Jose Saramago Dead at 87

Jose Saramago came into my life at a time after college when I thought all new discoveries in literature were over. I thought that I would no longer see new

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Finished the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey Maturin Series

For those that don’t know Patrick O’Brian’s works, and who may not have read my other posts on Aubrey/Maturin, I will quickly summarize. Patrick O’Brian over the course of several

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Spook Country Review, second watered tea

Out of all of William Gibson’s Novels, “Spook Country”:http://www.amazon.com/Spook-Country-William-Gibson/dp/0399154302/ref=pd_sim_b_shvl_title_1/102-4362146-7999342 is the least evocative. A lot of Gibson’s now all too common critics read and loved Neuromancer for its impenetrable descriptions

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National Novel Writer’s Month-November, Are You Fit Enough?

Just like running a marathon, writing a novel takes discipline. I can speak from experience on both. I do both in a mediocre fashion. The question is, are you fit

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Born into this

I watched “Born into this”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342150/ last night. It is a documentary about the late poet Henry Charles Bukowski Jr. I sometimes forget how much I really loved this guy. There

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The ode to John Grady Cole

I used to think that every word out of my mouth was funny, wise, or whimsically beautiful. I used to feel impervious to criticism. Participating in writer’s groups and workshops

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Blood of the Father

Last post got me to thinking about the defining moments in any young man’s life. I am blessed in my own way to know what that moment was in my

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The thinning of the blood

In the icelandic sagas, the characters have particular concern for the thinning of the blood from their fathers. Sons tried to measure up to fathers. And it was considered very

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The Inner Jack Aubrey

I’ve been reading the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey/Maturin series, of the _Master and Commander Far Side of the World_ movie fame. I can truthfully say I like the movie. Though the

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