Ann Patchett — My Brand-New Favorite Author

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I've got a new favorite author. Ann Patchett. Step aside Marilynne Robinson and Annie Dillard, Leo Tolstoy and Richard Ford. … [Read more...]

At the Feet of Annie Dillard, Memoirist, Essayist, Observer of the Real

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Ask me to name the writers I'd most like to sit down to dinner with and I'd say Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson … [Read more...]

I Landed a Bit Part in a Real Movie — Thank You, Armistead Maupin

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Yes, it's true. I'll be making a brief appearance in a movie coming out soon. It's a documentary about my old San Francisco … [Read more...]

Huston Smith Dies at 97: A Mentor to Me . . . and Millions

Sad but inevitable news: religion scholar Huston Smith died at the age of 97 on December 30. I'm just one of the millions of fans, friends, seekers and … [Read more...]

“Bamboo Secrets” — A Love Story in the Shadow of Japan

By Barbara Falconer Newhall You'd think that if you'd read a book five, six, maybe fifteen times, you wouldn't want to read it yet again. But I did. I … [Read more...]