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dale-estey's picture
Kafka was not ambivalent about his opinion of Prague. Of the city he said: "The little mother has claws." And in my novel about Kafka, I have given him the line (though I can not shake the feeling that I actually read it somewhere else): "If I could get out of Prague, I wouldn't have to get out of...
bob-mustin's picture
This is actually good news. I'd hate to see the Chinese version of factory-style capitalism go the route of nineteenth-century England and U.S. versions. Of course, the most immediate concern of us selfish western consumers is whether or not the price of Apple's gadgets will rise with the rising...
dale-estey's picture
ESSAY A writing career becomes harder to scaleAuthors used to expect to struggle as they gained experience. But now it is sell -- or else. . (Emiliano Ponzi / For The Times / January 27, 2010)   By Dani Shapiro February 7, 2010 In the late 1980s, when I was a graduate student working on short...
kenneth-rhodes's picture
Winter is beginning to settle in and autumn is packing up and moving on here in the Heart of Carolina.  Local high school and college football seasons have drawn to a close as basketball fever prepares to sweep the region.  Aside from the evergreens, tree limbs are mostly bare, their leaves...
john-parker-oughton's picture
Well, John, as the Brits put it, what's getting up your nose today? Today, without a doubt it's advertising.  Not any one campaign, but the whole industry.  Don't get me wrong -- it makes me very happy that in advertising there are well-paying, expense-account-padded jobs into which many failed...
dorien-grey's picture
I buy a lot of chocolate-covered donuts. I buy them largely because, in the brand I buy, each one has 320 calories, and with as little as I eat, the calories are important. They come in a box of 8 large donuts and cost $3.69 a box. Lately, I’ve had some problem in finding them. Yesterday, there...