The Monastery Zakhar Prilepin “Humanity is dark and terrifying, but the world is human and warm.” So ends Zakhar Prilepin’s massive historical novel “The Monastery” (Обитель), about the Solovki monastery-turned-prison-camp, the seed of the GULAG system. Following the fortunes of Artyom Goryainov, a prisoner in the camp, the novel charts all the aspects of prison […]Read more "“The Monastery” (Обитель) by Zakhar Prilepin"
Last time we talked about finding the right place to write. That’s important, but perhaps even more important is finding the right mindset. Writing should be fun! Yes, fun! I know it’s work, but it’s work you’re choosing to do, right? If it’s a total drag you’re doing something wrong. So here are some ideas […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing III: Making the Process Fun"
Reaching the Shore: A Story of Survival, Courage, and Endurance Bonnie Jane Hall What is the point of prison? That is one of the questions that this book asks, explicitly and implicitly, over and over again. Written by his mother, this is the story of Davin, who at 16 was tried as an adult, convicted […]Read more "“Reaching the Shore” by Bonnie Jane Hall"