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cliff-burns's picture
Jan.14.2013
About a year or so ago, my approach to writing started changing. I stopped being so obsessed with getting every single syllable exactly right. It occurred to me that while God, the Almighty Creator of the Possible, Impossible and Everything In Between, might be inviolate and perfect, I was not. I...
phil-naessens's picture
Jan.12.2013
  I really enjoy reading fantasy novels and I also enjoy reading books about sports. For this hockey starved fan D.W. Frauenfelder's Skater in a Strange Land was like a dream come true! Skater in a Strange Land , apart from the talking bears, foxes, phase shifts and the like...
ashen-venema's picture
Jan.12.2013
  Literature thrives on flawed characters. With the sinister Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, for example, Emily Bronte tapped into the shadowy aspect of masculinity. C G Jung calls the latent masculine within women the Animus. Both in its light and dark aspects, this archetypal...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.12.2013
In case you haven't exposed yourself to the particular subset of U.S. authors who write so-called postmodern tomes (it's rather unique to the USA, I think), think David Foster Wallace. Jonathan Franzen. Jonathan Safran Foer. Thomas Pynchon. Michael Chabon. Don de Lillo. (A caveat: I'd like to...
tom-lucas's picture
Jan.10.2013
  I had this friend when I was a kidHe lived in a big houseAnd had a lot of toysHis dad drove a red convertibleAnd hand-loomed rugs in the basement I didn’t see his mom there but she wasDidn’t see his parents much One day he started to bully meThis went on for a few yearsHe got meaner and...
phil-naessens's picture
Jan.06.2013
Like any normal healthy happy10 Year Old, Emily Shane was riding her bike home from a dance recital when she was killed by a hit and run driver. What followed next is a masterpiece of a suspense novel that only author Bob Mustin could write!   A Reason To Tremble might possibly be Mustin...
jill-jepson's picture
Jan.05.2013
  I arrived at the border between India and Pakistan on a sweltering May day in 1977. I had spent the past year traveling through Europe and the Middle East, had wintered in Jordan and made my way across Iran by train. After a month hitchhiking through Afghanistan, I was finally arriving in...
dale-estey's picture
Dec.31.2012
What better way to end one year (or begin a New Year) than ... drinking? Of course authors drink. It calms them down after telling all those stories. Or it gets them in the mood to tell all those stories. Or it helps oil the passageway whilst telling all those stories. As you see, it is...
jane-hirshfield's picture
Dec.26.2012
The Folger Shakespeare Library commissioned essays from 13 contemporary women writers for a handsewn chapbook published in honor of its 2012 exhibition Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700. The following essay is the final one in the book.    ...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.25.2012
Harper’s Monthly, January, 2013 My modus operandi when it comes to blogging about magazines is slowly morphing, and this post will evince possibly another evolutionary step. I don’t know whether I’ll return to posting about specific articles and stories, but this issue yearns for a few pithy...