Season(s)



Sep 5, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Bad Advice Wednesday: Writing by the Think System



Sep 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Technology I Like: Presenting the jPad



Aug 31, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Beach Day



Aug 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Slow Down



Aug 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Reverse Table for Two: Gadi Elkin interviews Bill Roorbach in Dallas, Virtually



Aug 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Porcini in butter. (Photo Haiku # 457)



Aug 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

First Day of School: Field Notes on an Electronic Generation



Aug 22, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Become an Expert



Aug 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Scars on a Dry Land



Aug 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

A Book Spine Poem



Aug 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Birthday Edition



Aug 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Piano Lesson



Aug 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take a Road Trip



Aug 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table For Two: An Interview with John Lane



Aug 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Garlic Girl



Aug 8, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Have an Idea



Aug 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Stay Awake for the End is Near: Literature Meets Slumber Party at a Moby-Dick Marathon



Aug 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sacred Water



Aug 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Hog Island



Aug 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Paperback Has Arrived!



Aug 1, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Just Say No



Jul 30, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies, Table For Two: Interviews

The Video Essay: A New Way to Say (with John Bresland)



Jul 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Once More to the Lake



Jul 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo?



Jul 25, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take a Day Off, Really Off



Jul 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Book Guys



Jul 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: A Dog Day Photographic Crown of Sonnets



Jul 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Trip So Far in Pictures



Jul 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: What I Learned from WILD (Guest Post by Richard Gilbert)



Jul 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Life Among Giants



Jul 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

He Had His Moments



Jul 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Things I Noticed When I was Five, and This Morning, Too



Jul 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

ON THE ROAD: Highlights of the Western Trip So Far



Jul 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Monica Wood



Jul 11, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Write a Fan Letter. Preferably to Me.



Jul 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Support Your Local Prankster



Jul 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Origami Weekend: Confessions of a Non-Folder, Continued



Jul 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Summer Swimming



Jul 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Nature Writing by the Numbers



Jul 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Beg for Money!



Jul 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Dave at Doe Branch: A Photo Haiku



Jun 30, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Summer Pleasures, a Photo Haiku



Jun 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My New Book…and New Adventure…..And maybe a little help from you, Dear Reader



Jun 27, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Everything I Need to Know about Writing I Learned from Bartending!



Jun 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed



Jun 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Bug Haiku: North Carolina Night Insects



Jun 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: A Couple of Journal Pages From Long Ago



Jun 21, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Be Relentlessly Generous



Jun 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave’s on the Road



Jun 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Thanks to some of our Recent Guests



Jun 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Fern Walk and Turtle Sign



Jun 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Eleven Stages of Writing a Book



Jun 13, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Goodbye to the University, Goodbye



Jun 12, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Those Who Write, Teach



Jun 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Draw Obama in 6 Easy Steps, Draw Zuckerberg in 5



Jun 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Book Expo America and Me



Jun 6, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Be a Snob!



Jun 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

The Real Avengers Vs. The Forces of Facebook!



Jun 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Spring Freshet



Jun 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Puffins.



May 31, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Final Four Follow Up: Gessner vs. Plimpton, The Lost Footage



May 30, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Interview Yourself, Interview your Characters



May 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: A Visit to the Herring Run with John Hay



May 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

What has DOBX been buying lately?



May 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Eleven Bumper Stickers You Aren’t Likely to See, Election 2012



May 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Write a Novel in Just Thirty Years!



May 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Origami and the Art of Fiction



May 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Overnight Sensation: Reflections on a Year of Edith Pearlmania



May 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Now I Know my ABCs, My XTC, MIA, ELO, REM, RZA, ODB…



May 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Remembering a Couple of Fine Ol’ Dogs



May 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Gusto (and Schlitz)



May 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Poet Addresses the Graduates: Guest Post by Wesley McNair



May 16, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Luck and Pluck and WTF (Revisited)



May 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

NEVER HIT SEND, and Other Commandments for the Computer Age



May 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Movie Night: Marley. Bob, not the Dog.



