Marion's Open Salon Blog

Marion Stein

Marion Stein
New York, New York
January 01
I no longer get this place. Time was, your post came up, and people had a chance to see it. Now, no one is going to unless you tell them to or something. This is depressing. I still post here from time to time, but the best place to see my stuff is over at my REAL blog, Drop by sometime. A lot to see there. Comments welcome. Come on over and say hello.

DECEMBER 1, 2011 2:48PM


"I object, your honor! This trial is a travesty. It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham." -- Fielding Melish, Bananas

In an age when the "self" may have infinite online iterations and an… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2011 9:44PM

My Christmas List

Amazon has recently come out with a whole bunch of new products, including a low cost tablet that sells for about third of what an I-Pad costs, and allows you to watch those premium cable shows you download for a buck from Amazon.  With bookstores closing,  free shipping on orders over… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 11:19AM

Help NOT Wanted

It was 2001, and I’d been away from New York too long, it was time to come home. 

I’d heard about the teacher the shortage and had seen the Board of Ed’s commercials making teaching sound like it required great courage and a sense of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 1:05AM

I Used to Live Here Once

OCTOBER 18, 2011 12:55PM

Sequel and Sensibility

PD James at 91 is about to publish her novel, Death Comes to Pemberly, a mystery-murder sequel to Pride and Prejudice.  No need to worry — Wickham, seducer of teenagers and the rake you love to hate, is the one who gets it.

James has stated she always wanted to do… Read full post »

I was having a discussion with my better half about Spalding Gray, the late great storyteller/performance artist. There was a story about him in this week’s New York Times Magazine even though he died in

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OCTOBER 1, 2011 5:50PM

Whose Dog Life Is It Anyway?

maizie1 2Following my mother's stroke, she sometimes knew she was in a hospital in Albany.  Other times she thought she was in a library in Queens.  However, when asked by the Bollywood-handsome resident whether or not she wanted the feeding tube, she replied quite coherently, "Not if it'…

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 "It’s like a live action metaphor. The head of the IMF trying to **** an African. It’s like he’s posing for his own editorial cartoon”

— May 16, 2011, The Daily Show with… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2011 3:28PM

Self Published at the Book Club

The New York Times Magazine has a story, which is only slightly condescending, about Amanda Hocking, the twenty-something self-publishing phenom whose paranormal romance/fantasies have earned her over $2 million.  Ms. Hocking recently signed a seven-figure deal with St. Martin’s/…

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Many people are mystified that a smart man like Anthony Weiner, who did his job well, and seemed to have everything, could blow it so spectacularly.  But what he did had nothing to do with intelligence, or even with lust in its usual form. (One-handed surfing could have… Read full post »

Yes, bookstores are disappearing.  But I am shocked to find myself asking, “Does it matter?”

You had to feel just a touch of schadenfreude when the Barnes &Noble branches started to close.  Barnes & Noble in my youth was a store on lower Fifth Avenue.  It billed i… Read full post »

Woe onto us.  The earth was not destroyed, and despite some backtracking on the part of Mr. Camping, judgment does not appear to be upon us.

Yet, verily I say unto you that the entrepreneurial spirit is upon me and I am CALLED to start a new Church. … Read full post »

God might not be calling his elect up today, but something truly extraordinary is taking place.  The gray lady herself, the esteemed New York Times, has an essay in the BOOK REVIEW section extolling self-publishing.

Neal Pollack who describes himself as “midlist, midcareer” finds t… Read full post »

Honestly, some people would say that as a “political wife” Maria Shriver, even if she didn’t know the details of her husband’s fathering a child with the help, still knew  she was married to an out of control narcissist with a woman problem.

Still, it wasn’t just… Read full post »

I may be losing my mind.  Or it may hormonal (I’ve been going through “the change” for about three years now).  It could also just be a normal part of aging about which I didn’t receive adequate warning.

I’m talking about “time.”  Time change… Read full post »

Back when I was a teacher at the Lower Manhattan Outreach Center, an alternative program for dropouts and near dropouts that existed for years until it was “reformed” out of business — we had to experience “Principal for a Day.”  Our guest principal was some Wall… Read full post »

Think back to the 2008 presidential campaigns.  Between the candidates and their running mates, there were four compelling and uniquely American narratives to capture the public’s imagination:

  • John McCain, who as a callow young soldier learned the true meaning of courage during his impr
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APRIL 17, 2011 1:27PM


A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.”    — Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA

I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with meat.

Where I’m at now is a belief that if one is not a vegan, one can at least be conscious of what meat is, not celebrate… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 10:25PM

Dora Stein, 1921-2011

Dora Stein could be described in many ways — a devoted wife to Jack for almost sixty years.  A mother of three.  A proud grandmother.   A “career woman.”  A teacher.  A volunteer.  But mostly, and

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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 24, 2011 2:44PM

Live Blogging -- My Mother's Death Bed, Part II

13:15, 24 March 2011 — My mother’s body continues to shrink and contract into itself.  Her breathing is shallower than it was.  I think she’s fighting less.  The gurgling sound is still there, though less

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It's been many hours since she last spoke, but her breathing is steady, loud and labored.  My sister and are sitting in a shit-smelly room in the Albany Medical Center, 5th floor, neurology unit.  My sister is reading her kindle by the light of the patient's bathroom.  I… Read full post »

I’d gotten back from Spain and was really fascinated by this one whacky thing I’d discovered.  You know what they call beans in Spain?  It ain’t habichuelas.  It’s not frijoles either.

It’s judías:  Jewish females! No shit. Green beans are juRead full post »

MARCH 16, 2011 1:37PM

On Fiction Writing Rules

The conversation was about the “rules.” Mr. McGrumpypants insisted that he knew what agents and editors wanted, despite having never actually landed an agent, and having only been “edited” by a very, very small press publisher who went out of business shortly thereafter, a… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2011 8:50AM

To Serve Writers

I was over snooping around some aspiring writers' site and it hit me.  People pay big bucks to get opinions on their work.  Back in my Authonomy days, I heard of writers spending hundreds of dollars for "critiques"/

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I put my novella, The  Death Trip up on Smashwords for free in November 2009 as my self-publishing “beta.”  I put it up separately on Kindle for 99 cents.  Since this was an experiment and I was simply hoping to attract readers, not make/…

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