The Depths of THE BLUE BICYCLE

  It was my privilege last night to have a recorded chat with a representative of the Short Story Book Club, an Internet phenomenon, apparently based near Baltimore, Maryland. It went well, and I enjoyed it immensely. The focus was one of my books, The Blue Bicycle. Questions and comments about one of my works,…

A New World of Writing

There was a time when fiction writing seemed pretty singular and glamourous. From my pre-pube years through college I was taken with the great American fiction writers of that era: Steinbeck, Hemingway, O’Hara, Flannery O’Connor, Paley, Roth, Dos Passos, and others. They made their bones, a lot of them, as journalists, paid their bills writing…

Beauty Doesn’t Dichotomize

Having lain at least a little ground work in the previous two posts, here’s the pertinent questions – – with my answers to them: Can literature be only an adjunct, a pale imitation, of the literary value of scripture? No. They’re two different things, and the differences have to do with the intention of their…

The Difficulties in Social and Religious Change

Okay, more on the subject begun with the last post. And a disclaimer from the outset: this series of posts isn’t to declaim against religion. Not at all. Religion gives its practitioners a lot of emotional comfort and a set of rules to live by when, perhaps, they wouldn’t locate such guidance without religion. So…

The Great Divergence

This is the time of the winter season for looking back, hoping to put things into perspective. So I’ll be ending the year with posts providing a more or less philosophical look at literature and its bases as social phenomena. With that in mind, I’ll lay a little groundwork: In previous millennia, all aspects of…

A Marriage Too Far

Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain As a writer, Ernest Hemingway was larger than life, and as a personality the extent of his reach was perhaps even greater. Still, he was a flawed person, and maybe that was why he made stories of himself, as he did of war, Spain, Cuba, fishing, hunting, sub chasing…

When To Stop?

I’ve edited scads of manuscripts and had quite a few of mine edited. On the other side of the ledger, I belonged to a writing group for a couple of years who didn’t believe manuscripts should be edited by anyone other than the writer. Doing so would bastardize the story. And editing can be hard…