Things on the Net can be dangers. Touchy. But they can be helpful as well. I recently found out about Inkitt, a website that promises to be of help to writers, worldwide. This isn’t an endorsement, but it’s worth checking out if you are looking for a writing community online. Here’s the address: Inkitt […]

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Tenderly in the Night

Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf Writers are taught economy: of sentence structure, of style. But only the better writers can tell a story such as this one with supreme economy. While I do have problems with this novella, it subtly grew on this reader, because Haruf knows how to charm—not by what he […]

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Horrors Between Heaven and Earth

A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson Many novels have been written around the travails of war (and this year, for some reason, I’ve read quite a few of them), the way war changes persons, but rarely changes their families. Atkinson attempts to depict this unchangeability in A God in Ruins, and while she focuses […]

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Telling the Truth in America

Jim Tully – American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler, by Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak (Foreword by Ken Burns) It’s often said, by apologists for the American status quo, that anyone can rise from anywhere to a life fulfilled. The thing is, though, that the scrapping, failure after failure, to discover who you are […]

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I Pity the Poor Children

Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson Literature, novels, and possibly poetry more than any other discipline, seem to tap into the collective consciousness more deeply than any other social chronicling. And one of the subjects that come up over and over in the novels I’m drawn to is the plight of children in an […]

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