PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 4/27/2018

I have a ‘writer’s motivation’ post in the works as I haven’t posted much on the blog recently, outside of the PES and story/process entries. So look for that in the coming week.


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
We could nor laugh nor wail;
Through utter drought all dumb we stood!
I bit my arm, I sucked the blood,
And cried, A sail! a sail!

Alright! I finally get that whole ‘albatross around the neck’ idiom! Loved this narrative poem (ballad).


Tommy Pham by Jack Dickey from Sports Illustrated (April 9th, 2018)

“I don’t feel sorry for myself, I really don’t,” Pham says. “I made the most out of my situation—but these things weren’t hardships to me. It was just life.”

I’m a fairweather sports guy. I “have” a football team (Pittsburgh Steelers), but I only watch the games occasionally. In an effort to broaden my horizons and inspiration (per Ray Bradbury’s instruction), I subscribed to Sports Illustrated and have been going through issues that piled up while I was getting through Francis Bacon. I gotta say, these sports writers are kings when it comes to character and voice. You want to really dig into traits and dialogue, I heartily recommend reading some of what these folks put out. This Tommy Pham article is a great example. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about shots per game and the current wisdom on how to best hit a baseball.

Short Story

The Avenging Phonograph by E. R. Punshon 

I’m now cracking into another Barnes and Noble anthology — Great Horror Stories: 101 Chilling Tales. This was reminiscent of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, but enjoyable nonetheless. I’m only about ten stories into this book, but it’s interesting how differently they’re told. The majority of them don’t answer the story question posed at the beginning, which we’re told is very important for modern readers. They typically end with something along the lines of, “…and so no one really knows what happened, but it’s said that…”

Just an interesting note.

Happy Friday!


8 thoughts on “PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 4/27/2018

  1. I love that you vary your reading selections. I stick to novels with the occasional nonfiction book. Never poetry or essays, and rarely short stories. I’m such a creature of habit.

    1. Thanks, Carrie. Before the Bradbury suggestion, I was definitely a creature of habit as well. Now I’m finding myself fascinated with so many things I never thought I’d be interested in. It’s been a real eye-opener, for sure. Hope you have a great weekend filled with sunshine and good beer. 🙂

      1. Good beer always helps the weekend. ?

  2. While in college and living with my parents, I read a ton of horror. I guess age has turned me into a big chicken. Have a great weekend, Phillip!

    1. It’s funny how tastes change! I definitely prefer reading different stuff now than I did when I was in college. What I’ve enjoyed so far about these older horror stories is their ‘old-timeyness’. They’re more fun, old-fashioned haunted-house type stories than gross-outs. Hope you have a great weekend too, Jill!

      1. Yeah, I can’t do the “gross-outs.” Silence of the Lambs is more my style. I looked under my bed and in my closet for weeks, after seeing that movie. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  3. Sports writers are easy to overlook, but they do some great work. One of my all-time favorite writers, George Plimpton, wrote some marvelously good books about sports. He didn’t fare so well at playing them–his five plays as quarterback of the Detroit Lions lost 30 yards, I believe–but it resulted in “Paper Lion”, a wonderful book that I re-read every few years. He had a real knack for ending a chapter on a high note.

    1. I’ll definitely have to pick that book up. Thanks for the comment, Berthold. Hope you are doing well!

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