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…

Wars of the Annunaki, by Chris Hardy – Part 2 My last post on this book, written halfway though the reading posed a lot of questions, some prescient, some unwarranted, some remaining unanswered. First let me set the stage for Professor Hardy’s project here: She has examined texts of both Sumerian language and the later…

A Pittance For Your Soul, Mister?

In browsing through the latest copy of Writer’s Chronicle magazine  my thumbing stopped on an interview with famed writer and writing teacher, Ursula K. Le Guin. I usually pass over interviews because they’re normally about the struggles of writers embedded in academia or some such, and they’re usually parroting the same stuff . As in “if…

The Age of the iPod is Over/The Verge

Time and technology march on, leaving us with drawers full of antiquated gadgets. Still, this is important news for readers and book marketers. The world is all about mobility now, mobile devices that can do more and more. Soon you’ll be able to read books, watch streaming TV and movies, in your car (don’t do this…

Of Lists and Being Seduced by Technology

The Atlantic, November 2013   There are many ways to reconsider a year that’s nearly at its end, and The Atlantic makes a unique stab at it this month by using this the Technology Issue to consider the 50 greatest inventions since the wheel. It might be fun to make your own list and compare,…

Unvarnished Journalism in Random Order

The Unwinding – An Inner History of The New America, by George Packer     I came by this book via a serendipitous path, and it’s proven quite a gift. Anyone who hasn’t been living underneath a rock for the past two decades understands that the U.S. – and possibly the world – is undergoing…

A Few Thoughts on The Difficulties of Being a Writer Today

  Book appearances are coming for my writer’s group (it’s more than just a mutual interest in writing): the True North Writers and Publishers Cooperative. After our initial defining and organizing efforts, we decided to send up some trial balloons to see just what the pressure points are in writing, publishing, and marketing. And so…