If you don’t think stuffed animals are real, maybe you’re just confused. Paddington Bear’s creator has passed. Here’s the New York Times obituary: Continue reading Michael Bond, 1926-2017
(Editor’s Note: Only a creative person can understand why Mr. Pinter’s comment makes sense. We can debate vague issues such as the thin line between genius and madness, but those debates have rarely produced anything except more creative work. That’s the way it should be, too. Out of respect for artists, we must also acknowledge that questioning a creative person’s stability can hinder the creative process. Not every artist can tell the naysayers to go to hell. There may be nothing in the following quote to benefit anyone except other artists, or people who have a sincere appreciation of art. … Continue reading Excerpt From Harold Pinter’s Brilliant Nobel Speech
Earlier this month, I had a miniature “nervous breakdown” (an outdated term, but calling it a psychotic break would be a gross exaggeration). I was semi-functional, and actually wrote more than usual. I just wasn’t that good about putting the writing on paper or into the computer. One aspect of the writing went at least as well as when I’m healthy, though. It found its way onto Kindle within one week, too, even if you count the days when the alleged writing was limited to staring at the ceiling over my bed and letting my imagination take charge. The typing … Continue reading Too Soon?
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book By Hentoff, Nat Copyright 1982 Young Adult Fiction Published by Laurel Leaf Books $6.99 Paperback ISBN: 0-440-91814-6 (Cover Image Unavailable) I was saddened to read about the passing of Nat Hentoff, the former Village Voice columnist who was noted for being controversial with everyone, including the liberals who usually agreed with him. I knew Mr. Hentoff had written one novel because I’d seen a paperback copy of it. It was a jazz-themed mystery. I didn’t know he had written other fiction, though. The Day They Came to Arrest the Book is a Young Adult modern … Continue reading The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Review)
Man In The Dark Author: Paul Auster Publisher: Picador USA $16.00 Paperback Copyright 2008 ISBN: 978-0312428518 180 Pages If you like the idea of reading a short novel and gaining insight into the human condition by the time you’ve finished reading, Paul Auster’s Man In The Dark is recommended. Central character August Brill’s family has suffered terrible losses. Mr. Brill is a book critic, and an excellent storyteller. His creativity vents personal horror, and encourages a bond with his adult granddaughter. I won’t say anything else about the characters or the story. Just read it and make your own observations. Continue reading Man In The Dark By Paul Auster (Book Review)
James Patterson, one of the United States’ bestselling novelists, has a new agreement with Hachette Book Group. Soon, we’ll be seeing pop novellas at store checkstands next to the snack foods, and please don’t scoff. When I’m in the right mood, I enjoy reading Mr. Patterson’s books. At home, there are always a couple of them within reach when the mood hits, and most of us can count on airport shops having paperback editions in stock when we’re getting ready to board a long flight. Mr. Patterson’s fiction is ideal for times when we want print entertainment which isn’t too … Continue reading James Patterson’s New Book Plans
Talk Talk By T. C. Boyle Penguin Paperback Copyright 2006 ISBN-13: 9780143112150 $15.00 If you’re interested in fine fiction about the distance between people and aren’t tempted to reread Silas Marner, I recommend the 2006 novel Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle. “Identity Theft” is one of the topics listed in the cataloguing information for this book. While identity theft is a central theme, the story is more than a suspense novel. On different levels, T. C. Boyle encourages readers to consider the ways we relate to others and view ourselves. This is the first book by Mr. Boyle I’ve read. He … Continue reading Book Review: Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle
Please forgive me. I just want to call attention to my e-book, Petra. The writing in the book — actually, it’s a novella — is less awkward than the message here. Poetry magnets really are a challenge. Continue reading Shameless Fun With Word Magnets