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On The Problem Of Writing Health Cookbooks

It is no mistake that health in the United States is a subject that causes considerable controversy. Among the many aspects of health-related materials that people have are cookbooks. I happen to greatly love reading a cookbook, especially when it … Continue reading

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On The Epitome Of Adam Smith’s Wealth Of Nations

Over the course of more than a day, I have been in a fascinating discussion with some acquaintances about the nature of authorship. One of them brought up a book that he had read and liked that was a summary … Continue reading

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On the Natural Proliferation Of Books

A friend of mine wanted to get in touch with me urgently this evening and I was, as one might imagine, rather curious to know why. As it happens, the friend was doing a presentation on some of the subjects … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victoria Lady, by Kate Summerscale, read by Wanda McCaddon If the author of this book or Isabella Robinson, the author of the diary that forms the center of this book, expects to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Like A Writer

Reading Like A Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books And For Those Who Want to Write Them, by Francine Prose It is perhaps inevitable that someone named Francine Prose would not only love literature enough to write books … Continue reading

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On The Appeal Of The Memoir

One of the realities that is easy enough to face as a reader is that there is a huge supply of memoirs for a reader to read and review. It is not very difficult to account for the large supply … Continue reading

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The Stories That Are Never Told

One of the issues that we have to deal with in history of any kind, or any field which depends on the historical record, is the stories that are never told. That this is a problem ought not to surprise … Continue reading

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Legends In Their Own Minds

There is something unsettling about reading true crime books. Among the most unsettling parts of such books–and I say this as someone who reads the genre relatively frequently–is that the books are seldom as true as they set out to … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Finishing Of A Novel

For the last few years, in 2012 and every year since 2015, I have participated every November in the NaNoWriMo competition. In the course of writing seven books over the course of seven Novembers, I have noticed a few patterns … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Be Alone

How To Be Alone: Essays, by Jonathan Franzen One of the reasons why so much of contemporary fiction is metafictional, not that this is necessarily a bad thing, is that so many writers of fiction are so heavily consumed with … Continue reading

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