Category Archives: Writers and Writing

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XMAS SR ’06: Leaving Home

Press Democrat blog. Meanwhile, the longer version is here, chock full of the details and texture that historical research always yields. The whole thing feels so old-timey-Christmas that I went ahead and did an audio recording as well. If you … Continue reading

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I’ll Have What They’re Having

“If you’re going to invent, you’re going to disrupt.” That’s Jeff Bezos talking. Once upon a time, he was Mr. Amazon. Now he’s Mr. Amazon Publishing. For good and ill, he’s inventing a seismic disruption of the book world. Journalists … Continue reading

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On Tolerance and Toleration

Thinking ’bout the South THE LANGUAGE OF RESPECT My address says CA, but all I see from my writing desk these days are my old familiars, the mountains of NC. Given a continent’s remove from those parts, I speak of … Continue reading

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Strange Doors, Moving Loops

Thinking about Writing THE THING-NESS OF THE BOOK “A book is a network.” Great phrase. Evocative. From new-publishing guru Todd Sattersten. I picked it up at a mind-widening webinar he hosted last week via O’Reilly TOC. (I highly recommend him and … Continue reading

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This One My Niece Made

Thinking about Writing (and Design) LOOKING AT, LOOKING FOR She sits right on my desk. Peering at me just this way, day after day. My niece. She’s concentrating really hard because she’s taking a picture of herself. Or trying to. … Continue reading

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Shaggy and Nosy and Loud

Thinking about Writing FIELD WORK  A balmy Sunday afternoon. Bright sun. Cool air. I drive myself well out of town down a dusty road to a sheep farm. It features a modest farmhouse, not a mansion. Worn wooden fencing surrounded … Continue reading

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Villains

Thinking about our Great Wide World WHEN TO FIGHT AND HOW He buried the lead. In last Sunday’s NY Times Opinion section, Drew Westen wrote an article called “What Happened to Obama?” (Maureen Dowd quoted it a few days later.) … Continue reading

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