Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Because most of the (3) readers of this site aren’t fiction writers by trade, I usually don’t link to blog post lamentations about the tough life of the literary fiction writer. But it occurs to me that those who’ve never published a book may be operating under the delusion that those of us who have… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

I’ve said all I care to say about the shooting in Connecticut…well, not quite all. One of the memes floating around Facebook and Twitter is that the media should either refrain from mentioning the name of the killer at all, or give the killer a collectively decided humiliating nickname. Like most social media memes, it’s… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

I just finished the first draft of a review of a well-written but at the same time frustrating pastiche of Samuel Beckett’s Mercier and Camier. You’ll hear more about that in due course. Other things on my mind: Why the GOP won’t admit the failure of supply side economics. Darren McFadden will return to an Oakland… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin is thinking of writing a book. Because the Earth’s population includes a high percentage of awful, awful people, I’m sure Akin’s tome will finish as a bestseller. Speaking of awful people, Uganda’s parliament is poised to pass an anti-homosexuality bill that, among other provisions, allows “victims” of “homosexual crimes” to kill… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Dear Reggie McKenzie,

Hi. Jim Snowden here. You don’t know me. I’m the author of a book you most likely haven’t read called Dismantle the Sun. I don’t take your failure to own a copy personally. It hasn’t been out long, didn’t have an enormous publicity campaign, and at any rate I’m sure that over the course of the… Continue reading Dear Reggie McKenzie,

Mr. Knapp, That’s Not the Issue

I don’t blog about football much, even though I live or die (mostly die, in recent years) with the Oakland Raiders, whose offensive coordinator, Greg Knapp, has been under fire for the last two weeks because the running game he coordinates is next to last in the league. “Let’s keep things in perspective for a… Continue reading Mr. Knapp, That’s Not the Issue