The social value of memoirs is in allowing us a view of someone else’s life experience. Obviously, life is short – we can’t experience everything we might want to during our short span of years. But we can add vicariously to our experience through the ways in which external happenings bring others’ lives to […]Read More Brotherhood of Warriors, by Aaron Cohen and Douglas Century
A recent issue of New Yorker magazine carried a story, ostensibly about the expected future shoot-out between Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad for control of the burgeoning ebook industry. In this rather long and detailed article,the author poses some rather surprising – even shocking – views of the crumbling publishing industry: The publishing industry as […]Read More Of Books, Kindles, iPads, and Bullets in the Foot.
Summertime, by J.M. Coetzee Before writing this post, I did something I rarely do: I read other reviews of the book. What seems faintly amusing is an apparent mindset by reviewers regarding the relationship of authors to their fictional works. England’s Guardian newspaper wonders if Summertime – a fiction in which Coetzee is the […]Read More The Story’s The Thing
Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon – Part 2 If one with Pynchon’s apocalyptic view of western society and his desire to write about it were to devise a novel on the subject, what form would suit his story best? In broadbrush form, it should probably consist of episodic segments using arcane terms, […]Read More Envisioning An Apocalyptic Novel
As a writer, I'm always happy to hear that a writer friend has been newly published. My pal, Lyn Hawks, has recently had just such success: Here's her message about it: I'm happy to announce that I have a new book published with NCTE: Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach. If you know any […]Read More Educator/ Writer Lyn Hawks Publishes!
Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon – Part 1 Reading has always been meant to be entertaining, and sometimes informative, but I often pick up a book that I hope offers other rewards to this reader. Not that I want to be inundated with printed blather, you understand; it's just that the writer […]Read More Of Sex, Death, And Rockets
The Museum of Innocence, by Orhan Pamuk It takes a certain emotional discipline to read European Literature. No, change that – it takes a certain unique discipline to read any literature other than that of these United States. We here in the colonies go for hidden tawdriness, spelled out from page one […]Read More A Case Of Time And Waiting