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Oct.30.2013
I enjoy graveyards, and peruse them with vigour. It's true I don't plan to spend the rest of my life in them, but, after that ... So, I have many tales of cemeteries to tell. Hardly any are scary because, contrary to popular depiction, graveyards are not haunted. Unless one happens to die in one (...
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Oct.29.2013
I have a fear that my last words are going to be totally banal. I can see myself preparing supper and saying "There isn't much salt left", or some such thing. Perhaps that could be twisted into something pithy and insightful by the right biographer.  I had an uncle who had just returned from a...
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Oct.27.2013
And not the literary capitol just because I once lived there, but a literary outpost for centuries.  This is a great description of Fredericton, New Brunswick, along with some smashing photos. The current godmother of literature, Nancy Bauer, used to have her writing studio inside the...
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Oct.25.2013
Remember, remember, the 5th of November: Kafka, Comic and Plot.  At any rate, this is the release date of the comic based on Kafka's "The Castle" (arguably my favourite of Kafka's 'novels'). This isn't the first time for Kafka to end up in drawn pictures. I like the artwork which I have seen....
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Oct.24.2013
Mensa has created this book list. Now, I just assume I'm in the top two percent of intelligence in the known world. Mind you, I have had no intelligence testing since university, and even then I never went after the results. However - just perhaps - I am not as smart as I think I am. I've only read...
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Oct.22.2013
No cookie cutter, dumbed down, mass marketed, by-the-numbers novels here. The new Man Booker prize winner has written a real book, tipping the scales at 832 pages of a historical tale. Yes, they are still writing - and publishing - books of thought and substance. The prize itself will...
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Oct.20.2013
I like (and use) the quote: "An editor is someone who comes down the hill after the battle is over and shoots the wounded." At the moment I can not find a stable attribution, but I was certain that it was a famous editor. However - that said - we need editors before the current Apocalypse...
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Oct.19.2013
Here is a list of novels which predicted aspects of the future with a fair degree of accuracy. I won't quibble with the selection, though perhaps a couple are a tad narrow. However, one author who significantly predicted (and depicted) the future is missing.   That author is Franz Kafka. With...
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Oct.18.2013
And I realize the word is spelled differently, but ...  Mind you, I am not yet ready for such retirement from the writing scene, but it is something to keep in mind. [DE] Novellist: Retired to stud * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Novellist retired to stud in Japan Record-breaking King...
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Oct.17.2013
A British author has been asked to do his job - writing - for nothing, by a university professor desiring a book introduction. It appears the professor did not ask the printer to print the book for free. Nor did the professor ask the publisher to eschew the thought of monetary recompense for the...
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Oct.16.2013
This is an interesting and insightful commentary upon Kafka's The Trial . It comes with what I interpret as a "Russian" overview. Which is fair enough, as Kafka was prescient about the type of totalitarian regime which still holds sway in that vast country. [DE...
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Oct.14.2013
I've been fortunate to like and appreciate my book covers. I even got to meddle when a depiction of a naked woman was destined for a paperback version of A Lost Tale.   http://redroom.com/member/dale-estey/books/a-lost-tale-0 I managed to have it removed because it was not - really...
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Oct.11.2013
I take a day away from the computer, and see what happens! Well deserved, Alice, you have indeed created a Wonderland. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature Canadian author Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Making the...
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Oct.09.2013
Alice Munro, preeminent Canadian (and world) author is up for the Nobel Prize in Literature.  If it isn't going to be me, well, it should happen to such an excellent, insightful and exciting author. Go, Alice!     [DE]     Something I've been meaning to tell you …...
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Oct.08.2013
It's said that the beginning paragraph of a book has to be extra memorable and evocative, because you want to draw the reader into the tale. It is also as important to make the last words some sort of super summation. Here is an assortment of the last words to great books. [DE]   JOSEF K (THE...
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