WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Fun summertime reading for fans of summertime reading

A little reminder to you lovers of fine fiction, poetry, and essays, that The Disappointed Housewife is out there for your periodic lit-fix. We’ve had some interesting morsels lately: Most … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Writing is like busking … or can be

This article about a San Francisco busker reminds me of my long-ago days of busking in the London Underground when I was a student. This guy says he averages about … Continue reading

December 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Zadie gets it right

Somehow you need to get your hands on a copy of the October 24th edition of The New York Review of Books so you can read Zadie Smith’s piece, “Fascinated … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · 3 Comments

New poetry at The Disappointed Housewife

Bringing to your attention a terrific new poem over at The Disappointed Housewife, “On the Earth of Lincoln County, Washington, on Saint Valentine’s Day, 1993,” by Robert Keeler. Get over … Continue reading

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fun in the public domain

Here are a couple more ideas for your submissions to The Disappointed Housewife. An English friend of mine had the splendid idea of going through a famous book (in the … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · 5 Comments

The Disappointed Housewife needs some early submissions!

I’m starting to build a small collection of pieces for The Disappointed Housewife, gang. A few friends and old acquaintances have kicked in some work, and I’m wondering if any … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 19 Comments

Irish I could write like James Joyce

Writer and friend of the blog, Bill Pearse, and I were touching on James Joyce the other day in the context of one of Bill’s posts over at pinklightsabre. Dubliners, … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · 13 Comments

The economics of writing: more and more it’s pay-to-play

Here’s an interesting piece in Literary Hub about how the literary world is pretty much closed to those who can’t afford the price of admission. I’ve had this belief for … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 17 Comments

The wheel deal

Here’s a cool way to lose some valuable time. Someone has gone and charted a map of the U.S. with road trip routes from famous books. Everything from, obviously, On … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 5 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