Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tuna Casserole & Ms. Keaton

Diane Keaton began talking about her memoir (Adult Authors Breakfast, BEA, NYC) by recalling one of her heroes, Katherine Hepburn, and her 1980-something memoir titled “Me.” DK thought it was an uncomfortable title, so, so, so — me-ish. (I’m paraphrasing.) … Continue reading

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Dr. Ruth, Phyllis Schlafly, and Diane Keaton

The Book Expo is full of surprises. Sometimes you’re walking by a very short person, and you hear a man with round stylish glasses burst out, “Dr. Ruth!” You stop and eavesdrop, because the BEA gives you these little gifts … Continue reading

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Uses of Dread

One of the benefits — some might say — of writing is the way that everything is material. Every emotion that slips in the door, for whatever reason, can be handed to a character to swallow and use. A hazard … Continue reading

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Great Rejections

Having served as an editor of a “little” magazine for four years, rejections don’t bother me (though acceptances are preferred, of course). The number of annual submissions of stories and essays number in the many hundreds for some literary magazines … Continue reading

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Waiting for Ideas

In my previous entry I wrote about that stew writers get into when they are trying to decide what to write about next. The musing itself apparently pushed some nerve cells into action. Within minutes, perhaps a day or two, … Continue reading

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Fence-sitting or What We Write About When We Write About Ideas

I’ve been thinking about a few writing ideas lately, and because various ones are floating around, I am prompted to think about the process of thinking about ideas. All of these ideas vie for attention, and the longer I postpone … Continue reading

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