Everyday Life

The novelist is exhausted. Whole worlds suggest themselves to her but that is all. The worlds do not appear. They do not come ready-made. They do not exist. They require focus and time and attention. The worlds must be pulled forth. Forged. The novelist is exhausted. Characters whisper in his ear and run through caverns … Continue reading Everyday Life

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Titles for World Book Day

Re-posting these titles I wish I could find on Amazon, with a few more. Happy reading, writing, and whatever else it is you do with your books. The Novel Is Dead---A Murder Mystery   The Novel Is Dead. Long Live the Novel: An Arthurian Legend   The Attorney for the Attorney Representing the Client’s Attorney---A … Continue reading Titles for World Book Day

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America's next gun massacre is inevitable.

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Mother Land: A Review for Mothers Day

Stephen King reviews Paul Theroux's new novel, Mother Land at the New York Times this week (PeaceCorpsWorldwide brought it to my attention). King gives voice to the love-hate relationship so many readers have with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, novelist and travel writer, whose prolific career spans nearly six decades and whose vicious pen reaches the furthest places on the … Continue reading Mother Land: A Review for Mothers Day

The Foreign Service v Zach Galifianakis

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) included this discussion of  Two Pumps for the Body Man in their new Digital Exclusives series. Unlike the great Between Two Ferns, the AFSA studio had only one bamboo to offer. Lean budget times, I guess. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9x6SVKdYqg AFSA writes: Foreign Service Officer Ben East brings to the table a satirical … Continue reading The Foreign Service v Zach Galifianakis

Two Pumps for the Librarian

Six months back, guy walks into the library. Hands over his Foreign Service novel. "Here ya go." "What's this?" "It's a book. Go ahead. Put it on the shelf." "Not so fast, sonny. Two Pumps for the Body Man? Sounds dirty." "You don't want this novel for your patrons?" "We want four copies of that novel … Continue reading Two Pumps for the Librarian

The Literary Excellence, III

My nominations for The Stephen T. Colbert Award for The Literary Excellence continue. Boy, this effort is really lifting my mood! In Preston Lang's The Sin Tax a female baddy flashes her gun at a male ex-con baddy: "You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get a carry permit in New York. It’s insane. But once … Continue reading The Literary Excellence, III