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Twofer Tuesday: Dan Roam & Ben Jones

This week promises two exciting events I want to share with you here. The Pop-Up Pitch: The Two-Hour Creative Sprint to the Most Persuasive Presentation of Your Life Dan Roam, author of “Back of the Napkin” and several other modern … Continue reading

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Revisiting Thalia and “The Last Picture Show”

I’ve been rereading some of Larry McMurtry’s writing since his death earlier this year. Most recently, I took a trip back to Thalia to visit with Sonny and Duane and Jacy and Ruth and Sam the Lion and all the … Continue reading

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In short…

“Lately readers have begun to complain about my short chapters, although in my opinion there is no particular reason why a chapter should be long. Does one complain to Rimbaud because of the brevity of his verse? In fact I … Continue reading

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Bookman, Pass By

Farewell to Larry McMurtry, a true man of letters and a giant in the field of Texas and western literature. From his first novel, Horseman, Pass By (re-titled “Hud” for the movie, uh, variation) to the legendary Lonesome Dove tales … Continue reading

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Farewell to Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The legendary Lawrence Ferlinghetti died yesterday, leaving a legacy of literacy and poetry and, of course, San Francisco’s pioneering City Lights bookstore. Aged 101, he loomed large in the city he loved, and his light shone like a beacon of … Continue reading

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From Some Recent Readings

Part of my morning rhythm is reading. I keep a book, usually non-fiction, on the end table near my living room chair, and after I’ve taken the dog out briefly, I sit and sip some coffee while reading. Recently, I … Continue reading

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Rivers, Bubbles, and Streams of Literary Echoes

I have always loved The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder, even citing it sometimes as the one book I would select for a desert isle book due to the way it encompasses multiple books and stories. Add in the richness … Continue reading

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Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun — Dalton Trumbo This book further radicalized my reaction to the ongoing horrors of the overseas war. When they released a movie version movie I don’t know whether I’m alive and dreaming or dead and remembering…Inside … Continue reading

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Friday Freebies for Easter Weekend

Recently, I’ve posted a number of lists of freebies, from music to movies to artwork to books to virtual tours. At the risk of becoming repetitive, here’s another list of more freebies. I mean — who doesn’t love free? Andrew … Continue reading

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