May 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Me and Bobby McGee: Happy Mother’s Day



May 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Haiku with Wild Violets



May 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Life in the Hate State



May 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

The Writer Games: An Interview with Dinty W. Moore



May 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Dive Like an Osprey!



May 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Best Writing Program in the Country!



May 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

THE REAL AVENGERS



May 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Clappers



May 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave’s Greatest Hits



May 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Sweet Sixteen! Here They are…the Best Writin’ Schools in the Country



May 2, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Make Like Shakespeare, or at Least Spalding Gray



May 1, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Give Up All Hope: The Machines Have Won, and You Have Become Your Computer’s Slave



Apr 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Spring Goodies



Apr 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The MFA Tournament: Help Crown the Best Writing School in the Country (Vote Early and Often)



Apr 25, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday All-Star Guest Post: Whistle While You Wait



Apr 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Is It Safe to Eat the Fish? And Other Questions Two Years After the Spill



Apr 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies, Reading Under the Influence

The Hunger Games, Movie and Book. Is this for kids?



Apr 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Music from Big Pink



Apr 21, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: A (Little) Nature Essay in Film



Apr 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Anniversary BP! The Oil Spill Two Years Later



Apr 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics, Getting Outside, Movies

A Night at the Movies: “The Island President”



Apr 18, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Give Yourself the Gift of a Writing Week



Apr 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

My Kindle Nook



Apr 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

“A Prize I Won By Not Doing Something”



Apr 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Costa Rican Critters



Apr 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Ira Sukrungruang Comes to Maine



Apr 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

One on One: Larry Bird vs. John D’Agata



Apr 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Henry and Me (In 3-D and High Def): A Cartoon Essay



Apr 11, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Decision Time, MFA



Apr 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Georgia Review Wins It All!



Apr 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Emma, by Jane Austen, Poolside, With Crocodiles



Apr 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Spend a Week Writing in Vermont at Wildbranch (as close as we get to an ad)



Apr 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Empty Nest Syndrome



Apr 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica



Apr 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Finals are Set: Battle of the Reviews!



Apr 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Memories of the Lit Mag Sweet Sixteen



Apr 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Final Four Lit Mag Update



Apr 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday:The Art of the Disclaimer



Apr 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Final Four Literary Magazines



Apr 2, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Things You Never Hear Writing Teachers Say



Mar 30, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Wren Cam–Day 5



Mar 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Truth in Nonfiction But Were Afraid to Ask: A Bad Advice Cartoon Essay



Mar 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Has Spring Sprung Early?



Mar 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Wren Cam: Day 2



Mar 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Our Best American Essays

Getting Outside Saturday: “Scioto Blues”



Mar 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Wren in the Writing Shack III.



Mar 22, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Nothing But the Truth!……Or Maybe Not…..



Mar 20, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Guest Contributor Joshua Bodwell



Mar 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Our Best American Essays

Vernal Equinox



Mar 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Learning the Island



Mar 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Where’s Billdo?



Mar 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy (Pagan) Birthday to Me!



Mar 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Revel in Creation



Mar 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill and Dave Enter the D’Agata Storm



Mar 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Dummy Downhill



Mar 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Ice Out



Mar 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Edith Pearlman Wins! (And so do small presses!)



Mar 8, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Dave’s Random Doodle Day



Mar 7, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take a Circuit



Mar 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence: Joan Didion



Mar 5, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

David Byrne Meets Ned Ryerson



Mar 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Movies

R.I.P. Mighty Waddles: A First-Class Rooster



Mar 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Live Report From AWP…….



Mar 1, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays, Reading Under the Influence

SUMMERS WITH JULIET is Twenty



Feb 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Be Like Nixon!



