Consultation No. 3 – With John Steinbeck

Here we are up to our ankles in yet another imagined conversation with an American writer whose work has been, and continues to be, acclaimed for the passion of his characters, even when he leaves them subject on occasion to a side-splitting, acerbic humor. Charley, Steinbeck’s dog, ┬áhas been dead some forty years on the…

Show me the $$$$?

  Writers, what’s your main motivation to engage in the tedious, time-wearing task of writing? If you’re doing it for the money, then more power to you, but realize that money’s not the statistically major reward to the writer. If you’re not convinced, click on the below link and read the article there. Even for…

The World As We Know It

Harper's Magazine, April 2012   Why does a magazine that many think leans toward the upper crust establishment take on the manner in which the ultra rich and the corporate world are eroding U.S. style democracy? Surely because those parasitic tendencies will eventually turn cannibalistic, i.e., the rich will, unless checked, come to feed on…

Moneyball – Baseball Behind The Counter

The missus and I began this movie tonight – iPod Touch augmented – sort of a warm-up to tomorrow's Super Bowl. Sadly she fell asleep soon after it started. Why? Mostly because she was really tired, but the scent of behind-the-scenes baseball seemed to be for her caffeine free. So I watched it alone.  …