Happy Indepedence Day! Even though it’s a holiday, we’re here at the Writing House writing like it’s our duty. Join us. Write a poem, short stort, personal essay, or song that expresses how you feel about America. Exercise your freedom of speech. To butcher Mark Twain, the man who can write and does not has no advantage over the man who cannot write.

Mystery and Manners: On Teaching Flannery O’Connor

Stop what you’re doing and read Nick Ripatrazone’s great essay over at The Millions “On Teaching Flannery O’Connor.” He picked my brain and several others about our experiences teaching Flannery O’Connor, and he has some kind and generous things to say about my book A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.

Nick is one of the best writers out there taking on issues of religion and culture, so keep tabs on him.

In honor of the 100th birthday of John Hersey, I thought I would share my homage to Hiroshima, his most famous and important book—the book that made me want to be a writer. Pictures of the Floating World: On the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima
A chapter from my 2006 book, A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (Soft Skull Press).