Feb 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Michael Martone



Feb 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

On the Netting and Tagging of Babies



Feb 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Oscar Degrees of Separation



Feb 25, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Getting Outside Saturday: Some Recent Journal Pages…A Mystery Solved



Feb 23, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Trouble in Happy Valley: Penn State, Joe Paterno, and the Art of Fracking



Feb 22, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Beginnings



Feb 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Rare Mystery Bird Identified



Feb 20, 2012  |  Posted in Our Best American Essays

A Letter to a Neighbor



Feb 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Our Best American Essays

Our Best American Essays: Shitdiggers, Mudflats, and the Worm Men of Maine



Feb 18, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: It’s All About Ice



Feb 17, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Dave’s Jungle Adventure! (Really!)



Feb 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Rock Lit 101 (or: Rock and Roll for English Majors)



Feb 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Beware to Com-PARE!



Feb 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Skiing the Beach (Redux?)



Feb 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Hostages



Feb 12, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Things I Saw in New York



Feb 11, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Getting Outside Saturday: Field Notes on My Daughter



Feb 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Movie Night: “Pina: A Movie for Pina Bausch”



Feb 8, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Thisness of a That



Feb 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Losers



Feb 6, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Ghosts of Rocky Flats



Feb 4, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Getting Outside Saturday: Winter Color



Feb 3, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Few More Ballads



Feb 1, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday, Superbowl Edition: VINCE WILFORK, C’EST MOI



Jan 31, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Game Ball! (Superbowl Teaser before tomorrow’s Bad Advice, Superbowl Edition)



Jan 30, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Henry Miller’s Commandments



Jan 29, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Don’t Let it Bring You Down



Jan 28, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Ballad of Rocky Flats



Jan 27, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Put Your Best Photo Forward



Jan 26, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Ultimate Glory



Jan 25, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Memory Game



Jan 24, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

How the Gingrich Stole Christmas



Jan 23, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Read Local!



Jan 20, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Letter to my Representative by Lia Purpura



Jan 19, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Reviewing My Reviewers: Part II



Jan 16, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Little Sweep



Jan 15, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball



Jan 14, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

AFTER THE GAME…



Jan 13, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Jerry



Jan 11, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday (Creative Nonfiction: What Kind of Roast Chicken IS This, Anyway?)



Jan 10, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Missy and Me



Jan 9, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Why Portland, Oregon, is the Coolest Literary City in the West



Jan 7, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Where’s Bildo?



Jan 4, 2012  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Spend a Week with Bill and Dave



Jan 1, 2012  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Happy New Year from Bill and Dave’s



Dec 30, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Back on the Cape: An Elemental Interlude



Dec 28, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

10 Bad New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (Bad Advice Wednesday: The Holiday Edition)



Dec 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Merry Christmas!



Dec 23, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Mapping the Night Trees



Dec 23, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Our Best American Essays

Winter Solstice



Dec 21, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Writer, Edit Thyself!



Dec 20, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2011-2012



Dec 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Wind Journey



Dec 14, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t be Stupid



Dec 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: an Interview with Maureen Stanton



Dec 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Cover Me (Part III)



Dec 9, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Cover Me (Part II)



Dec 8, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Amazon Revenge: Reviewing my Reviewer



Dec 7, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: A List From John Lane



Dec 6, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Keep Hope Alive (In the South No Less)



Dec 3, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Chester Greenwood Day: Our Parade



Dec 1, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Poker with Nelson Algren



Nov 30, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Do Something for Someone Else (30 Ideas for Writers)



Nov 29, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Maps and the Mind



Nov 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Seven Good Things About Fall



Nov 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Point of View, or Happy Thanksgiving from NYC



Nov 23, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Turn the Page



Nov 22, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Americature



Nov 21, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside, Reading Under the Influence

Visual Haiku



Nov 20, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Mr. Hopeless Redux



Nov 19, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Beyond Flipper



Nov 16, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Memoir, Don’t Do It!



