Category Archives: September – Nonfiction

When Nonfiction is Nonboring


How many of you out there have ever been asked to write something about yourself and thought: “Ugh, but I have nothing to stay! I’m boring!”

Bet a lot of you have.

But, let’s be honest, are you really that boring? You’re not, trust me. One thing being a journalist taught me is that everyone has a story to tell, and it’s entertaining because it is their story. But I’m not going to talk to you today about journalism,. I’m going to talk to you about creative nonfiction (CNF for short). I’ll let Wiki describe it:

“Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not written to entertain based on writing style or florid prose. As a genre, creative nonfiction is still relatively young, and is only beginning to be scrutinized with the same critical analysis given to fiction and poetry.”


Isaav Asimov: More Than Robots


When you hear the name Isaac Asimov many of you will think of the three laws of robotics and that he only wrote about robots (Bicentennial Man and I, Robot). In his seventy-two years of life he wrote over 500 books in 9 out of 10 of the major Dewey Decimal Classifications. He wrote his set of encyclopedias, books on religion, astronomy, mathematics, animal welfare, and the environment. He even invented psychohistory, a science which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics.

Nothing about Isaac Asimov is simple, starting from his birth. He was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920, but he celebrated his birthday on January 2nd. He was born in Petrovichi, Soviet Russia. He was the oldest of three children. With the change in political power, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. His name in Cyrillic was Исаак Озимов and translated was Isaak Ozimov. Due its pronunciation, it was eventually changed to Isaac Asimov. He never spoke Russian. His parents spoke Yiddish and went on to learn English in America. He was raised an Orthodox Jew but was an Atheist.