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My Technology Is Smart, But Am I?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:50 PM

My friend called me last week and said that she was at an editor's lunch in New York City. When her colleague left the table for the restroom, my friend immediately reached for her smartphone to check texts, email, and her Twitter feed. Then she stopped herself. She put her...

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A Simple Request For College Football + Top-5 & Human Highlight Reels

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:12 PM

After Alabama absolutely dismantled an eighth-ranked Michigan team that many people thought could compete, after USC led 35-0 at halftime, after Oregon led 50-3 halfway through the second quarter, after LSU ran for 316 yards against North Texas, and West Virginia backed up its Orange Bowl performance by dropping 69...

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Reading Great Writers' Worst Books

(19) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Because I have a lot to learn as a writer, each year I choose one author and spend all summer carefully reading eight to ten books by him or her. In the past, I've studied Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner.

The last two summers,...

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Knickknack Vacations -- Please Don't Buy The Souvenirs

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 12:24 AM

I've camped more than 100 nights in Yosemite National Park with my wife and daughters. We've jumped off of the El Cap bridge together. Rafted and fished in the Merced River. Bouldered in Camp Curry.

When I picture Yosemite, I think of the mother brown bear and her two cubs...

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The Art of the Hand-Sell, Part I

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 2:15 PM

What does the new publishing model look like? Who sells what, and to whom? And if Borders is gone, is Barnes & Noble the biggest player? Or is Amazon? Will there be another big chain in the future, and will that chain's numbers be built upon the sales of its...

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Sorry, Kobe -- I'm Good at Math

(27) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 9:43 AM

I spent all of Wednesday thinking about this. People around me were making a big (and I mean big) deal out of Kobe scoring 43 points against the Nuggets. They said things like this:

"I can't believe that the Lakers still lost!" and "The other Lakers guards...

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College Football: D-Lineman, Quarterbacks, Plus a Non Sequitur?

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:49 PM

I'm biased. So get ready. I was an athlete at the University of Oregon. But I'll admit my bias and even point it out when it shows through. For example, the Oregon Ducks are playing the best college football in the country right now (biased) and LaMichael James is better...

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The Wicked Art of Memoir Making

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 12:32 PM

One of my co-workers hates my book. She's made that clear. She dislikes it so much that she whispers derisive comments about it behind my back. She complains about being obligated to attend my readings, but then never shows up. It's not just a personal thing with me though,...

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A Writer's Agenda -- The Pitfalls of the "Point"

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 3:03 PM

My friend sent me an interview of Harry Crews, the 76-year-old Rough South novelist, essayist, and playwright. It's brilliant. Sure, Crews is wearing old, loose sweatpants as he slow-smokes a cigarette. And yes, he has evil eyes, slurps something out of a plastic mug, and stares at the...

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Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Writers

(9) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 6:17 PM

I just finished Andrew Tilin's "The Doper Next Door" (Counterpoint, 2011). It's a good book -- timely, engaging, honest and well-researched. I've told people about it because it raises excellent ethical questions about hormone replacement, supplementation, anti-aging and drug abuse.

In his book, Tilin searches for a "doper...

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Numbers In Literary Publishing: You Have One Sentence

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 4:02 PM

61 rejections in a row. That's my record. Like DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Or, to be more precise, the exact opposite of DiMaggio's hitting streak. Hitless. More like the old man's 84-day fishless streak to open Hemingway's novella.

61 rejections in a row. Rejections of stories, poems, and a...

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