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Feb.20.2011
A version of this can be read at my web page, A Curious Man.   All fans of movie villains know—or should know—the name and the face: Lee Van Cleef, veteran character actor in over 90 movies and 100 TV appearances. One of the movies’ most enduring and endearing bad guys, he’s mostly remembered...
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Feb.19.2011
A version of this essay, with another nice photo you won't get here, is readable at my webpage A Curious Man.   I stood with notable and distinguished bookseller Bill Maxwell (not long after his silver-throated wife, Wendi, purchased my bongo drums), looking at the rambling ramparts of book-...
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Feb.14.2011
Another version of this piece--with nice photos--can be read at my official web page, A Curious Man.   We’d been staring into the snow-colored plaster walls in the dark house in Emeryville for five days last December, sunk by the dousing of a lovely light, when I turned to Elizabeth and said...
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Feb.09.2011
Another version of this piece--with attractive, eerie photo, can be see at my web page A Curious Man.   In Hollywood and Big Publishing, it often happens like this: The announcement goes out that the release of Young and Hirsute: The Profound and Epic Life of Justin Bieber (or whatever that...
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Feb.09.2011
Another version of this piece--with attractive, eerie photo, can be see at my web page A Curious Man.   In Hollywood and Big Publishing, it often happens like this: The announcement goes out that the release of Young and Hirsute: The Profound and Epic Life of Justin Bieber (or whatever that...
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Feb.04.2011
Another version of this piece can be read at my official web page, A Curious Man. There's even a picture!   Sure, it’s late for reviewing the books that blazed or drifted under my eyes in 2010 (the Precambrian Era in Internet time), especially now that everyone else is handicapping the best...
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Jan.19.2011
Thank you for coming by. I'm very busy moving to new digs in Oakland, so I will not be posting again until early February. You can come visit me at Twitter and Facebook.    
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Jan.06.2011
[A version of this with a nice photo can be seen at my web page A Curious Man.]   (Continued from previous posting) Maybe you’ve heard of Sturgeon’s Law. If not, it goes like this--ninety percent of all books are crap. Theodore Sturgeon, its originator, was  specifically referring to...
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Jan.04.2011
( A version of this essay, with exciting action photo, can be read at my web page, A Curious Man.)  Lately, I’ve been writing about the challenges awaiting writers in the new world of independent publishing. An enormous number of avenues have opened up for writers otherwise frustrated with...
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Dec.24.2010
(You will enjoy the following with its photos much much more, if you go to my webpage at A Curious Man.   This morning, I dreamt I was home on Red Mill Road again, walking the woods behind my home. It seems an especially barren Christmas for many this year, for many reasons. Sometimes...
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Dec.20.2010
A version of this, with photo, is available at my web page, A Curious Man.   (In my last two posts, I’ve written about some of the challenges I’ve faced wearing two hats as both an independent publisher and author of the contemporary Dracula novel Dragon’s Ark. I closed with a worried...
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Dec.20.2010
(In my last two posts, I’ve written about some of the challenges I’ve faced wearing two hats as both an independent publisher and author of the contemporary Dracula novel Dragon’s Ark. I closed with a worried tremble in my voice, concerned with the fate of the publisher/author who’s unable to...
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Dec.17.2010
A version of this piece--with a nice photo--can be read at my webpage, A Curious Man   (Second in a series) Like I wrote here a few days ago, I’m busy. My proofread of Dragon’s Ark speeds along now, without crashes. After I print out the Adobe file for hardcopy proofreading, I close the...
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Dec.14.2010
(A version of this with photos can be found over at my Blogger page.)   I’m busy these days. Busy getting my novel Dragon’s Ark ready for its publication date of March 15, 2011. I’m proofing the final manuscript version in my Adobe program, which, I am only now learning, crashes a lot—...
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Dec.10.2010
 A version of this essay, with photos, can be found at my official web page, A Curious Man.   “Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” My wife’s smoke-sweet voice sings through the door ahead of her one cold mid-November night: “...
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