Monthly Archives: October 2014

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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“How to Write a Sentence” from the New Yorker (seriously)

[The following are, verbatim, the first several paragraphs of this profound and priceless sentence-writing guide as it appeared in the august New Yorker magazine. ]   Well, here you are, looking at this, trying, hoping, floundering, scrabbling, wishing, dying to … 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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Forever Rare Books

Readers of this blog will be aware of my chronic whining about having too many books and too little space for them. They will be familiar with the angst I’m experiencing over which to part with (and probably tired of … Continue reading

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Fictive Things Wink as They Will

Needed some sere severe poetic discourse (to replace one headache with another).  Don’t fret over what seems obscure here but relish the nuggets that hit you where you live. The bold type is my emendation. For all his pompous learning, … Continue reading

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The Personal Library

This week’s New Yorker.  If only I were that composed and organized!!!

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Survivors and Connivers

Boccaccio wrote the Decameron, the paradigm Chaucer followed for the Canterbury Tales,  some years after the Italian’s opus, during the darkest days of the Black Plague in Europe. The Black Plague decimated Europe while it raged. It was spread by … Continue reading

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