Consultation No. 4 – With Papa Hemingway

    With some trepidation I knocked at Ernest Hemingway’s door and waited. And waited. Had I waited much longer I would have left, knowing his short fuse with reporters and lesser writers. With research we had found that the rap on Papa was that he was incredibly knowledgeable on a wide number of subjects,…

Let Us Inspire You

Poets & Writers, January/February, 2014 To my mind P&W struggles to be worthwhile to the writer who has been around the block a few times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of spending a rainy afternoon reading. I love charts – especially when they indicate something substantial, and the mag’s “Anatomy of Awards” article…

Passionate Mirrors

Often, at parties or other gatherings, someone will walk up, introduce him/herself and, as an icebreaker, will say, "I understand you're a writer." My response, as I try to charm through self-deprecation: "Well, there seems to be a debate raging on that subject." I'm trifling with hyperbole, of course; there's no raging debate. In fact,…