blog the author

Used to be if you liked an author you wrote them a letter care of their publisher. And unless they were local or on a tour promoting their most recent opus, you almost NEVER got to meet your favorite scribbler. Book tours have become de riguer for any book with bestseller potential. And an author […]

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. . . doing our best to piss off religious zealots since 1455.

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books unbound

“Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.” Mark Amidon. (nope don’t know who he is either) So I was listening to WBUR’s On Point last night and philosopher Daniel Dennett guested. Seems Dennett is a scientist who studies ideas as if they were living, breathing, self-replicating organisms…which […]

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faking sincerity

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow big head morning: As a rule I avoid state of the union addresses. Personally, I think political speechwriters are no more capable of non-fiction than James Frey. And when speaking ‘Himself’ seems […]

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make em read cake

“I used to teach in a comprehensive school and I know from experience that many children are not capable of reading the books I wanted them to read.” -Nick Hornby . J.K. Rowling the co-arbiter of what’s important in life, gave us this list: which is probably the only time you will ever see Beatrix […]

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one book wonderment

” I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” – Peter De Vries Literary wonks have always had a soft spot for one book wonders, perhaps it is a touch of schradenfreude (I never get to use that word enough) or more likely a large dollop of there but for the […]

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sunday in the park

The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it’s also full of fourth-rate readers. – Stan Barstow. (who is stan barstow?) Okay the Bullpen is finding it’s format footing… Monday thru Friday will be tidbits in the news or on the net that may be of general interest to old bookies. Saturday will obviously […]

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time marches on

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired” -Mortimer CaplanThings you can do while you should be doing other things. There are dishes in the sink, orders to be filled, boxes to be shipped and you really don’t give two shits. What to do, what to do? It needs to […]

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one small step . . .

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. “ – Robert GoddardToday in history Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee died in a launch pad fire. I remember reading about it in Mailer’s Of a Fire […]

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the best words in the best order

“How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.” – Robert BurnsWe so totally missed Robbie Burns Birthday. (Jan 25th) I can’t believe I didn’t have this marked on my calendar. Burns of the “ode to the haggis” and “luv is like a red red rose”…oh …who am I kidding?..poetry […]

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