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Why I'm Not Giving In To "Surrender, New York"

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

It's been a long time since I read The Alienist, which I found absorbing and beautifully written, so I was intrigued to see a review of his latest boo...

Kevin Lucas: Born to Drum

Battersby Duo | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

Although piano was his 1st instrument at the age of 7, Kevin Lucas became a nationally renowned percussionist and marimba virtuoso as a young man. The spine of this story however, is that Kevin Lucas, a marimba and World Drum Specialist, was Born to Drum.

Why Aren't Spas on TripAdvisor?

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Linda Harding-Bond

If TripAdvisor had a spa category, it would allow the public to zoom in on which spas provide the type of service they need. Specialists could be identified for resolving targeted beauty issues for fast growing market segments including ethnic women and men.

The Face of the Other

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

I only wish some reviewers could take the time to hone their abilities to listen to the other and the unfamiliar. If Levinas and Aristotle were required reading for critics and reviewers, then we might have more humanity in the writing that follows the great catharsis of the theater.

The Bad Review (Of My Own Book) That Made Me Laugh

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.10.2014 | Home
Lev Raphael

This nimrod didn't compare my adult thriller to any other book in my Nick Hoffman mystery series, but wholly inappropriately compared it to a children's self-help book. And reached a conclusion 100% at odds with what actually happens in the novel and what it means.

Reviewers Should Do Their Homework

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.22.2013 | TV
Lev Raphael

PBS offered a new film take on the book, not a remake of Hitchcock. I'm glad they did. For all its faults, the PBS version of The Lady Vanishes captures much more of the spirit of the novel it's based on.

Does Being Famous Mean You Don't Have to Write Well?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.24.2013 | Home
Lev Raphael

The Intercept reads like a first draft, or as if nobody bothered to edit it carefully, because, well, he's Dick Wolf.

The E-Books Are Coming! Run for Your Lives!

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.13.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

Many reviewers have been complaining for a while about the democratization of publishing and the "flood" of e-books. How are you supposed to weed out the crap?

Don't Be Held Hostage By Reviewers

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

Wannabe authors imagine that once they get published, life will be glorious. That's because they haven't thought much about bad reviews. Every author gets them, and sometimes they're crushing.

7 Best Small Press Books of the Decade

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

Independent presses have been putting out books every bit as good as those published by New York's major houses. They typically don't get the same media attention or space in bookstores, so here are some of the best small press books of the decade.

Unlisted -- But OK

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nigel Hamilton

Just because you got some wonderful TV coverage doesn't get you on the list of "Reviewers' favorites from 2010."