writers and genres, some recommendations and a poem: Procedure for writing non-fiction

English: Silver Pencil Sharpener

English: Silver Pencil Sharpener (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

fiction – Pete Dexter

biography – Robert Caro

crime – Lawrence Block

essays – E.B. White

short plays – Sam Shepard

screenplays – Robert Towne  and Preston Sturges

my old poem

Procedure for writing non-fiction

Spin around three times in your swivel chair.
Cast over each shoulder the mixture
Of pencil sharpener shavings and eraser fragments.

Look at the empty page.

Close your eyes and say:

E.B. White
E.B. White
E.B. White


Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on...

Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just noticed an article in the sports page using LBJ in the title, referring to LeBron James of the NBA.   I am almost 60 years old and for me first and forever, LBJ, refers to Lydon Baines Johnson, once President of the United States.

LBJ is perhaps the most complex politician in the history of America.  I just finished reading volume four of the biography of Johnson  by Robert Caro.  It traces the 1960 election that saw LBJ dither about running for President, the race won by JFK, the odd making of the Democratic ticket, the campaign, the Vice-Presidency of Johnson, the assassination of JFK, and the transition of Johnson from VP to President. Caro describes so very clearly the blocked legislative situation that had stopped JFK’s plans and how Johnson magnificently rose to the challenge of that frozen state and moved key legislation through his astute judgement and long experience with Congress.

In the future and final volume Caro will describe the Voter Registration Act that Johnson drove through and the quagmire of Viet Nam.