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…

Let the Mothers and Fathers Speak

I’m afraid I’ve become jaded. Rarely do the newest of fiction and nonfiction books, and even poetry, speak to me as they once have. Lately I’ve had to force myself to read them, something you might glean from the rare reviews I’ve been posting. What’s wrong? Is it me? Have I simply read too many…

The New Publishing

Poets & Writers magazine is one of two "go-to" mags I depend on to keep me up on writing and publishing. The latest issue, Nov/Dec 2010, is a wealth of information for writers intent on navigating the troubled publishing industry.  There are items here on innovative-to-the-nth-degree publishing ventures. I'm finding these articles and items intriguing…

I’ve Just Seen a Face

Yesterday's face was that of Joan Didion. Didion's innovative style of memoir writing has surely influenced the writing of every would-be memoirist since the 'sixties brought her to the literary foreground. Her confessional postures, connected via a journalistic style to a sense of place and history, have added vividness to the genre and elevated such…