Tag Archives: Margaret Langstaff

Einstein’s Desk and Mine: A Sort of Comparative Analysis

  Having been the butt of derision and mockery for too many years for my “messy” desk (and office), I believe I have at last  found an effective remedy for silencing my many sneering critics once and for all. This … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion (wink)

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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ Revels in Paradox

Heads up, Poets. This review in Flavorwire (6/9/16) of Ben Lerner’s recent book-length essay on the disappointments and shortcomings of poetry is worth reading. Says reviewer Jonathan Sturgeon, “The Hatred of Poetry is an important essay because it doubles as … Continue reading

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Of Poets and Poetasters: National Poetry Month

So what’s a poetaster? Most people are pretty sure they know what a poet is, but poetaster, first used by Ben Jonson in 1600, has fallen into disuse. Well, fact is, though we throw the word poet around with flippant … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Rx for a Long and Happy Life! Smart Aging for Women by Elizabeth Rigley, R.N., M.H.S.

  A ground breaking new book coming soon from Canadian publisher Borealis Press An Interview with Elizabeth Rigley, R.N., M.H.S. Author of SMART AGING FOR WOMEN: A Guide to a Healthier, Happier and Longer Life © Copyright 2016, Margaret Langstaff … Continue reading

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Love is the slowest form of suicide–Fiza Pathan

AN INTERVIEW WITH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR FIZA PATHAN OF MUMBAI, INDIA
Fiza Pathan, a very young self-published author, recently was awarded three prestigious book prizes, one at the London Book Fair and two at the New England Festival of Books.

This is a penetrating interview with her editor, Margaret Langstaff, about how and why she writes. Shocking candor, shocking themes.
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BIG NEWS! FIZA PATHAN, One of my clients, took awards at the London Book Festival and …

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“A Child Was Born in a Cave to Save the World”

Joseph Brodsky was an emigre poet from the Soviet Union who lived in New York City, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. He was an amazingly gifted, modest man.  He wrote in English after emigrating as an … Continue reading

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Trials and Tribulations of the Writing Life

I have been watching with some resentment, not to say a gimlet eye, a book (one of three in a series) that I wrote in 2002 as “work for hire” (for a flat fee, no royalties) perform rather well on … Continue reading

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Letter G The April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:
Day 7 of the April A to Z challenge and you are joining me for my book character them, plus some audience participation below. Letter G is for Garnet Sullivan in The Devil, The Diva…

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Everyone Needs a Good Editor

Most of you here know me as an author and book raconteur, but the bulk of my time is spent editing other people’s books. I’ve been doing this professionally for over twenty years and find it very gratifying to help … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears

After three years my MARLIN, DARLIN keeps on garnering great reviews. The latest — 5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills, Chills, rofl, Realism, and Just Plain Good Writin’!, February 8, 2015 By Deborah A. Bowman, author – See all my … Continue reading

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Free Books! Not Many, But Good Ones

[Also posted as separate page on the blog] Review Copies Each month I’ve informally off the record given away review copies of my books, usually three to five a month, to my followers with the understanding these eager readers will … Continue reading

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Marlin, Darlin’ by Margaret Jean Langstaff

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Marlin, Darlin’: Garnet Sullivan Live from Florida #1 by Margaret Jean Langstaff My rating: 5 of 5 stars Marlin, Darlin’ is a very well written and fun mystery set in Florida. Garnett Sullivan earns her…

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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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Just Have to Share

Readers of this blog know I’m opinionated, have high writing standards (for myself at least and in what I read). So it is particularly gratifying when an astute reader of one of my works takes the time to write a … Continue reading

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Mystery Book Blog Tour – Look Out!

