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Jan.14.2012
I read something the other day that destroyed my comforting delusion that if I died suddenly my unproduced or unpublished manuscripts would eventually be discovered and produced or published and my genius hailed. Novelist and teacher Les Gorn (``The Anglo Saxons’’), writing for the Cedar Street...
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Sep.16.2011
No, I'm not writing about John Steinbeck today. (Although, just for the record, I've read 5 of his novels and really the only one I liked was East of Eden. However, I seriously liked that one. I thought it was phenomenal & couldn't put it down.) What I am writing about today is how often the...
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Jul.02.2011
Were Steinbeck and Hemingway both paranoid? Was Iris Chang? Today is the the 50th anniversary of Hemingway's suicide with a shotgun in Ketchum, Idaho. Writer-biographer A.E. Hotchner wrote about it yesterday for the New York Times. The link to it is attached below. It is fascinating reading....
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Jun.25.2011
Talked over the phone to a friend from high school the other day, George Edens. George and I both wrestled at Kirkwood High in Missouri, outside St. Louis. George was pretty good, though no match for me. Wrestlng's been on my mind lately. The other day I talked to the very fine poet, or poetess if...
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Mar.19.2011
If you live on California's Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur to the south (``Big South'') is like an exotic cousin or friend who is  slightly different than you and me. That's probably why it has a literary record of attracting the offbeat and different, say Jack Kerouac (``Big Sur'') and Henry Miller...
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Mar.05.2011
I came across Kevin Coyne quite by accident. A video. The song ``Talking to No One.'' It immediately spoke to me. The lyrics, ``Talking to no one is strange. Talking to someone is stranger.'' Then there was ``House on the Hill.'' A friend, Ron Horner, heard it before me. He warned, ``It is pretty...
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Feb.28.2011
  This morning's Monterey, California, Herald included front page stories involving Hemingway and Steinbeck. What are the odds of that, two major deceased American writers on the front page of a daily on the same day? The Steinbeck story, by Kevin Howe, is about the late Dick Hayman, a passionate...
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Feb.08.2011
Glad to see Keith Olbermann is going with Current TV, sometime later this year. It needs something to bump up its profile. It's a noble project, providing programming gratis where it is needed, as I understand it, often to poor countries. But it needs more viewers. I'm on its internet site, in a...
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Nov.10.2010
Tomorrow I take Steinbeck's sage advice and "Head West, young man!" (okay, in this case, woman). Yes sir, I am leaving Oklahoma for the land of milk and honey...and librarians. I'll be speaking Saturday at the California School Librarians Conference with four other amazing writers -...
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Nov.04.2010
The election is over but I'm going to keep the sign in my front yard for a few days anyway. I want people who voted ``no'' on literacy to think about it again when they drive by. ``P.G. Library . . . Vote Yes! Measure Q'' is how the sign reads. Q was a proposed parcel tax which would have supported...