Concern, Respect, Love

  Media, whether TV, radio, Magazines, or newspapers, still let us know what’s going on in the U.S. and the world. Today I thought, since it’s Memorial Day, to skim the TV stations, sort of take the pulse of the nation. On the news stations, there were ceremonies attended by the current U.S. POTUS and…

Thrashing a Literary Hornet’s Nest

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins     The really good thing about the postmodern movement in literature is that it’s brought a crazy quilt of world cultures before readers in every country. We have a better understanding of the internal pressures, political and social, within Turkey because of Orhan Pamuk’s writing. We’ve gained a real…

The Corrupting Influence of War

  Saigon Summer – Corruption and Murder During and After the Test Offensive, 1968 by Robert M. Pacholik War novels can be great literary panoramas, or they can be cathartic exercises for the writer. Some, like Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, and James Dickey’s To the White Sea are a mixture of literary exposition…

The Power of Character

  The Hidden Sphinx – A Tale of World War II Egypt, by Zita Steele A new writer who embarks on a novel will usually learn the art of narrative first, and, given that she has a grand story to tell, will let the story emerge through her voice. The thing that sometimes gets lost…

Omnibus World

  If there’s anything as important as living through the COVID-19 pandemic, its what kind of world will need to be built on the other side of it. There’s a new blog, Omnibus World, here that you can use to share your vision of what you’d like that world to be. Please take time to…

The End of A Cinematic Era

    Why, in the time of Coronavirus, am I watching war movies? I don’t know; it concerns me. But this one doesn’t concern me much – – The Rise of Skywalker. This series, which spans something like 30 years, the ninth of the series, has captured the public imagination to an unfathomable degree. Some…

1917 — The Reality of War

  Although current movies on Pay-Per-View are six times the cost of the 1980s Saturday afternoon dollar movies, I’ve decided, since COVID-19 hasn’t caught up to me yet, I’d spend some of my mad money on a few of them. A friend had recommended (strongly) that I see 1917, Sam Mendes’ World War I movie….