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The Bleakest House Of All

In reading a genre-confused book by a wannabe author called Bleaker House, in homage to the bleakness of her nearly uninhabited island (named Bleaker) in the Falklands and to a late-period Charles Dickens novel called Bleak House, I was struck … Continue reading

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Book Review: Murder Your Darlings

Murder Your Darlings:  And Other Gentle Writing Advice From Aristotle To Zinsser, by Roy Peter Clark This book could have been a really good one.  In many ways, the approach of this book is a sound one, providing plenty of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Monster, She Wrote

Monster, She Wrote:  The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction, by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson There is a useful touchstone when it comes to reviewing books like this one that deal with obvious gender issues.  If a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elements Of Fiction

Elements Of Fiction, by Walter Mosley What is it that makes people want to write about writing?  Part of the reason why, at least to me, is because writing is one of those crafts that has a high degree of … Continue reading

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In Laudem Criticis

It can be tough to be a critic.  Publishers and authors alike appreciate positive reviews but do not often deserve them, and writing adverse reviews can lead to a great deal of hostility, including attempts by writers to enlist bullying … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catch And Kill

Catch And Kill:  Lies, Spies, And The Conspiracy To Protect Predators, Ronan Farrow It seems like those who write about the Harvey Weinstein case and all of its horrors are unable to limit their attention to that case but feel … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph Waldo Emerson In reading this book it is easy to see why Emerson was celebrated in his own day but why he has a less than stellar reputation as a philosopher in … Continue reading

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Uma Carta Com Dezenove Palavras

It is hard to imagine who would write a letter with only nineteen words.  For those of you who have never written an actual letter, there are a lot of logistics that go into this particular habit.  For one, you … Continue reading

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On Editors

I have a confession to make:  I really dislike dealing with editors.  I am not sure if writers in general have a toxic relationship with editors but I tend to find my relations with editors to be greatly irritating and … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Worldbuilding

Recently news was released that Christopher Tolkien had died at nearly 100 years of age, and a great deal of honor was deservedly heaped upon someone whose life’s work had been to provide honor to his father’s world of Middle … Continue reading

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