The best written novella ever?

Norman Mailer is quoted as saying that he wouldn't change two words of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I won't even attempt to try to review it except to say that it's the best short thing I've read in a long, long time. I was surprised at how dark the story is compared to the [...]

A dreary end for old men

Now here's a sad description of the end. From The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, Chapter 2: First line of the chapter: My father was slowly fading, wilting before our eyes. And the last lines from the same chapter: What still remained of him - the small shroud of his body and the handful [...]

Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?

First, an apology Sometimes, I think I should apologize to my friends and readers. Blogging wisdom tells authors to select a topic, write about it widely and deeply, and provide usable and shareable content for readers. And don't forget the SEO! Besides the brute fact that I hate the very concept of content there are [...]

Good Gawd – read this book!

Book Review, The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey Good gawd. What a glorious book. The story begins bleak and droning with bright cold punctuated by the briefest of flashes of pure joy. Mabel and Jack live lives of dark loss after Mabel births a stillborn child. They move from home in Pennsylvania to a homestead in [...]