Nov 13, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics, Getting Outside

Big Wind



Nov 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Why Thoreau Wouldn’t Drive a Prius



Nov 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Learning to Surf



Nov 8, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Be Your Own Willy! Give Yourself a Minimum Word Count



Nov 6, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Furthur in Portland, Maine



Nov 3, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Random Doodle Day: Sketches From My Journal



Nov 2, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Annotated Table of Contents



Nov 1, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Big Year



Oct 30, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

What Bloody Man is That? (a review of “Sleep no More”)



Oct 26, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wed: Accept Your Small Self; Strive to be Larger



Oct 25, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Are You a Megalomaniac? A Quiz For Writers



Oct 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Short Stories

Harbinger Hall



Oct 21, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Captain Memoir Vs. Agent Man (Part III of Bill and Dave Comics)



Oct 20, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Reason 363 Why Mitt Romney Should not be President



Oct 19, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Journey Years



Oct 18, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Meaning of Lance



Oct 15, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Lea Graham



Oct 15, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Classic Bill: “Into Woods”



Oct 13, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Part Two of the Cartoon Adventures of Bill and Dave: The Perils of Blurb Hunting



Oct 12, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Write Scenes!



Oct 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with Patricia Henley



Oct 6, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Cartoon Adventures of Bill and Dave



Oct 5, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Just Write



Oct 4, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Confessions of a Nature Writer



Sep 30, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Green Headed Jelly Babies and Other Fruiting Bodies: Mushroom Day at Bill and Dave’s



Sep 28, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Really Bad Advice Wednesday: Accept Being Poor!



Sep 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Table For Two: Interviews

Table for Two: An Interview with John Clayton



Sep 25, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Boletus Edulis?



Sep 23, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Movies

Movie Time! The Tarball Trailer…..



Sep 21, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Movies

Bad Advice Wednesday Live!



Sep 19, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Nabucco in HD: Opera Too Close for Illusion



Sep 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Can Anderson Come out and Play?



Sep 15, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

From Blog to Book



Sep 14, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Movies

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take Your Work to the Movies



Sep 12, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Big Reed Forest Reserve



Sep 8, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

The Author Photo



Sep 7, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Kill Your Internet, or, Writing in the Time of Harrison Bergeron



Sep 5, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Profusion



Aug 30, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take a Workshop



Aug 30, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Topsail Island: A Photo Essay



Aug 27, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

Gold



Aug 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

The Perils of Irene: Will the Shack Survive?



Aug 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Break Your Book Out Into the World



Aug 23, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Obamas and Ospreys: A Vacation Tip



Aug 21, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Obama’s Summer Reading: A Look Inside



Aug 18, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

My Presidential Address: Obama and I go one on one….



Aug 16, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: The Character Files



Aug 12, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Getting Outside

A Moonlight Paddle



Aug 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

We Are Not Alone: The Other Bill and Daves’



Aug 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Keep a Writing Chart



Aug 8, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Short Stories

Blues Machine



Aug 5, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

If Hemingway Wrote Portnoy’s Complaint



Aug 3, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Start a Writers Group?



Jul 31, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Short Stories

Investigation



Jul 30, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Elvis Costello at the State



Jul 27, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take Down your 10,000 Hours



Jul 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Sad Ending, or at Least Compost



Jul 25, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Wuthering



Jul 21, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday (Thursday Edition): Take a Break



Jul 19, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Spock Twins: The Death of the Death of Environmentalism



Jul 18, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Health Insurance and the Independent Writer



Jul 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Essays

Royal Visitor



Jul 13, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Don’t Write in THE FUTURE



Jul 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Marsh Man: The Trailer for My Green Manifesto



Jul 10, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Scraps from The Cutting Room Floor



Jul 8, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Myth of Dan (The River Man)



Jul 6, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day at Bill and Daves: The Cutting Principle



Jul 5, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A New Music



Jul 1, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Candling



Jun 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Reviewing The New Yorker’s Summer Reading Issue: Two Thumbs Up, both Mine



Jun 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Return of Mr. Hopeless



Jun 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Crash and Burn: Bill and Dave come Back From the Brink



Jun 22, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day: Getting Started (Fiction Edition)



Jun 21, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Mr. Hopeless



Jun 18, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

The Incremental Method



Jun 17, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Father’s Voice



Jun 15, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Tough Guys Keep Journals (And You Should Too)



Jun 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Incubator



Jun 8, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Bad Advice Wednesday: Why Not Say What Happened?



