Category Archives: Writing

The Trumpiad: Book 1—Canto 4

April 2017 I I’m cogitating on this, when appears Before me a familiar compound ghost. The wry smile, weary mien beyond his years, And fierce disgust bear witness to a host Of agonies imposed upon his peers— Of murder, beatings—which would break the most … Continue reading

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The Trumpiad: Book 1—Canto 3

March 2017 (Inspired in part by Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column of February 18, 2017.) I In epics, usually at their very heart, The plot stops and the hero, marked by fate, Encounters a Parnassian whose art The poet thinks … Continue reading

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Jens Soering, The New Yorker, and Me

It’s a strange thing to see your name written out in the elegant, restrained typeface of The New Yorker magazine—as I, on this Monday morning, discover myself to be (in Nathan Heller’s “Blood Ties”). As someone who’s subscribed to the … Continue reading

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The Book as Souvenir

Seth Godin is one of those disruptive gurus of marketing, publishing, and connectivity, and I think he speaks a lot of sense. I especially appreciate what he says about the book as a souvenir—with all of the ambiguity that such a … Continue reading

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The Fine Writer

A friend who is currently writing a book sent me an email about its progress. She told me she’d started to read H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald’s award-winning memoir of how she dealt with her grief over her father’s death through falconry. My … Continue reading

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The Woes of the Author

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society—an august body of writers (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms) based in the U.K.—have produced their annual report on the dismal state of affairs for professional writers. (Thank you, Kim Stallwood, for sending it … Continue reading

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Fulfilling a Dream

As a publisher, I’m often told by folks, “Oh, I’d like to write a book.” My immediate (internal) reaction is often Why? It’s an enormous amount of work—research, writing, editing—and the rewards (little money, no reviews, few readers) are almost always incommensurate with … Continue reading

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