WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Isolation

I’m on a new Saturday kick. Maybe — OK, I’ll admit it — maybe I overdid the monkey grooming videos, and I might have crossed a line with the squirrel … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 11 Comments

Take a walk on el lado salvaje

My Camino Walk: A Way to Healing by Timothy L. Phillips My rating: 4 of 5 stars I hadn’t heard of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain until Tim … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · 12 Comments

Another “Book review of nonexistent books”

As if his last novel hadn’t done enough damage, Braith Pindrop is back with a new book exploiting the nascent national fad of ferret racing. As far as this reviewer … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · 14 Comments

There’s sharks in these indie waters …

Maybe you’ve heard of BookLife, the division of Publishers Weekly that focuses on the indie market. I wish I hadn’t heard of it. The idea behind it is to promote … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · 20 Comments

Another outlet for brain droppings?

The other night I dreamed that I founded a new literary magazine. To be honest, someone else in the dream was the true founder, but she asked me to give … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · 19 Comments

101 “damnations!”

So this is what querying 101 agents looks like. I used to track this stuff on the computer, ultimately moving to QueryTracker (why not Query Tracker?), which proved to be … Continue reading

November 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

We all need to help one another

It’s the unlikely partnerships that have the greatest impact. I know there’s a political metaphor in here somewhere …

November 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Perks for pervs

Is it a great time to be a man or what? Well, at least it’s a great time to be a Republican man who has a thing for underage girls. … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 16 Comments

Mistaken identity

I was minding my own business, emerging from my apartment in St. Louis’s hip Central West End, when, just as I was stepping off the curb to jaywalk over to … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 6 Comments

Who gets to write about what

This was an interesting piece by Francine Prose, about the Kirkus Review’s take-back of a starred review because of a “sensitivity backlash” (my term) to the YA novel, American Heart, … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · 18 Comments