Jun 7, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

I Love You: Three Thoughts on Love



Jun 4, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

It’s Thank Your Editor Day at Bill and Dave’s!



Jun 1, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day: How to Get on a Roll, or, The Value of Momentum



May 31, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Cover Me



May 30, 2011  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

A Few Pictures from my visit to Henry Beston’s beach with John Hay



May 28, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Another Night at the Opera



May 26, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Poster Biz Part II: Attack on Reagan’s Head



May 25, 2011  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence



May 25, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day: Finding Time to Write



May 20, 2011  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Twelve Random Reading Observations



May 19, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Mutual Brain Damage (Special Guest Star: Clyde Edgerton)



May 18, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day: Rejection as Biofuel, or, Showing the Bastards



May 17, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Facebook Etiquette? Or: Bill and Dave’s is Starting a Fan Page (Hit “Like”!)



May 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sure, Nature, But Not Too Much Nature, Please: On Snakes, Toads, Birds and Poets



May 14, 2011  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

“Just Kids” by Patti Smith



May 13, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Caution: End of the World



May 13, 2011  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Shack Reading



May 12, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Self-Promotion Blues, or, Me and Jessica Lange



May 11, 2011  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Wednesday is Bad Advice Day: this week, The Secret of Getting Published (and your letters answered)



May 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Whose Woods These Are: A Public Letter to Our New Chancellor



May 9, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Don't Talk About Politics

Bill and Dave’s Kochtail Hour



May 6, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Writing About Real People (and their Houses)



May 4, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Farewell, My Lovely



Apr 29, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Gessner on Mailer (and others)



Apr 27, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Trickle Down Theory



Apr 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Three Wishes



Apr 22, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy Earth Day



Apr 20, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

April Fools



Apr 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Apes of God



Apr 11, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sidekicks



Apr 5, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Happy (Oily) Anniversary



Mar 28, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The High Side (an announcement)



Mar 16, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, I Used to Play in Bands

I Used to Play in Bands is Back: Spinal Fusion Edition



Mar 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Good Luck Gannet Day (Check out Gannet video below)



Mar 4, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Ergonomics



Feb 28, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Tribute to John Hay (1915–2011)



Feb 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

And the Oscar for Revision Goes to….



Feb 17, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Our Favorite Story



Feb 10, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Late Night Cable, or, Tales of Recuperation



Feb 6, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

For the Love of Work, or,Tea with Melville



Jan 31, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Learn to Type in Ten Days: Neck, Part III



Jan 28, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Wormtown: The Fate of Man



Jan 24, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

More from the Short Story Unit



Jan 21, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Occupational Hazards



Jan 18, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Making Of…(A Happy Story)



Jan 12, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

GET WELL SOON, BILL



Jan 7, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

On the Road–Again



Jan 4, 2011  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Churchill Wit



Dec 31, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

100 Ways to Celebrate Amateur’s Night



Dec 23, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Junger Envy: A Perfect, Rank Place



Dec 21, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Southern Drivers



Dec 14, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Lance Link, Secret Chimp



Dec 7, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–Part VI



Dec 1, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Reference Season



Nov 26, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–part 5



Nov 21, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Our Best American Short Stories

Thanksgiving



Nov 15, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–part 4



Nov 11, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Border Patrol



Nov 7, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–part 3



Nov 3, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Cowboy Words



Oct 31, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–part 2



Oct 28, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Ab of Steel



Oct 22, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Adventures of Mr. Id–Part 1



