Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Soul Selects Her Own Society – Emily Dickinson

(c) 2014 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved I recently had the rare and arduous experience of re-reading for the umpteenth time all of Emily Dickinson‘s 1,775 surviving “poems”–but this time straight through over a period of two weeks. I’m working … Continue reading

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Now That’s a BOOK!

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“Authors are Upset at Amazon. Again.” — New York Times

[In a surprisingly candid and forceful piece the NYT 12/27/14 covers the widespread  Kindle author rage at Amazon’s latest bells and whistles–“enhancements” which cost ’em big bucks. Some best-selling authors have seen income drop by as much as 75%—] Brief … Continue reading

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Wishing you abundant Christmas blessings–and lots of great books!

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Are You a Writer? Most of the Followers of This Blog Are…

I am too, have been for nearly 30 years.  I also own a Writing and Editorial Consultancy firm, Margaret Langstaff Editorial. I work every day with writers trying to make their books better before publication. But even the best book … Continue reading

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I don’t get it, but “toot-toot” anyway, book sots

I wrote this book more than four years ago, the first in a series of over the top, raucous Florida based mysteries featuring a red haired wild woman, Garnet Sullivan.  It was the first novel I wrote under my own … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson’s Encounters with the Sublime

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© Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved.                                          Nature and God – I neither knew                    Yet Both so well knew me                    They startled, like Executors                    Of My identity.—E.D. Dickinson…

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Noelle reviews Home For Christmas by Margaret Langstaff

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:
Today’s book review is from Noelle, she blogs at Noelle chose to read and review Home For Christmas by Margaret Langstaff ? HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Home for Christmas is a compendium of Christmas stories…

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Twitter horrors: “Im a genius, buy my book”

I swear, I’ve got to do some serious UN-following. Most recent egregious case in point: “Visit me and the other talented authors at Self Publisher’s Showcase.” This way way awful.  Don’t people know how they sound? How do they think … Continue reading

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So here we go again! NYT “10 Best Books of 2014”

Something to argue about or totally ignore (NYT) The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. We should be so grateful for this priceless direction. The Times used to have the best readers/critics … Continue reading

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100 Notable Books of 2014 – NYT

[Just another tidbit of wit (?)] The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Worth reading (pardon the pun), the list, that is. FICTION & POETRY ALL OUR NAMES. By … Continue reading

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Apropos of Twitter Self-Promotion and New “Authors?”

“The better the writers, the less they will speak about what they have written themselves.” —Ernest Hemingway THE PARIS REVIEW

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“Satisfaction is a lowly thing, how pure a thing is joy.” — Marianne Moore

Need a lift or some inspiration to escape the gloom of winter and the doldrums of the winter heart? Here’s a short, beautiful poem that might impart the courage and resolve to get through the season (and life!) by the … Continue reading

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The Flood

After re-reading Emerson’s essay “The Poet” late last night, I became more convinced than ever that human beings have never been more miserable and unhappy than in the last century. This, despite more material abundance, security and personal freedom than … Continue reading

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“How Do You Know (that you believe) You Are Wearing Socks?” from NYT Opinionator

Just have to share this.  A short piece on how far removed academic Philosophy (the discipline) has become  from our big perennial “burning questions” as human beings. It struck me as hilarious and showed how potentially ridiculous academic Philosophy (the … Continue reading

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The Authors William Faulkner Consistently Returned to

Originally posted on Biblioklept:
Unidentified participant: Sir, when you are reading for your own pleasure, which authors do you consistently return to? William Faulkner: The ones I came to love when I was eighteen, nineteen, twenty years old. Moby-Dick, the…

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The Ongoing Angst of Culling My Library – Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

My long-suffering bibliomaniac followers have endured several of my white knuckled announcements of this or that treasured title that has to take a hike to a new home. Now I’ve stumbled on something I’d forgotten I’d had and darn well … Continue reading

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