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earl-merkel's picture
Mar.04.2014
 Facing a severe, decades-long case of "literary-writer's block," Ms. Harper Lee subsequently turned to crime fiction...  *** (Cartoon, at right) — Earl Merkel * * * Visit us at www.earlmerkel.com Watch the "video book trailer" for my thriller, FINAL EPIDEMIC, offered for your minute-and...
manny-pacheco's picture
Oct.15.2013
Local literary works can be a surprising source of home state pride, no matter where you’re from. Here’s a compiled list of the generally-regarded most famous book set in each state (or commonwealth). Many of these works have translated into cinema. How many have you read?     * * * *...
mara-buck's picture
Jul.15.2013
  If only Harper Lee could have protected Trayvon Martin with a ham costume. But all he had was a gray hoodie and candy to combat the boogeyman on a darkened street. Literature at such times is weak indeed, yet we stumble forward. In solidarity… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4bpaoz1gCw...
earl-merkel's picture
Mar.24.2013
Harper Lee meets Lee Child... Lee is the tall one. Which Lee, you'll have to figure out yourself. NOTE:  To call "dibs" on "To Mock A Killing Bird" for your own next-book title, squint at the credits at bottom-left and contact the cartoonist. — Earl Merkel Visit us at: www.earlmerkel.com "...
monty-heying's picture
Jan.10.2013
Why do some stories endure from generation to generation?  It may be useful to compare The Catcher in the Rye and four other books that have sold well over time: Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Outsiders. ...
sarah-byrd's picture
Dec.10.2012
In high school I lived in fear of having to read, To Kill a Mockingbird. I really don’t know how I got around it, but I would guess cliff notes saved me. I wasn’t into literary fiction in my teenage years. The books I read were more historical fiction and love stories.   After all these years...
sherry-parnell's picture
Aug.29.2012
Children wearing new clothes and carrying bright backpacks stand huddled waiting for the yellow buses that now dot the roads.  A collective sigh can be heard from all the mothers who now have a few hours of quiet.  Yes, school is back.  Sharpened pencils, crammed notebooks and...
monty-heying's picture
Aug.18.2012
A compassionate, intelligent, perceptive white woman who had never before written a novel captured a white glimpse into a small but representative segment of black culture in a way that lit fires in the minds of millions of readers and boosted a movement already in motion.  If a black writer...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.15.2012
When the heart is heavy, and the mind is full, I head to the kitchen.~me Food has always spoken the language of love and family.  Throughout the ages,  it is what we share across all cultures- the ritual of cooking and eating together. In good times we celebrate with food. In bad...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.08.2012
I got a rare treat today. I was able to watch the movie classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird" on the big screen at our local movie palace. Every Sunday from mid-June through August, The Florida Theatre shows a series of classic movies. Over the past few years I've seen, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Wait Until...