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joan-moran's picture
Mar.31.2014
It's rare that you have time to reflect on your life. Self-reflection is a considered a luxury these days instead of a necessity. You rush from pillar to post and the minutes tick by until the end of the day when you literally fall into bed, into a stupor of dreams or no sleep at all because...
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Nov.22.2013
By Randy Susan Meyers As I waited for my first novel to launch, I was told by the experienced: 1) "Don't expect to get on Oprah." (I wasn't.) 2) Waiting for launch was "the quiet before the quiet." (Hey, thanks for depressing me!) 3) "You don't need to spend money on an outside publicist." (Very...
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Jun.20.2013
This year Chris Martinez, a laid-off construction worker, finished serving three and a half years in prison for wheeling a rusty bicycle with two flat tires and no chain out of someone else's garage in Manhattan Beach, California -- and then leaving it behind. His case never made the news, but I...
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Oct.25.2012
Love occupies a privileged place in the French national identity, on a par with fashion, food, and human rights. For hundreds of years, the French have championed themselves as guides to the art of love through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. What we now call romantic love can be...
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Feb.18.2012
Here's a question for all those folks who say to me, "I want to write, but I can't find the time." What do you expect from me? Sympathy? Hand-holding? A motivational speech? Remember Danny DeVito as Owen in Throw Momma From the Train? "A writer writes," was his mantra. That's what I tell people....
karen-dionne's picture
Feb.01.2012
I miss my Borders. The Borders bookstore on Hall Road in Utica, Mich. was my hangout. I'd drop in whenever I was in the mood to browse for books, and inevitably, I'd leave with great armfuls. There's a Barnes & Noble a few miles away from my still-empty Borders. I've tried shopping there,...
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Oct.04.2011
Elizabeth Rosner's Novels Much research, science and love has been devoted to the enterprise of solving the problem of intergenerational resentment. There are therapy groups for children of Nazis and Holocaust survivors as well as for other historically antagonistic groups. The work is ever...
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Aug.18.2011
By her own admission, Ellen Sussman has always been bad. But how exactly does 'bad' play out when one is a mother, a wife, and of 'a certain age'? Through art, of course. In Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, Ellen shared the story of ripping her clothes off to jump naked into the ocean -- in front...
karen-dionne's picture
Apr.04.2011
Ultimately, it's readers, and not the author's publisher, who determine whether or not the author will be offered another book contract. The reason is simple. If a publisher doesn't make a profit on an author's titles, they can't continue to publish them. What's an author to do?  You can read the...
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Mar.27.2011
I've always been inspired by a certain caliber of woman born in the late 1800's, who then went on to blaze a trail in the early decades of the 20th century, breaking ground for a later generation who claimed "women's liberation" as their mantra. They were among the first generation of...