Category Archives: Writers and Writing

Garrison Keillor, Writer

Garrison Keillor, former host and writer for the weekly PBS TV and Radio program A Prairie Home Companion, has long been a favorite writer of mine, often dismissed as “unsophisticated,” but it takes a lot of sophistication to write simply … Continue reading

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Other Languages

“Most Die Young,” by Camille Bordas. The New Yorker, 1/2/2017. Bordas’ article is a fiction piece, but, in one tiny segment, she makes a good point about languages that checks out as true. When learning about a different culture, we … Continue reading

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Publishing a Post Vs. Publishing a Book

The term for uploading a blog posting is “publish,” although I am not quite comfortable with this. We expect a published work to be cast in stone. That is, if you read a reference to a quote from a specific … Continue reading

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Nailed It!

Writing this blog has sensitized me to clichés that I avoid like the flu. If I miss one, call me out on it. I’ll be grateful. Embarrassed, but grateful. A current cliché that I hear on the TV over and … Continue reading

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Two Years Before the Mast

The first nautical movie I remember was Two Years Before the Mast, starring Alan Ladd (1946). Much later, about 10 years ago, I read the book. But only today, thanks to reading Moby-Dick, did I learn the full meaning of … Continue reading

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Frankenstein

“It’s Still Alive,” by Jill Lapore. The New Yorker, 2/12 & 19, 2018. (Coinciding with the recent re-release of the original book, Frankenstein, in paperback by Penguin Classics.) Let’s quickly pass over what most of us know: Frankenstein was written … Continue reading

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Kafka

The meaning of life is that it stops. –Franz Kafka (1883-1924) You never know where a gem of wisdom will turn up. This quote from Franz Kafka came up on The Amazing Race that I was watching on TV, expecting … Continue reading

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