Monthly Archives: June 2011

‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’: Rebecca Skloot’s lessons on how great non-fiction should be written

I hate it when book reviewers (they do this all the time) heap what is in their mind praise on a work of non-fiction by saying, breathlessly, “it reads like a novel!” Oh, thanks. Great. This is just shorthand for … Continue reading

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Literary (and other) late bloomers: analyzed by Malcolm Gladwell, Part 3

The difference, I suppose, between prodigies and late bloomers is that the latter are basically lazy, unfocused procrastinators. Ha, ha! Just kidding! As a budding late bloomer, I like to start things out with some self-deprecating humor. It lightens the … Continue reading

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New York Post lies to get its dirty scoops; Innocent victim of “Tabloid-gate” scam sez “It’s pure slop.”

As I read the article by the Washington Post’s media reporter, Paul Farhi, my temperature began to rise. It described how Reuven Fenton, alleged reporter for the notorious tabloid, New York Post, deceived a woman to get information for a meaningless … Continue reading

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Literary late bloomers: better late.., Part 2

Normally, I skip the obits, but every now and then the story of a life catches my eye, stirs my feelings. Sometimes, I will read the story of a stranger’s life, and I feel a certain kinship because I recognize … Continue reading

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Literary late bloomers: a club I’d like to join, Part 1 — My shallow youth

I had never been accused of being a prodigy-of-letters, blazing across the literary firmament, my brilliant prose eliciting gasps of wonder and awe from critics and the public at large. Mmmmmno.. There were days back in my shallow youth, though, … Continue reading

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