My E-Book Isn’t Selling This Week. Sound the Alarm Bells!

I am a relatively unknown author.  I have five books — two novellas, two essays and a short story — on Kindle, and ordinarily there’s no reader interest unless the books are promoted. There are different types of promotions, and I won’t elaborate on the options.  However, I will say that during the past week I spent four afternoons focusing on one title and distributing more than two hundred and fifty business cards in San Francisco, without results.  Some of those people who accepted the cards expressed a real interest, but I was too honest and told them about the … Continue reading My E-Book Isn’t Selling This Week. Sound the Alarm Bells!

The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever

Disclaimer:  I’m partial to George Michael.  As if you didn’t know that. Some people say Mr. Michael was outed the day he was arrested leaving a park men’s room in Beverly Hills.  Actually, anyone who listened to GM’s fine music during the 1990s already knew the closet door in question was ajar, not closed.  The 1996 song Jesus to a Child was a tribute piece dedicated to Anselmo Feleppa, who, according to the booklet enclosed with the Older CD, “changed the way that I look at my life.” Prior to April 1998, the London tabloid media harassed George Michael relentlessly on … Continue reading The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever

George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover

Some pieces of art that should become legendary are forgotten. When George Michael and producer Phil Ramone got together to create an album of standards in the late 1990s, they were probably aware that the end result would not be a commercial success. Although Songs From the Last Century isn’t in the same league with the later Michael-Ramone collaboration Symphonica, it’s worthy of more attention than it receives.  Below is a link to a YouTube audio-only upload of Mr. Michael’s cover of Secret Love. Secret Love was first recorded by Doris Day, for the 1953 movie Calamity Jane.  Sammy Fain composed the instrumental music, and the … Continue reading George Michael’s Late 1990s Classic Cover

George Michael: An Appreciation

About a year ago, I decided to write an essay on the late George Michael’s life and work.  I thought I already knew quite a bit, and expected the research and writing to last about two months. It’s a good thing there was no publishing contract with a deadline.  I live in the United States, and didn’t realize how much of GM’s work was released without being promoted here.  To produce a well-informed essay, I needed a year to complete it. I bought CDs I didn’t previously know existed, and looked a lot more closely than expected at music videos … Continue reading George Michael: An Appreciation

Sexual Harassment Looks So Stupid

When I was younger, I was harassed repeatedly by oafish men who thought they were sophisticated.  I remember the absurd, vulgar pride one of them expressed when I heard him (falsely) claim to his friends that he’d had intimate relations with me.  Everyone could see that I wanted nothing to do with him, so apparently he was claiming he had committed rape. That monster pursued me on a regular basis for six years, and for seven years after that he did inexcusable things in public places whenever I had the misfortune of running into him. When I spoke with friends … Continue reading Sexual Harassment Looks So Stupid

George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)

          This blog post was revised on October 27, 2017. There’s no typographical error or computer glitch involved in the headline for this post.  The “a” and “e,” pressed together in text, are called an æsc, or ash.  The æsc exists in different languages, including English.  Note the correct spelling of the reference book title, Encyclopædia Britannica. The æsc has never appeared on typewriter keys, but it’s still around in spite of the fact that it’s considered archaic.  If you can pull up a sophisticated keyboard on a Dell Inspiron computer screen, you’ll probably find it.  … Continue reading George Michæl Symphonica CD (A Review, With Oodles of Background Info)