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Say bye bye to the Great American Novel

Writers Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and Adam Kirsch (Why Trilling Matters) argue the pros and cons of the Great American Novel in today’s NYT. I’m not sure why. Every now and … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 19 Comments

The fabulous flying fingers of Senhor Bonfa

I’m so glad someone thought to preserve these old clips from shows like Perry Como and Mike Douglas. We get to see the great performers and artists who might have … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

The view from the distant past…

One thing I notice as I get older is that things change in subtle ways. Aside from technology, a lot of everyday existence now is pretty much the same as … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 7 Comments


Originally posted on 1 Write Way:
My favorite dilettante has a new volume of “memoirs” coming soon.  Who cares if her stories are fact or fiction?  They are always decisively entertaining.…

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Remembering Robert Stone

I was saddened to read the other day of the death of novelist Robert Stone, one of my heroes. He was a writer I landed on early in my development … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 9 Comments

Wilson Pickett is apparently in love

Did you watch “Soul Train,” kids? I used to, now and then. But I was just a dumb fourteen-year-old when it debuted back in ’71, and I’d tune in mainly … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

The perils of Googling yourself

One thing I’ve learned: you’ll always regret Googling yourself and looking at the Images page. I was killing time yesterday waiting for an electrician to show up, so I thought … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 14 Comments

Sibling rivalry — ya think?

Did you know that John Faulkner had a brother who was also a fiction writer? I tell you, it’s always a bit unseemly when an older brother like William has … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:
One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and…

January 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

What’s that word for fear of heights? Anyway, this guy doesn’t have it…

I just spotted this on Boing Boing, and it’s so breathtaking I had to share it with y’all. Dude climbs a 1500 foot tower to change the light bulb at … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 10 Comments