Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

A What The Hell po-purree

A few tidbits I’ve collected to share with my weekly readers: What she said Joyce Carol Oates live-tweeted the Mad Men finale and found it severely lacking. One cogent example: … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

The numbers racket: What The Hell going weekly

I’m the anal-obsessive type. When I wear a watch, I’m constantly checking the time. When I got a car that tells me the outside air temperature, I became obsessed with … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 18 Comments

Three lasses & one guitar

Sure, this is an ad for a camera, but it is mighty cool nonetheless. Just goes to show, if you can’t manage something on your own, get a couple of … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A sweet eulogy of B. B. King by Eric Clapton

  Who better to say farewell to the last of the Three Kings Of The Blues? (Albert, Freddie, and B.B.) King is one of those performers, like Pete Seeger, who … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

Screwed: sex education then and now

A piece on sex ed came across my screen yesterday — touching mainly on how bad we are at teaching our children about sex. This sent me on a nostalgic … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 13 Comments

Today I think I’ll use… Hyperbaton

It’s fun to use obscure literary and rhetorical terms that nobody knows for techniques that we use all the time. All hyperbaton really is is messing with the typical order … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 4 Comments

Let’s review

One of the things I hoped for when I gave away 3250 copies of Occasional Soulmates last weekend was a spate of new reviews on Amazon. Books with lots of … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 12 Comments

When we were young: David Bowie edition

Here’s Ziggy Stardust before he had even thought up Ziggy Stardust, winning some kind of pop music award for creativity and originality. They liked “Space Oddity” enough to give its … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 9 Comments

John Maynard Keynes has it just about right

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking. (I cribbed this from Paul Krugman’s column today, but the idea seems universal, … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hysterical accuracy

I mean, historical accuracy. Sorry. As I edit my next novel (have I mentioned that it’s called Town Father and is set in 1880s California?), I’m getting the occasional shudder … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 9 Comments