Category Archives: fiction

OK, you’re in love, but can you sell my novel?


An editor friend just called to apologize, he hasn’t had time to read my new manuscript because he’s having his roof replaced and can’t hear himself think. I said hey, no hurry, it will still be there when you find … Continue reading

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‘Disinvited’ Eagles weren’t going anyway


Swamp Rabbit was getting on my case for not being a football fan. I’m a fan of the players,” I said. “It’s the NFL I hate — the overpaid commissioner and the spoiled rotten billionaires who own the teams. I … Continue reading

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Philip Roth’s many phases


Time flies faster as you grow older. One day you wake up and read Tom Wolfe is dead. Blink a few times and there goes Philip Roth, too. I was drawn to Roth’s fiction indirectly, around the time he was … Continue reading

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Tom Wolfe’s works will live on! Really!!!


After hearing Tom Wolfe had died, I thought of that scene in The Bonfire of the Vanities where master of the universe Sherman McCoy, under arrest, is paraded past reporters with Styrofoam peanuts clinging to his expensive suit. …They were … Continue reading

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A fictionalized Trump? Too cliche


The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in … Continue reading

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I do not recall, y’all


My hard drive died last week, just like that, as if my laptop had had a heart attack. It’s the ideal way to go if you’re old — boom, lights out, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Except that the … Continue reading

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Cynical coda of ‘Mad Men’ finale: Coke is the real thing


An acquaintance of mine posted this question on Facebook last week: “Does anybody else find Mad Men‘s writing to be vapid, direction glacial, acting somnambulatory, and the cultural references boring?” I asked my friend Swamp Rabbit if he’d like to respond, … Continue reading

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