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…

Oh, the Difference!

  According to a number of studies, men tend to prefer reading non-fiction and women fiction. Why is that? I’m treading on dangerous turf in genderizing reading habits, but here goes. Despite the advances women have made world-wide in social issues, politics, and the job market, it remains a men’s world – for the time…

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

Take heart, dear writer. You’ve worked for a year, perhaps more, writing that novel, and by the saints, you landed a publisher! Here’s the book lying beautifully in your hand. But what to do now? This dilemma confronts many writers like you, and that includes yours truly. Asheville is a hard place to summon some…

The Steel of Men and Structures (Part 2)

  High Steel – The Daring Men Who Built The Worlds Greatest Skyline, 1881 to the Present, by Jim Rasenberger Previously you read about the sort of person who do this work (virtually all men), their devil-may-care pose as they climb and connect at heights that give me vertigo at the mere mention. Now here’s…

The Steel of Men and Structure

  High Steel – The Daring Men Who Built The Worlds Greatest Skyline, 1881 to the Present, by Jim Rasenberger Quite often when writers take on a particular slant on history, they leave out the critical human element, i.e., how that particular bit of history affects the people involved. Not so with High Steel. Rasenberger…

Creating the Map to Literature’s Future

Things change. And one thing that’s changed for me in the past couple of years is that I’m not reading as voraciously. The thirty-plus books I used to read has dwindled to a short dozen. That could be because of several factors, but all of them come back to my love for literary fiction and…

A Modern Desultory Philippic

There are things that trouble me these days. Just to name a few: Too many things are going on in the world. Far too many. Can’t people live within their means? Can’t they help those less fortunate before things get too salty out there? Can’t we accept someone else’s opinions without hysterics? I have too…