Uncategorized The World in a Decade – Thanks!

The World in a Decade – Thanks!

When I asked you, my friends and readers, for your take on the world a few years from now, I expected comments responding to the post. I waited and waited and waited … nothing. Then I realized the comment section wasn’t working and your comments were in a special folder in my e-mail.  So I …

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Writing The Novel and Budweiser

The Novel and Budweiser

Word has it that Amazon has taken yet another step in the value chain that is writing. They have the distribution part down pat, and the production part? Well, they have that, too. So where does a restless creative force go next? Pretty obvious: The making of the product, which is to say, the writing. …

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Mechanics The Difficulty of Simplicity

The Difficulty of Simplicity

I keep running into the oh-so-true bits that slap me upside the head: A comment from Benjamin Moser (New York Times Book Review):  “Today, I realize that clear expression can come only from clear thinking. And I know how hard it is to write something that is easy to read.” A comment from Tim Mahoney …

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Literature The Value of Literature in 30 words or Less

The Value of Literature in 30 words or Less

It was a simple statement on a subject too often drowned in words: Study of the Liberal Arts “is for developing the muscle of thoughtfulness, the use of which will be the greatest pleasure in life and will also show what it means to be fully human.” It came from Anne Hall, a lecturer at …

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Mechanics What is writing like?

What is writing like?

Roger Cohen wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times about Israel a couple of weeks ago.  He began by quoting a novelist.  The quote is perhaps the best commentary I’ve seen on the process of writing.  He said: “(Writing) is like reconstructing the whole of Paris from Lego bricks. It’s about three-quarters-of-a-million small …

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Uncategorized Doldrums, and a question

Doldrums, and a question

Can it have been a month since the last post? Oh, yes.  The holidays, perhaps the handiest excuse for inactivity. My question to myself has been sitting there, sitting there, day after day:  Self publish or traditional? In favor of traditional publishing:  It’s traditional.  People have been making a living at it for pushing 600 …

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Uncategorized Valuing Writing and Music

Valuing Writing and Music

Claire Cain Miller writes an interesting article in the New York Times titled, As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up. Yes, I know, we have been through what, three or four “computers are going to kill jobs” moments in the last half-century.  Economists think those prior scares didn’t kill jobs.  Miller’s article …

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Uncategorized No Jealousy

No Jealousy

Surely, if there are two professions in which there should be no professional jealousy, they are prostitution and literature. WIlliam Faulkner said this.  Not sure why.  Are both providing similar stimulation, although typically in different locations? Every time I read a phrase I would really have liked to write, there is that little twinge.  But …

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