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...