Category Archives: Authors and Books

Greater existential issues related to particular authors or books.

Warning For Writers of the Future

Dear writer of the past, It is now tomorrow, and you are no longer necessary. Thank you for all your contributions to humanity. You did a great job. But it’s time to move on and find something else to do. … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to The Huffington Post

The difference between Entertainment and Life & Style Our ancient, pre-literate ancestors fought an uphill battle. There was sickness, cold, predators, hunger, and a lot of pain and death. And that was all before 9am. Imagine early Homo Sapiens huddled … Continue reading

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Will All the Real Writers Please Stand Up

There was an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in the early 1960s where a man is sentenced to death for the crime of curating books. In other words, he was a librarian. The episode was called ‘The Obsolete Man’. Apparently, … Continue reading

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Stephen King, Can You E-Mail Me Your Autograph?

For devoted bibliophiles, no moment is greater than when you get to meet your favorite author. I have stood in line for hours, clinching a paperback in my sweaty hands, thinking of a cool thing to say when I get … Continue reading

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Three Cups of Sham. The Twitter Syndrome?

Greg Mortenson’s book “Three Cups of Tea” has recently come under fire for distorting facts. The supposed memoir is about Mortenson’s journey through Afghanistan, from near death, being nursed back to life by villagers, his alleged kidnapping by the Taliban, … Continue reading

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The Writers of Tomorrow: Algorithms

David Foster Wallace, the brilliant professor and author, killed himself in 2008 after a lifelong battle with depression. Time Magazine included Wallace’s book “Infinite Jest” on a list of the 100 greatest novels. It was an imagined vision of a … Continue reading

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Ernest Hemingway, Elephants, and E-Commerce

Ernest Hemingway is considered one of the greatest modern writers of the Twentieth Century. His prose has been accused of creating a whole new way to write novels, or a whole new way to ruin them. Either way, Papa Ernie … Continue reading

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