Samples Do Tell A Story

Samples Do Tell A Story

An Amazon search for the author quickly turned up the book. In more detail, I saw it is set starting in "1786" and features a well-to-do family in rural England. Immediately I thought I had to check this out.

Those American Tourists

Those American Tourists

Now, on to Buzzfeed's "report" detailing certain Redditers' observations on American tourists...

Looking Back

Looking Back

No posts here for a few days, I know. So what have I been up to?

Recalling Old “Friends”

Recalling Old “Friends”

Don't think we did not joke about this back then ourselves: Living as I did then in a New York City suburb, I recall my "friends" and I even then laughing about the absurd size of the characters' Manhattan apartments...

Story Leaves Out Austen

Story Leaves Out Austen

Marshall really liked Jane Austen's books...

Not “They/Them”

Not “They/Them”

We (meaning all of us) simply need a new word for those who in the third-person singular assert to be neither "he" nor "she."

A Facade Of The Past

A Facade Of The Past

That is - to me - the sort of writing that makes for historical romantic fiction. The fictional characters must inhabit recognizable history, and in doing so help us to better understand the history... while we are being entertained and without feeling like we are in school.

The Dinner Date: Does The Man Still Pay?

The Dinner Date: Does The Man Still Pay?

I cannot get over how evidently "challenged" by her opinions numbers of the male commenters are. Is what she is saying ACTUALLY that much of a SHOCKER?

How To Make Friends

How To Make Friends

There seems to be a misunderstanding among younger people about the nature of friendship and how friendships arise.

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

Publishers: Between A Rock And Another Rock

We need to bear in mind that even lying ugly treatises teach us something. If we are to try to understand those who think such ways, we need to read what they write.

Horses, Sails, And Walking

Horses, Sails, And Walking

I threw together that draft map of some locations that will be in the coming book thinking a version of the map may appear in that book - the first time I will have published such an "aid."

Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns, Guns, Guns

George Floyd was not shot by police, yet he was killed as he was largely because of how US policing has mis-developed...

The Personal

The Personal

I state that not because I care about what one Instagrammer and some social media commenters think. I say it because I would never insult readers by trying to write about anything or anyone I don't feel I know enough about.

“100 Years” Minimum

“100 Years” Minimum

Here are six "classics" I have read that are also among my favorite books - I can read them over and over.

At The Casino

At The Casino

It took me only a few days to read all of "Bond." Part of the reason it was such a quick read, I suppose, is because clearly it is meant to be a quick read...