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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...
cliff-burns's picture
Dec.22.2012
Twas the Night The rain finally falls on Christmas Eve and everyone stands at the window, holding strong drinks and smiling, not saying much, just watching. The streets get slick and shiny.  Puddles form. Drinks are refreshed, cheeks flushed. The winking tree is reflected, refracted in the wet...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.18.2012
It's nearing year's end, and at that time of year we tend to summarize - or at least to allow someone to do it for us. As a book-o-phile, I was really struck by this list. It's arguable, of course, so do you have a preference for the No. 1 book from this list? List of Books
cliff-burns's picture
Dec.18.2012
Yes, indeed, my Muse has been a regular Kris Kringle this year, gifting me with a new "Zinnea And Nightstalk" story, just in time for Christmas. I get letters and communications from folks quite regularly, asking me when I'm going to write another adventure involving my daring duo of supernatural...
dale-estey's picture
Dec.11.2012
Here are some interesting observations from accomplished authors about the best way to approach books. Or what you should expect to get from the experience. Or how you should approach the process. I don't fully agree with all (no - not even my beloved Kafka). I want (and receive) different things...
cliff-burns's picture
Dec.11.2012
I get a little bit sentimental this time of the year. Normally, I have the reputation for being a cynical, vicious brute with an over-developed sense of the ridiculous and surreal. But when Christmas comes around, some of my rougher edges are buffed off and casting an eye back over the year, I find...
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Dec.11.2012
Disclaimer:I have been a barista and I am currently an author.  Also I love both coffee and books. When the cold bite of winter and the hustle and bustle of the holidays make you weary, what is the perfect pick-me up?  Coffee.  And not just any coffee but flavored, spiced, milk added...
jayne-guertin's picture
Dec.05.2012
She is on the commuter rail reading the restored edition of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast.  Her eyes are misting over like the city she's about to walk through. She can't let go the last line of the Forward, what Hemingway's son, Patrick, reveals to be his father's last professional...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.04.2012
How English is English?  Will we ever know why an editor deleted words of foreign origin from the Oxford English Dictionary? Was he a racist? Or a purist? In the socio-historical context, both these words have been used interchangeably a few times. Nazism and apartheid do believe they...
bob-mustin's picture
Nov.30.2012
Benjamin Schwartz, The Atlantic's literary editor, weighs in with his picks for the best books of 2012. Such lists are always arguable, and I have others I'd put in such a list. How about you? Visit Bob's web site here, and his FB Fan Page here.