Let's do it for the Forty Six Million
Do it for the forty six million. You may have health care, you may have very good health care and you don't want anyone fooling with it. I get it. So why be in favor of health care reform? Do it for t...
A Beer with the President
Alright. First of all I want to thank everyone for coming...Professor Gates, Sergent Crowley. I think having a beer in the Rose Garden is very appropriate and I thank both of you for joining me. Profe...
Guilty Until Proven Innocent--Our Police State
Innocent until proven guilty is the way the system was set up. It was a direct reaction against the British who assumed the colonials were all guilty of something; sedition, treason, bad judgement in...
Amnesty for the Middle Class--Whats Good for the Goose....
We need amnesty for the middle class. We are going through the closest thing we have to the Great Depression and it has torched middle class credit. Forget the millions who have lost their homes or th...
Finding a Story--The Cop on the Roof
Sometimes a story just falls in your lap. I was sitting at my desk in my one room hole above a Thai restaurant with my window open to the curry and airy traffic and my neighbors not ten feet away in t...
Topics: writers, literary. literature, publishers, literary, short stories, hazelgrove, rocketman, biking and writing, authors, publishing, banned books
Maybe this is as good as it gets
As a writer you are used to hard times. You do not question those hard times and think well easy times are on the way. You just accept the hard times as the way things are and deal accordingly. This a...
Topics: great recession, novelists, hazelgrove, rocketman, authors, biking and writing, novels, economy, writers, depression, jobs, banned books
The Atlantic Review of Freedom
Well somebody had to do it. The review in the Atlantic burns Mr. Franzen to the ground and calls him a bad writer, basically a blogger, and skewers the book as trivial. The basic argument is that ther...
Topics: writers, franzen, literary, hazelgrove, contemporary fiction, rocketman, hemingway, atlantic, authors, banned books
Is our Literary American Dream Dead?
Maybe the President should stop the town hall meetings. It looked pretty bad when the African American woman said she was about to start eating hot dogs and beans. The President smiled, looked really ...
Topics: writers, gatsby, horatio alger, american dream, Obama, rocketman, biking and writing, publishing, literature, banned books
The 9/11 Essays in the Attic
Right after 9/11 I was gripped like everyone else and felt I had to do something. So I came up with the idea of getting responses on the tragedy from other authors. I contacted authors I knew and auth...
Dirty Sexy Books
Meghan McCain is making all the stops with her celeb book Dirty Sexy Politics. You can almost see John McCain's daughter sitting in a room with the publisher trying to figure out a title for a book ab...
Topics: hazelgrove, rocketman, McCain, authors, biking and writing, reading, celebrity books, writers, meghan mccain, dirty sexy politics, literature, publishing, banned books
Writers Never Retire
Retirement. Where does that come from? Some sort of hangover from the World War II generation. Certainly the people who grew up in the last Great Depression never thought about retirement. Something c...
Topics: hazelgrove, novelist, rocketman, authors, biking and writing, writer, aarp, writers, retirement, literary, publishing, banned books
Fiction and Politics
I was reading Frank Rich's editorial on Obama's speech on the end of the war in Iraq when he made an interesting connection. He basically said that Obama did not read Franzen's new novel because there...
Topics: franzen, hazelgrove, rocketman, biking and writing, total war, writers, literary, iraq, literature, publishing, banned books, freedom
The Problem with the Kindle
So I have always taken the view that if anyone wants to read my novel on a screen that is fine. But then as I was reading from that dinosaur of pulp and ink...the book....it hit me. Reading fiction fr...
Topics: writers, literary, digitize, hazelgrove, rocketman, kindle, books, ereaders, biking and writing, publishing, literature
Mark Twain and blogging
The first thing you realized when you read Mark Twain's biography is there is nothing new under the sun. He wrote satire and lampooned politicians and just about anybody else. And he was attacked for ...
Topics: writers, literary, hazelgrove, rocketman, books, blogging, biking and writing, publishing, twain