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One more addition to Bob, P. I.

“This is how we should start every day.  Meet up at a common place and plan out the day.  Sort of relax and kick back for a while before the action starts.” 253 more words


‘Imagining’ Monstrosity and Gender in Jeanette Winterson’s Sexing the Cherry

Before I begin writing this, I will make a confession: I only picked up Sexing the Cherry last weekend, as it was 140 pages long. I had assumed I would finish it in one sitting and go off to sleep. 1,977 more words


The Yard Sale Bandit is in Short Fiction Break

My story, The Yard Sale Bandit appears in Short Fiction Break today.   https://shortfictionbreak.com/2016/05/15/4582/
The editors left THE out of the title and changed the word pocket to picket in the text. 21 more words

Short Story Writing

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Seven Places of the Mind by Joan Didion

Joan Didion was one of the best chroniclers of life in California.  The essays collected in Slouching Towards Bethlehem make up the best portrait of California in the 1960’s that you’re likely to ever find. 324 more words

Book Review

Universal Baseball Association

In the next edition of my apparent series of reviews of books that are in one way or another about sports, I made my way through another novel that I’d heard a lot about and knew that I would probably like. 949 more words

Run River, J. Didion

First novels are often a fascinating glimpse at an author’s career.  Often, they are flawed novels but hint at the author’s promise.  Sometimes, they set a high-water mark the author never again is able to reach.   69 more words

American Fiction

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra is a linked collection of short stories set in less glamorous parts of Russia.

I’m not exactly sure where, someplace far from Moscow, around Chechnya, I think. 418 more words

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