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,…

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…

The Guts and Success of a Writer

What is it that makes a writer successful? Is it her storytelling ability? His elegance in word use? Her trust in an editor and agent in forging her inspiration into a piece of literature? All of this, of course, because turning out a book of essays, a novel, a collection of poetry, in the modern…

Odds and Ends

  I admit I haven’t been keeping up very well with my favorite writers, one being Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. Some, like Pamuk are well known world-wide but almost ignored in the U.S. His work is, as are many European novels, complicated affairs that upon careful reading will endear. His latest is The Red Haired…

A New Project

I’ve always stumbled in where angels fear to tread, and so I’ve recently taken on my first major client as a publisher. I had, some years ago judged a writing contest, and a certain writer’s work stood out far above the rest. Time passed and she approached me with a project dear to her heart,…