On Tuesday, Maurice Sendak died from a stroke at the age of 83. I wrote a blog about him earlier after reading an article that reported he was unhappy and found life meaningless. Understandably, he was depressed, having lost his partner of many years, but that had been a while earlie
WHEN WORDS FAIL Samuel Beckett, the author of “Waiting for Godot,” felt that language was too confining to express thought: “It is to be hoped the time will come, thank God, in some circles it already has, when language is best used when it is most efficient
Elizabeth Silver just published a strong, knowing review of Gothic Spring: A maiden aunt, a new Vicar with a book and secrets, and a curious, precocious young lady. Gothic Spring will grab you from page one….
I almost didn’t read the article. There’s too much violence in the world already. I didn’t want to know details. But the title caught my eye: “The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier.” Freelance solider? I’d heard the words mercenary, privateer and eve
If a popularity poll were taken among my friends, real and virtual, Charles Koch, of the infamous Koch brothers, would fall to the bottom of the list. That’s why an article about his daughter, Elizabeth Koch, caught my eye. In it, she describes herself as an optimist and so, with
A friend recently recommended a publisher she thought might be interested in my upcoming novel, “Trompe l’Oeil.” I’ve already signed a contract but out of curiosity, I reviewed the guidelines. The first sentence produced a belly laugh: “Every proposa
I’m about to launch a virtual tour for my book, “Gothic Spring.” I’m not exactly sure what a virtual tour is except book reviewers ask questions of an author and record the response on their blog site. It’s a chance to let readers know the book is in print and to peak thei