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Mar.04.2014
I'm starting to look on P&W with more than a touch of whimsy these days. Maybe that's because I've grown as a writer, or maybe I've grown more ornery as I've aged. Still, much of what the mag has to offer  makes me smile crookedly where it used to inform. Of course, P&W is still a...
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Mar.03.2014
Harper’s Magazine, February 2014   I'm a little late with this issue of Harper's Magazine, but here goes another magazine review week: Okay, readers, what trumps economics in your personal life, in your family’s? Well, I’m not here to play guessing games, so let me tell you my answer: the...
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Feb.28.2014
  Dead Light District/Jill Edmondson   When I first began to write long fiction, I cast my lot with the murder/mystery genre. Later, writing what I stubbornly take to be literary fiction, mysteries, murders, and suspense forever kept turning up in my writing like dead bodies. If you have...
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Feb.26.2014
If you're an avid reader, you probably wonder sometimes why movies made from the best novels disappoint. Well, here's Kevin Clouther's rationale, and I think it's a good one: "Good fiction grants you sustained, nuanced entry into a character’s mind that is difficult to achieve on the screen. This...
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Feb.23.2014
  After reading this, I have to wonder what the future narrative of literature might entail. Two possibilities occur: In dwelling more on story than the language of story, will we be seeing a more right-brain approach to literature; i.e., a more sensory, less intellectual experience for "...
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Feb.21.2014
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt   Imagine a book written in the twenty-first century with pen and pencil in notebooks, work on the novel taking place over ten years. What would such a book be like? How long would it be? What impact would it have on readers? Judging by sales charts in the New...
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Feb.18.2014
Technical education, i.e., computer science, can be handled in a way that buttresses education or in ways that waste educational time. If you're a parent - or an oldie trying to keep up education-wise, you may find the article linked below of interest.     The Atlantic   Visit my...
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Feb.15.2014
Empire on the Platte, by Richard Crabb     If this post’s title confuses or leads astray, I’m sorry. Nebraskan Burt Sell, a home-grown historian, provided much of author Crabb’s fodder for this book, by the author’s admission information important to the tale. And a great tale it is....
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Feb.15.2014
I sat down to work on my latest novel, then I read this, posted it, and then... The Atlantic     Visit my website here, and my FB Fan Page here for more on ideas and events that matter to me - and possibly to you.
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Feb.08.2014
Coffee With Hemingway, by Kirk Curnutt     Ever dream about a little face time with one of your favorite celebrities? Streisand, perhaps? Sinatra? Elvis? Bono? Would such a meet-up edify, or would it disappoint? I’ve never thought that I’d enjoy such an encounter with my favorite writer,...
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Feb.06.2014
Something tells me that I'm really getting serious about making it as a writer. I mutter imprecations at about this time each morning - I'm not getting any writing done. So what am I doing? Marketing. Making connections. Lining up book cover blurbs for my soon-to-be-released e-book, "We Are Strong...
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Jan.31.2014
The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson   As is my case with most books, I warmed up to this one slowly. My warming, however, became only tepid with The Orphan Master’s Son. I like stories, you see, and defined characters within such stories. That makes me an odd fit for postmodern...
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Jan.28.2014
Time and technology march on, leaving us with drawers full of antiquated gadgets. Still, this is important news for readers and book marketers. The world is all about mobility now, mobile devices that can do more and more. Soon you'll be able to read books, watch streaming TV and movies, in...
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Jan.26.2014
Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Issue  This is the fiftieth issue put out by CNF editor Lee Gutkind, and the essays and interview here speak more about the magazine and its struggles, about publishing and writing than about any external thing. It’s as if (and retrospection can be...
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Jan.25.2014
The Atlantic, January/February, 2014   Perhaps Editor-in-Chief James Bennet has developed the complex touch of a successful pro sports team coach. Or maybe the world is handing him better and better stories. Whatever the reason, this issue of The Atlantic is one of the best balanced, most...
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