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Book Review: Big Magic

Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert Just about every writer on creativity has some major agendas when it comes to their work, and this writer has several agendas, some of which are not offensive at all, which … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Lesson In Creativity From New Jersey 11th Graders

During the spring of 2011, shortly before moving to Thailand, I had a job as a scorer for the written exams of New Jersey 11th graders that year, who all had to answer in essay form a question involving peanut … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton

The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton While I cannot imagine this book ever becoming a popular sort of volume to read, nor do I fully agree with the author’s sometimes off-putting “woke” perspective on politics and his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Story Of Writing

The Story Of Writing:  Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms, by Andrew Robinson Having read some of the author’s work before, I did not find this book or its approach particularly surprising.  It is striking to me, and more than a little … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War Of Art

The War Of Art:  Break Through The Blocks And Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield This book is one of those volumes where the author gets to relish in being a jerk and views himself as superior to … Continue reading

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Walking A Thin Line

I have read a fair amount of travel books, many of which purport to be books of humor, and I have found it to be one of those areas where the writer tends to walk a thin line between insulting … Continue reading

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Book Review: The View From The Cheap Seats

The View From The Cheap Seats:  Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman For the record, this is the first book I have read by the author.  Even though I am at least somewhat of a fan of speculative fiction, I have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ex Libris

Ex Libris:  Confessions Of A Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman It is hard to really think of the author of this book as a common reader.  Indeed, the more one reads about this book, when one does not laugh at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Draft No. 4

Draft No. 4:  On The Writing Process, by John McPhee I must admit that my earliest reading of the author gave me a somewhat slanted perspective of who he was as a writer.  It so happened that my local library … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Professor And The Madman

The Professor And The Madman:  A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester I’m not sure how I feel about this book in its larger context.  On its own, this book is … Continue reading

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