Monthly Archives: October 2013

Amazon Publishing Gets a Black-Eye from Other Booksellers and Publishers

      Amazon has annoyed and frustrated many over the years, particularly authors and publishers, with its insistence it was “their way or the highway.” And true to say, it seemed that Amazon could do whatever it darn well pleased, could … Continue reading

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Marlin, Darlin’ – Special Weekend Sale

[re-posted from my Goodreads blog this a.m.]  Hello Good Readers and Friends– I want to give you a heads up on the special pricing for this weekend of what Goodreads calls my “most popular” novel and one that made the … Continue reading

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New Online Emily Dickinson Archive

This reclusive, intensely shy and private poet, virtually ignored by the literati during her 19th century  lifetime, has acquired a staying power and an exponentially growing reputation today that would have shocked the socks off the people who knew her … Continue reading

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On the Need for Critics, and the Means by which their Field might be Improved

Originally posted on digital didascalia:
In an interview with Nathan Rabin over at the A.V. Club in May of 2007, Louis C.K. remarked with pointed reprobation the distinction between critic and reviewer:  To me, there’s a huge difference between criticism…

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The Ghost of Flannery O’Connor: A Self-Portrait

 All right, let me be upfront about this before we wade into deep water: Every time I look at this painting, I get the distinct impression it was intended to be humorous, ironic and self-deprecating. Rather than the halo of … Continue reading

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“Numerous Prominent Female Thinkers Lack Wikipedia Entries”

Ahem. Exxxccuuuse, me! But, dear ole Wikipedia, this really stinks. Not that I’m surprised, really, or even shocked (even). I’ve sensed this for several years when I shot over to Big W to get the basic info on contemporary women … Continue reading

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Skeered to Death! The Headless Horseman Rides Again!

     It never fails, every October, in advance of Halloween, I think of this nightmarish freak featured so prominently in Washington Irving‘s timeless tale THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. What a rip roaring hair-raising tale for kids of all ages … Continue reading

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The Stigmata of St. Francis

The icon, not the man               An answered prayer Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church.  St. Francis has been in the news a lot recently, although he’s been dead for 787 years.  … Continue reading

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“By Night when Others Soundly Slept”

  I had an fairly elaborate post in the works for National Poetry Day, but alas, life intervened and blew it out of the water for the time being.  I will finish it and post it later, but I ran … Continue reading

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