Thinking About Hemingway

Some people wonder why I keep such an extensive library of books when I could simply go to the library. Of course, we all know that avid readers will sooner or later want to travel a literary path one more time. We listen to a music album many times, and we watch the same movies […]

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On Going the Distance

Not that I, as a writer, have delusions, but what makes for a book – fiction, non-fiction, or poetry – last? What is there about a given book that appeals to subsequent generations, making the book seem eternal? There are a number of appropriate answers – or perhaps I should say, a number of aspects […]

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The Oxford American

It’s time to pay my respects to one of the South’s most innovative and just darned interesting magazines, The Oxford American. If you like salt on your watermelon, sugar in your iced tea, and quirky Southern literature, then OA is for you. Besides the reading, once a year the mag puts out a music issue, […]

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‘Tis the Season…..

Bob the Knife, an old friend from my Naval Academy days, sent me an e-mail yesterday asking advice on writers’ conferences. Bob is not a neophyte writer, but not extensively published, either. I do go to conferences occasionally, and I hope to answer The Knife’s question here again, a bit more extensively than I did […]

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The Novel – Then and Now

Talking about the novel’s history and form may seem stale, but many of you probably don’t realize the novel is a relatively recent phenomenon. Gutenberg’s Bible (i.e. via the printing press) largely ended the oral tradition, storytelling and poetry morphing into stories which entered print wholesale in the early eighteenth century. Another little known aspect […]

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