Some of you may be aware that I am not simply a dull over-educated literati, but also have a wild frivolous side to my writing and writing tastes. This “side” of me has produced to date two crazy funny Florida … Continue reading

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The Scoop, The Dish – “Twilight’s Indian Princess”

FREE BOOK PROMOTION FOR THIS TITLE JULY 1 – 5 Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Twilights-Indian-Princess-Margaret-Langstaff-ebook/dp/B00L9Q1TC2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403836553&sr=1-1&keywords=twilights+indian+princess _______________ About the Book Briefly, it’s Literary with a Southern flavor. It has a lovable daft heroine who can’t get out of her own way. She is … Continue reading

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“Twilight’s Indian Princess” – a new story

Sarah Sloan McCorkle of Piney Point, TN is a smart, hard-working schoolteacher, a good wife and great mother, who “married down”—according to her Southern aristocrat mother. Way down. One day she finds herself at the end of her rope, exhausted, … Continue reading

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Coming Soon from Cedar Hill Press … a new novella about a very remarkable woman

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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 Universe According to Sarah Jo McCorkle of Viburnum Lane

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (e.g., anything with a pulse on this planet) A Matter of Ultimate Significance A Major Advancement in Human Knowledge  *S*H*O*C*K*I*N*G Paradigm Shift `Coming Soon from CHP   The Viburnum Lane Bubble Bath Hypothesis & The New … Continue reading

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A Lagniappe for Readers – “The Unbearable Lightness of Prunes”

For my few stalwart, long-suffering and die-hard literati readers who have been too impecunious to purchase one of my books or stories just yet, here is some news you can use (as you wish). My narcoleptic publisher has roused from … Continue reading

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“This book will part your hair”

Here in the dubious off-kilter state of Florida, it’s coming on “the season.” Those clued into what that means notice their hair stands on end with more alacrity than is usual at NOAA news of happenings (waves, depressions, rotations) as … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson’s Encounters with the Sublime

© 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. I’ve read, studied and written about … Continue reading

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Raising Some Hell: The Inferno and Its Often Hellish Translators & Rips

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved [Posting this here as a follow up to “Our Words Indict Us” (see below).] I’m on a bit of soapbox here, but I think these are important issues that discriminating readers, curious … Continue reading

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Our Words Indict Us

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights  Reserved “What a piece of work is man.”  It takes genius to fully render him, both in time and for all time. Trying to verify a phrase and give correct attribution for a … Continue reading

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Need to Chill?

Sometimes you just really need to kick back, detach, and escape from the nattering, frustrating minutia and bad news of everyday life. Especially today. One of my favorite poets is my perfect fix for this desperate neediness, and one of … Continue reading

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Who Will Speak for You? Why Writing Well Matters

[Note: I suspect the following is preaching to the choir for most readers of this humble blog. Even so it may prove useful to them in making a point, enlightening those under their tutelage or as fodder for a lively … Continue reading

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Lay on, Macduff!

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved There are some things you just shouldn’t read at bedtime and I’m here to tell you Macbeth is one of them. And, for that matter, probably any one of Shakespeare’s tragedies is … Continue reading

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A Valentine for Emily Dickinson

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved. WARNING, STUDENTS: DO NOT COPY & PASTE We’ll get ya, count on it! For all the critical and popular acclaim she receives today, the poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) passed her life in … Continue reading

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Pity the Poor Tortured Writers?

In a very amusing piece  “Is Writing Torture?”  the New Yorker covers the recent dust-up over the travails of the writing life among three of the unlikeliest writers ever to engage in mutual conversation, let alone a serious discussion, among … Continue reading

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“This Book Will Part Your Hair” Some Reflections on the Current Climate and Practice of Book Reviewing

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff All Rights Reserved   I’ve been at the writing game many years and have published several books along the way. Early on I used to agonize over reviews and reader comments and tie myself up … Continue reading

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The Assault of Laughter

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff All Rights Reserved As with an unfortunate minority of similarly wired souls, winter is always a down time for me. The gloom, the shorter days, the cold. They drain me utterly and I have to … Continue reading

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LOOK! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … No! It’s

A flock of Sandhill Cranes! As I was sitting outside under an oak tree yesterday minding my own business and fully absorbed in re-reading The Hobbit, gently (even affectionately) turning the yellowed pages of my old paperback edition, I became … Continue reading

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