where the writers are

Geoffrey Edmund Fox's Blog

RSSSyndicate content
Oct.05.2011
Writer, translator and occasional contributor to this blog Dirk van Nouhuys here offers us a provocative way to think of what novels make a difference. His list of unforgettable works won't be just like yours, and isn't exactly like mine (though he and I agree that Fielding's hilarious and ever...
Continue Reading »
Sep.23.2011
A 6-ton satellite is about to crash to Earth in hours or maybe days, no one can say where, and our whole planet is about to be destroyed by some unstoppable force called "the markets," but hey! — don't panic. It's only the destruction of the world we're talking about, it's not like this was a...
Continue Reading »
Aug.31.2011
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. Penguin, 2008. A 19-year-old Turkish Istanbuli girl oblivious to the past and nearly suffocated by her overdevoted relatives, meets a 19-year-old Armenian-American girl obsessed by the past and nearly suffocated by her overdevoted relatives; the first...
Continue Reading »
Aug.30.2011
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher My rating: 3 of 5 stars This digressive examination of whether and, if so, how a speaker's language structures his/her thoughts contains two interesting arguments bundled with amusing anecdotes about...
Continue Reading »
Aug.30.2011
Peter de Lissovoy and I have just read each other's books, and he has now posted a very enthusiastic review of A Gift for the Sultan (it's the latest, so you have to scroll down to the bottom of the review page) — thanks, Pete. And he's asking me the same question that I asked about his Feelgood...
Continue Reading »
Aug.30.2011
  Here are my notes (recenty recovered from an old file) from the cartoonists panel at this long-ago conference in New York City. These guys exist to remind us that we can't understand anything about modern politics if we take our leaders seriously.  To see current work by Matt...
Continue Reading »
Apr.15.2011
What great ideas! The NY TImes reports on ways to "sign" your e-books for your fans. This will be great for all the Kindle and Smashwords readers of A Gift for the Sultan (and other things that I will be publishing shortly — watch this space). Authors Sign eBooks Electronically - NYTimes....
Continue Reading »
Apr.14.2011
Red Room invites us: This week, whether it's your own parents or someone else's, please blog about the best example you've seen of great parenting. My own were pretty good, but I think they would have been as puzzled as I about the idea of "great parenting." As though there were some...
Continue Reading »
Apr.11.2011
Here's a provocative little essay by Bill Henderson (in PW) on why e-readers are bad for our forests, and our brains: Books Without Batteries:The Negative Impacts of Technology It's all true. It's also almost entirely irrelevant. Every new technology has negative impacts, beginning (if we...
Continue Reading »
Apr.07.2011
Sunday I turned 70. That means that I am now one of the elders. I do not take this responsibility lightly. You and all the other members of our tribe — the entire human race — have a right to expect more of me now, and I shall try to satisfy your expectations. I am probably not any smarter than...
Continue Reading »
Mar.29.2011
Another intelligent analysis of our changing lit industry by the insightful and very experienced Mike Shatzkin. My latest book is now available both as paperback (Amazon's Createspace) and as an e-book through Kindle or Smashwords. The amazingly versatile and well-organized Smashwords makes...
Continue Reading » 3 comments
Mar.24.2011
All writers have to have some psychological trick to use when the going gets rough or when you just don't know how to confront the blank screen or page. For some, it can be a mood-altering substance like alcohol or opium, but that's dangerous and, from what I've seen from writers' bios, works...
Continue Reading »
Mar.16.2011
Envy was my inconstant companion for many years, and I kind of miss him now that he's gone.  He directed my attention to writers who won bigger prizes or sold more or published in more prestigious places. He didn't accept my excuses for being less famous, less well-reviewed etc. And really, my...
Continue Reading »
Dec.14.2010
Geoff Fox reading in Librería (bookstore) Nobel, Vera, Spain
I've been busy promoting my new novel, A Gift for the Sultan, remotely all over the US and Canada and directly here in Spain where I live. Most of my neighbors and friends in this little fishing village (Carboneras, in Almería) can't read it but want to! So my partner Susana and I translated two...
Continue Reading »
Sep.12.2010
Sultan cover
Finally, after years of reflection, investigation, writing, rewriting, and mind-wandering, my most ambitious work of fiction to date is about to appear! Launch early next month (October 2010). A GIFT FOR THE SULTAN is a historical novel about the great conflict between Orthodox Christian...
Continue Reading »