Oct 20, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Night at the Opera



Oct 15, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Ballad of Ed and Sally (All Dogs by Hadley Gessner)



Oct 11, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Corn Maze



Oct 8, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Attack of the Cashier



Oct 6, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Home and Cocktails



Oct 4, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Checking in With You, Gentle Dave



Oct 1, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Checking in With you, Dear Reader



Sep 26, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Odd Jobs #1: The Things A Writer Must Do (…an occasional series)



Sep 20, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Hair Thing



Sep 15, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Danish Blood



Sep 13, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Writing End of Life Stories



Sep 8, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Goodbye to All That



Sep 3, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Kid of the Year



Aug 31, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Three and a half years later…



Aug 27, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Convocation! (With Ospreys…not seahawks)



Aug 26, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Two Hungry Davids



Aug 23, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Summer Reading: A Confession



Aug 19, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 12: Limping Homeward



Aug 16, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Ktaadn



Aug 12, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 11: Atlantis



Aug 9, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

That’s Entertainment!



Aug 5, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 10: Beyond the Oiled Pelcian



Aug 3, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Reunion Season



Jul 30, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 9: Field Notes from an EPA Meeting



Jul 28, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 8: The River



Jul 26, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

First Class



Jul 23, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 7: Castles and Shanties



Jul 21, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 6: The Green Sun Rises



Jul 19, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Katmai Air



Jul 16, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 5: Ecotones and Barriers



Jul 15, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 4: Of Forms and Fishermen, or, The British Are Coming/Here



Jul 13, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day Three: A Dawn Walk



Jul 10, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

McBride’s



Jul 8, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 2: Corexit, Ospreys, and The Tarball Wars



Jul 7, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Day 1: Baptism at Tarball Beach



Jul 5, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Kachemak Bay



Jul 1, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Sarcasm (wink, wink), or, Maybe Small Presses are Doomed too.



Jun 29, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Over Packed



Jun 25, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Graphic Novel Tournament



Jun 23, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Drive Yourself Crazy with Thomas Wolfe



Jun 23, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Now for Some Old Time Nature Writing…The Oyster and the Oil



Jun 22, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Why I’m Going to the Gulf



Jun 17, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The House That We Built: A Nursery Rhyme For the Gulf



Jun 15, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

My Week at Nature (Writing) Camp (New, Improved Edition)



Jun 13, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bill’s last known post from Kachemak Bay (Happy Solstice!)



Jun 11, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Rise of the Machines: Notes on the Literary Apocalypse



Jun 8, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Stopping Titan



Jun 7, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

On the Banks of the River Ose



Jun 4, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

PROPOSING (“Will you…”)



Jun 2, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Acceptable Lies and the Ghost of James Frey, (or, Against the Lit of Fact III)



May 30, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

The Fact of Literature (Part Two: Bill’s Take)



May 28, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Against a Literature of Fact (Part I. Dave’s Take.)



May 26, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A Goodbye to Porn



May 24, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Message in a Bottle



May 17, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Johnson-mania!



May 17, 2010  |  Posted in Cartoons, Cocktail Hour

Cartoons (Minimal Reading Required)



May 16, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Make My Day



May 12, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

A No-Hitter on Acid



May 10, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Land of Giants!



May 6, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Bird People



May 3, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

In and Out of the Audience



Apr 28, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour, Reading Under the Influence

Jonathan Franzen and the Great Swamp Warbler



Apr 25, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

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Apr 21, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

We are all poets now



Apr 18, 2010  |  Posted in Cocktail Hour

Luck and Pluck and WTF



Apr 8, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Reading Under the Influence



Apr 6, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

The Humbling



Apr 6, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

The Anthologist



Apr 6, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

Wolf Hall



Apr 6, 2010  |  Posted in Reading Under the Influence

The Wives of Henry VIII



Apr 6, 2010  |  Posted in Bad Advice, Cocktail Hour

Beginning Is Terrifying Business



Mar 19, 2010  |  Posted in Talking to Ghosts

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