A Most Wanted Man: Surrender

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré I gave up on this book after 100 pages. Nothing happened except for the author introducing some rather dull characters in a rather dull place. Every time I picked the book up, I did so with the hope that this time, something important and exciting would happen. […]

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Writing Wright reviewed by ‘Small Church Pastor’

My old friend Chuck Warnock has written a very nice review of The Writing Wright for his popular blog Confessions of a Small Church Pastor. Here’s part of what Chuck says about the book: The Writing Wright brims with quotes, anecdotes, excerpts, and illustrations about writers and writing. From Samuel Johnson to Ernest Hemingway to […]

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Headlines and titles: the ‘invention’ conceit

In our modern Scots-invented world of bloviation, headlines and titles can’t stand the heat of a literalist’s kitchen. Note: This is a post that appeared on a previous blog in May, 2008. Being a literalist when it comes to words and their usage (though not without a sense of humor, I hope), I tend to […]

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Civil War images: Authors explore the Mosby Myth

What we think about John Singleton Mosby is a mixture of what he did on the battlefields of the Civil War and the myth-making that occurred during and after the war. In this post, author Ed Caudill talks about his book on this expert image-maker. What is real, and what just exists in our mind’s […]

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A permanent Republican majority: RIP

Recent memory holds the idea of the “permanent Republican majority.” It had the Republicans crowing and the Democrats quaking. Ron Brownstein gives us an idea of how far through political space we have traveled since then: The consistent thread linking the 2006 and 2008 elections was the narrowing of the playing field for Republicans even […]

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A good take on being a reporter

Reporting is where journalism begins. Without reporting — gather facts, information, and views and putting all those together — journalism doesn’t exist. So we owe a deep debt to those who spend their lives doing the tough job of reporting. Deborah Howell, ombudsman for the Washington Post, has a good take on what it takes […]

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Staying Booked has moved

Staying Booked has move to the Writing Wright. Check us out there. Many thanks.

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Memo to self: Writing projects and beyond

SELF-INDULGENCE ALERT: Warning the following is about what I have been up to lately. Not for the faint of heart. Now that I’ve ushered one big writing project out the door, it’s time to assess and indulge. A couple of things are done, but a couple of others need attention, and some things loom on […]

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Cyn Mobley to host Internet radio call-in show on publishing

Best-selling thriller novelist Cyn Mobley will host her first Internet radio call-in show on what it takes to get published on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 at 7 p.m. EST at Talkshoe.com. The link to the show is here: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/32978 The show is set up so you can just listen in or you can call via […]

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Commenting on Dana Milbank’s ‘Team of Losers’

Dana Milbank, one of the Washington Post‘s top political reporters, had an item in his blog Rough Sketch on Wednesday saying the Republicans in Congress had awarded the failure of their leaders by retaining them in their leadership jobs. Interesting post, to which I commented: The Republicans are acting like any great American corporation. Your […]

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Ayers: No regrets for stand against Vietnam war

William Ayers, head of the 1960s radical antiwar group Weather Underground who became a major issue in the presidential election campaign, told a radio interviewer Tuesday that he had “no regrets for taking a stand” against the war in Vietnam.Ayers appeared on Fresh Air with Terri Gross, a National Public Radio show, and talked with […]

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Non-profit news: the new journalism

The New York Times has an article this morning on non-profit journalism — an idea that has been around for a while. In fact, the Christian Science Monitor had a similar article, spotlighting the VoiceofSanDiego as the Times article did, back in February. There are also articles in the Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, […]

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Non-profit news: the new journalism

The New York Times has an article this morning on non-profit journalism — an idea that has been around for a while. In fact, the Christian Science Monitor had a similar article, spotlighting the VoiceofSanDiego as the Times article did, back in February. There are also articles in the Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, […]

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Barack Obama: America’s ‘Professor in Chief’

Richard Monastersky, a senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, has an article in a recent edition of the publication pointing out a number of things about the election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden with regard to higher education. Obama is a former professor. He taught at the University of Chicago Law School […]

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How open will the Obama administration be?

National Public Radio had a story this morning speculating on how open the new Barack Obama administration will be. The story quotes former University of Alabama student (and friend) Christi Parsons, who covered the state legislature in Springfield for the Chicago Tribune when Obama was a state senator. The gist of the story is that […]

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The Brass Verdict brings back Mickey Haller

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller returns in Michael Connelly’s last mystery/thriller. And this time, Connelly teams him up (sort of) with Harry Bosch, the author’s long-running detective character. Haller is not your paragon of virtue, but he is clever and interesting. Haller is returning from a year off, much of […]

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Barack Obama, president-elect

Congratulations, Barack Obama. President-elect. Truly remarkable. Truly. And congratulations to Senator John McCain for your unquestioned patriotism and courage and your service to your country.

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The audacity of hope for Barack Obama, the writer

Barack Obama wrote his own book — no ghostwriters or co-authors. He did the literary heavy-lifting himself. It was with plenty of audacity and no small amount of hope that Barack Obama sat down in the early 1990s to write his life story. He had just turned 30 in 1991 and could reasonably assume that […]

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Christian Science Monitor book page: interesting stuff

A good book review in the mainstream media (MSM) is getting harder to find. Not many of the MSM have retained strong book pages or coverage. The New York Times, of course, is the exception, as it has always been. There is not only the Sunday Book Review, which I have read for many years, […]

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Supreme Courtship: funny, light read

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley rating: 4 of 5 stars Just finished Christopher Buckley’s Supreme Courtship. Very funny in places and a bit silly in others. Still, an enjoyable read and always a dig at the powers that be. Pepper Cartwright is a very popular TV judge who is nominated for a U.S. Supreme Court […]

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