How the Blog Got Its Name
It was Ernest Hemingway who, in a conversation with his biographer A.E. Hotchner, coined the term "unsynchronized passion." He was referring to his love for Marlene Dietrich, though the pair never had an affair. But maybe there are benefits to be found in unsynchronized passions. It's a subject my blog will explore, but in the meantime I salute Hemingway for all the ways he influenced writers of his own century--and the current era, too.
UNSYNCHRONIZED PASSIONS: A BLOG
December 22, 2011
"Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago."
It's my favorite opening in fiction, the first two lines of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" (1956), which I return to each December the way someone else might revisit O'Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" or Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." I introduced this 27-page story to my daughter when she was only five, reading aloud from the 1996 Modern Library edition, a slim blue volume that also includes "The Thanksgiving Visitor" (1968) and "One Christmas" (1982). This collection was out of print for a while, but it has been reissued. (more…)
December 19, 2011
Launching a blog--or a web site--is an act of faith similar to writing an article or even a book. Will anyone read it? Will anyone leave a comment? Why bother adding MY voice to the millions of voices already chattering in cyberspace?
There are no easy answers to these questions except one: writers write. (more…)