Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Death of the Novel, or Worse

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I’ve been thinking on and off all week about Zadie Smith’s article, “The Essay v The Novel,” in last Saturday’s Guardian. Basically, Smith talks about her new book of essays, and how more and more fiction writers are turning away …

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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Mostly Mushy

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I just looked back at last year’s Thanksgiving post, and what a happily mushy post it was. I fear this one may get a bit mushy as well, so if that sort of thing annoys or offends you, turn away …

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Music, This Time

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I was feeling sorry for myself last night.  It has been a very busy, crazy couple of weeks.  I’ve been fighting a cold for most of it, plus I have somehow wrenched my shoulder out of place and am fitting …

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"Too Many Magpies" Takes Flight

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Tuesday night saw the launch of Elizabeth Baines‘ new novel, Too Many Magpies.  I can’t wait to read it.  It looks like a small-gem-of-a book.  Elizabeth read from the beginning, then took questions, and then read some more from the …

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In Awe of Translations and Translators

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Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away (or so it seems), I was a Classicist, studying and teaching ancient Greek, with a bit of Latin thrown in for good measure.   Even then many asked why I would be …

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From the Depths Up to the Heavens

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So many people are sick right now.  I know I’ve been battling my semi-annual sinus infection all week, too.  But it’s been a very busy week and I’ve managed to do several things that I want to share with you. …

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So Tired of Worrying About Waterstones

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I woke up this morning, looked at my diary, and it clearly said “write blog.” I knew exactly what I was going to write about, but as I read my friends’ blogs over my morning coffee, I saw this scare-mongering …

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A New Way to Procrastinate: Let’s Get Organized

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Based on all the blogs, tweets and facebook statuses I’ve been reading lately, it seems that writers and artists are really struggling right now.  Lack of confidence, frustration, impatience, “What’s it all about, Alfie?” It is certainly difficult times out …

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Take Me Away

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Escape: not always such a bad thing. Writer and blogger, Cally Taylor, has had her first novel published, Heaven Can Wait, and it is a perfect way to make an escape from whatever autumn doldrums might be plaguing you.  Cally …

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Historical Thesaurus

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Here’s a confession.  I am an absolutely addicted devotee of Roget’s Thesaurus.  I have been one since my fourth grade teacher had us write a piece called “A Surrendipitous Journey” using as many adjectives as possible.  To this day, I …

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