Kid Lit, My Friend, Kid Lit

How do you read? What? What I mean is – and I mean this indirectly – what do you intend to get out of what you read? That’s a pretty general question, Bob. All right, I’m still not being clear enough. Do you read to get the gist of the story? Do you read to…

Magic as Metaphor

    Some story collections are simply that – stories you’ve saved that may have been published in literary journals and the like, stories that hopefully have some thread connecting them, no matter how tenuous that thread might be. This is the case with Collateral Damage and Stories. AM Ink saw fit to publish this collection…

Revolutionary and Reading Blind

  The better writers across the world realize that they, through their writing, can be agents of change. Portuguese writer Jose Saramago was precisely this. But better not to overtly rail against the established order; better to cast parables, simple but profoundly incisive metaphors, as a way of allowing readers to see the world anew. It’s…

The Infield Fly and An End To Glory Days

Baseball has always seemed something of a metaphor for the broad spectrum of life, but then that’s me. I’m always seeing the game, its foibles and phantasms, as instructive of real life. image via washingtonpost.com That’s why as I watched my former hometown team, the Atlanta Braves, take on the St. Louis Cardinals last night…

The Metaphors of Mikulik

But one thing Joe knows for sure about today’s baseball – fans want action, not strategy. Emotion, not coolness between the foul lines. So he picks his moments, and (think here of the faux professional sports of wrestling and hockey) he launches himself like a grenade onto the field. So for one brief moment, eyes are on baseball – not the ridiculous, furry mascot, or singing Y-M-C-A, or the peanut and beer vendor. It’s all about the haphazardly coreographed drama that is minor league baseball.

Chaos and Order Among Horses

Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon   This is one of those award-winning books (2010 National Book Award winner) that garners attention from the academic ranks and is no doubt the product of the MFA writing mill. For the most part, it works; in fact, it’s an exhilarating read, given its erudite tricks.   The…

Singing Along The High Road

The missus and I are snowed in tonight (cabin fever awaits) and after a reprise of Christmas dinner (with power and lights this time), we flipped on the one-eyed monster to see what fare would be taking up air time.  So we started watching The Sound Of Music, a movie I hadn't seen in …well…a…