The Rear View Mirror

Any blogger worth their salt knows to evaluate what (s)he writes about and knows to give potential readers something that interests them. The trick, of course, is to, well, trick them into digging deeper that they’ve gone before, making them think in new ways about their interests. I call that looking in the rear view…

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…

To Read Or Listen, That’s The Question

  This week, when a technician stopped by to install a security gizmo for me, he quickly made note of my book collection and bemoaned the fact that as a newlywed he hardly had time to read any more. But, he added, I listen to audiobooks now when I’m on the road. So I offered…

The Yin and Yang of Writing, Publication, and Readership

If you’re a writer out there, or a practitioner of any art form, for that matter, what does success mean to you? And before we go any further, let me ask you to read this article. Another recent article, this one on writing, argues that publication is only a means to an end. But what…

A Few More Thoughts on Reading and Writing

I thought before I return to book reviews I would try to sum up the past couple of posts, albeit in a rather circuitous fashion, by asking this question: Why do you read? I ask this because books – or their electronic counterparts – have a lot of competition in this the early twenty-first century….

The Imperfect Novel

I thought it might be time to devote a couple of posts to some of the things that make for a great read, whether you’re a writer or reader — or both. I’ve made such comments in previous posts, but they may sometimes get lost in a post reader’s rush to see whether I liked the book…

It’s Important, and We Should Listen To The Growing Complaints

  The readers of this blog know by now that I have problems with certain aspects of the American version of postmodern literature – one of my plaints is given here. Philip Roth, among other, less luminous beings in the writer/reader firmament, has given up on fiction. Why? Because many of the most talented young writers have…