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Apr.24.2014
Having written two-thirds of a trilogy concerning onions, I'm very interested in these photos of meals from famous books. It does not harm that I look forward to each of my meals with relish. And, I gotta luv a book that includes a meal for the main character in Kafka's The Metamorphosis....
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Apr.23.2014
What better tribute than to quote the Bard to himself: ~ "To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were when first your eye I eye’d, Such seems your beauty still." ~ Sonnet 104 [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Happy Birthday Shakespeare! Fireworks display kicking off...
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Apr.22.2014
There can be a lot of confusing headlines for this story (all of them literally accurate). And the accuracy can be figurative, too. Now it is, in fact, too successful, and not discerning when literal is supposed to be literal. And that's a bummer. But not literally. [DE] lit·er·al·lyˈlitərəlē,...
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Apr.21.2014
I almost regret not being able to play a musical instrument, but, with all these novels to write - who has time? And maybe it didn't help that I wrote a novel about Kafka, who was tone deaf. However, I do want to write one novel about musical composition, and another about an historic...
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Apr.18.2014
An excerpt from my A Lost Gospel, where details are filled in to the more sparse accounts of The Bible.       In The Garden of Gethsemane The night was as quiet as the men sleeping on the ground.          Quiet save for the lamentations...
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Apr.17.2014
April is Shakespeare's month, in that he was both born and died during the month. 2014 will mark the 450th anniversary of his birth and, in celebration - Hamlet tours the world. No need to ask "To be or not to be" - it will be. [DE]     * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * http://globetoglobe....
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Apr.15.2014
Another year of books being challenged by the righteous and the fearful and those with sexual frustrations. I, of course, find it odd that Toni Morrison is on the list, but picking on Brave New World made me open my eyes a tad wider. "Bad books. Bad!"  **Spank spank spank**   Ahh...
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Apr.14.2014
In an attempt to be prepared for anything ... [DE] (Shutterstock) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Passover Cocktails For Each of the Ten Plagues Kosher for Passover concoctions to pair with pestilence, blood, and boils By Louis Nayman Plague 5: Pestilence Cocktail: Buffalo Fly Shooter A competition...
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Apr.12.2014
Alan Bennett is one of the greatest living authors of the English language. Here is his take on 'genius'. [DE]           Photo: Antony Crolla * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Alan Bennett's 'Habit of Art' comes to Theatre Rhinoceros by Chad Jones  ...
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Apr.11.2014
The powers which apparently decree such things decree that 13 - 19 April is National Library Week in the USA. Oxford University Press throws open its internet doors for a free week of research. If ya get hooked for a longer stay, you eventually pay. Enjoy. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *...
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Apr.10.2014
The British Army attempts to halt the publication of a book which it commissioned by a Captain within its own ranks. The power of the written word - never forget. [DE] Martin's book presents a bleak picture of the conflict in Helmand. Photograph: Sergeant Dan Bardsley/MoD/EPA...
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Apr.08.2014
I have Berlin as a setting for two novels. I plan to write another dealing with Kafka during the time he lived in this city. I also have a film script with Berlin as a location. What can I say - the city intrigues me. So, when I find a posh hotel (too posh for me) in a...
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Apr.07.2014
I don't know if we should put this at the feet of Pope Francis, but, it is happening  during his watch. Among the historic and literary treasures is a version of The Divine Comedy, illustrated by Botticelli, plus a Greek/Latin copy of The Illiad . [DE] 4 of 4. An illustration...
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Apr.03.2014
Maybe I'm naive to the ways of finance. I'm from the era where the joke was: "A million here, a million there, and it starts to add up." I'm humble enough to contemplate a nice book/movie deal getting me one million dollars, leaving the billion for others. And - yes - I also know that a million is...
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Apr.01.2014
There are not too many markets for beginning writers. If you are one, or if you know of one (a safe bet) then guide them to the Amazon "Day One" site. If they like what they see - then submit. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Amazon’s Literary Journal Day One is Seeking Submissions...
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