Book Review: Memoirs of a Starving Artist by Kenneth Rosenberg /REVIEW BY S.D. CURRAN

Book Review: Memoirs of a Starving Artist by Kenneth Rosenberg

Thousands of books a year are written by writers about writing, about the challenges they face, the lectures by parents of a life filled with rejection letters, and the inability to settle down and get a ‘real’ job, as society defines them.

Few are special. Like this one.

Part memoir and part travel diary, Memoirs of a Starving Artist chronicles Kenneth Rosenberg’s writing career, filled with rejection letters and that inevitable feeling of failure that comes from a writer’s life. Rather than spending his time in his bedroom, crying in his pillow, however, Kenneth travels the world and documents his journeys through Hungary, Budapest, Australia, accepting odd jobs such as a ski instructor, and even works on a boat as a degreaser (The name is exactly what it is; he degreased the engines of the ship, among other things).

Writers of all ages will benefit from Kenneth’s wit and wisdom as he travels from country to country, discussing the plight of writers and wondering how famous writers like Hemingway would survive in today’s fast-food, consumer writing culture that leaves people full but not enlightened. Throughout the book, he asks the same question, not necessarily of himself, but of his readers: Is literary fiction dead?



S.D. Curran is an author, blogger, and professor of English at Quincy College and Liberty University. He holds a M.A. in English from National University in La Jolla, CA. He earned his doctorate in 2014 from Jones International University in Centennial, CO. His second novel, For None of Woman Born was published on January 1st, 2015 and is available from He lives in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife, Bethany, and their neurotic cat, Lancelot.


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