Guess The Line’s Source

Today begins a new series. For the next few days, I'll give a beginning line – or a more widely known interior line – from a famous novel. Your job, should you accept it, will be to name the novel, and its author. A caveat: no fair Googling the line, which will surely turn up…

Summer Reading List – Summer Books – Oprah.com

It's hot and humid outside. I'm inside, reading my usual summer tome (more on that in a few weeks). Oprah has her own ideas about what to read this summer. Below is her latest.     Kings of the Earth By Jon Clinch416 pages; Random House For his acclaimed debut, Finn, Jon Clinch borrowed from…

Useful Sites for Beginners to Creative Writing

This site may be useful to any one thinking about starting a writing group. Creative writers who are interested in selling books may need the service of an agent. If you find yourself in this spot, you'll definitely want to check out Agent Research. This site provides a free service that allows you to research…

  I’ve previously posted on one long piece in this book: Hadji Murat.  The remainder of this book is a collection of short stories selected by the book’s translators, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, no doubt to show off the diversity in Tolstoy’s story structure and subject matter. But in doing this, they’ve perhaps inadvertently selected…

4 Easy Answers to iPhone 4 Problems – PCWorld

Might as well laugh as cry about Apple's glitches. So let's.     So what if some iPhones lose reception when the hand covers the antenna? That's your problem, not Apple's. "Non issue," Apple chief executive Steve Jobs told a MacRumors forumgoer via e-mail. "Just avoid holding it in that way." via http://www.pcworld.com

History and The Suppositions of Fiction

Green Zone – The Movie     The missus and I decided to eschew ( remember that word, vocabu-philes? Nothing like dragging out a creaky word once in a while to challenge the ten-second blog readers) the theaters and saw this movie on our significantly smaller – albeit HD – screen at home.   I’m…