“From one End of this Continent to the other”

Happy U.S. Independence . . . weekend! Future U.S. president John Adams, who had persuaded the younger and largely unknown Virginian Thomas Jefferson to draft the independence declaration because – among other reasons – Jefferson had a knack with a quill, had foreseen almost exactly what independence day would develop into as a national holiday: […]

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Weekend “Revelations”

It’s rare that we have a chance to hear what a stranger, viewing us from a distance, thinks we are. I found out one’s assumption. Over the weekend, one man in London told me. Leaving Mass, I shook hands with the priest, which is customary as a priest usually waits at the church door while […]

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Deadline Day

As you can see, today is March 31. As you may also see, Conventions is not out today. However, I knew a few weeks ago that the deadline was going to have to give – by a few days or weeks. I had set “March 31” as publication day in my head sometime late last […]

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Around The Canarian Pool

Returned from our tiring, dusty Tenerife cliff walk on Thursday, we’d decided a plunge in the apartment complex pool was called for. And it was perfect. Indeed, just what we needed. After, refreshed, we’d taken a few moments drying off poolside. A short while later, we started the stroll back up to the apartment. We […]

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When You Write Of Family [UPDATED]

The idea for this hit me last night [October 7]. It’s a tiny personal tribute to my (now late) mother’s cousin, who died unexpectedly on Sunday evening in Albany. She isn’t fictionalized in my novels; but “Doreen” is inspired by and combines a variety of relations, and that cousin was one of them. So if […]

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E-Books Are Here To Stay

Have you read any good books lately (besides any of mine)? πŸ˜‰ If so, on which “platform?” E-book or paperback? Thus tweets the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Some replying have questioned it, pointing out for instance that it is just one year, and also that many e-books are “overpriced” by large […]

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And Enjoy The Read

Good morning (again) from upstate New York’s chilly (24F/ -4C overnight) Catskills: Days from publication, I was re-reading parts of Distances in paperback last night. (I’m not entirely sure why: I’m not changing anything at this point!) As I’ve said before, I do find there is some intangible difference between following a novel on paper […]

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