Writing: Deconstruction is the sincerest form of learning

    I’ve had this argument with a friend unfamiliar with the writing process, yet interested in writing, himself: It’s not plagiairism to use another writer’s framework. Plagiarism is lifting someone else’s work verbatim, plonking it down in your own piece without attribution, pretending it’s your own. It’s not only illegal, but a moral wrong. What’s… Read More Writing: Deconstruction is the sincerest form of learning

chicago tribune review: Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Snow Queen’

  It’s published, friends. My review ran while I was away traveling. All 800-ish words of it. And though I can partially attribute this gig to a tremendously long stretch of time spent givin’ it away for free: reviewing and writing and blogging and reading about reviewing and writing and blogging, I owe a huge… Read More chicago tribune review: Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Snow Queen’

A Tramp’s Abroad: What books to bring? The Literature of Ireland and Wales

  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain     I’m not bringing my Kindle to Ireland/Wales.… Read More A Tramp’s Abroad: What books to bring? The Literature of Ireland and Wales