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When I first heard the joke ,years ago, I thought the subtext was something about American ingenuity, and the good natured P.T. Barnum con-men who gave America its lively carnival atmosphere – greed tempered with mischief and a devilish wink of the eye.
Now I know… Read full post »
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (with illustrations by Jules Feiffer). In honor of that milestone, Random House has put out a new edition, complete with essays by various notable fans on what the book meant to them,… Read full post »
The X-Factor is over-directed, over-produced, over-hyped and hyperactive. It's loud and garish and jittery. Its ADD jump-cutting is designed for a zero attention span twelve year old. It has everything going against it, even its ostentatious $5,000,000 prize and it's ugly,… Read full post »
This happened a while ago, back in the days of answering machines with tape cassettes. I made the call and taped it, and got Bob’s permission to type it up. He didn’t care. That was typical of him. I never did anything with those pages, though.… Read full post »
Harlan Mallory had always hated hospitals. Ruth called them “Germ convention centers” and insisted on giving birth to Robert at home. “I would no more have a child in a hospital because there was a chance that something might go… Read full post »
It was getting dark by the time we reached the West Village. We cut down east from Abington Square Park and wound up on Hudson Street in front of the White Horse. They still had tables set on the sidewalk. We grabbed one and ordered a… Read full post »
I heard the news about Oliver Graeme at three in the morning on the sidewalk outside the fifth precinct in Manhattan, twelve hours after Susan Jelleme told me night court was out of the question.
“What’s/… Read full post »
The gardeners are back today.
Collectively, working at different times at all the houses in the wealthy neighborhood where I rent a small house, the noise level they create renders this particular patch of luxury real estate almost uninhabitable throughout the s… Read full post »
My Mom & her Mom, circa 1925
My Mother called me from inside her dream last night.
It wasn’t a psychic experience; she used her cell phone.
My own phone started ringing in the middle of the night. I lurched out of bed,… Read full post »
If things get bad enough, they can turn out pretty well.
That’s the lesson my friend Dave learned recently. A year ago he was in deep trouble, struggling to pay a three thousand dollar a month mortgage, one late payment away from foreclosure, his interest rate steadily… Read full post »
The film version of Thor was a smash hit a few weeks ago, the Captain America movie looks to surpass it at the box office this weekend, on the heels of The two Fantastic Four films, two more featuring the Incredible Hulk, and an entire franchise built around… Read full post »
The final episode of Friday Night Lights airs tonight, ending a scrappy five season run. It took the DirecTV satellite network co-financing the show to keep it on the air, in a unique deal that allowed them to air Friday Night Lights before NBC. So for Sa/… Read full post »
This post originally appeared in the internet literary journal Numero Cinq
It was July, 1971 and Manhattan was molten in the summer heat. The air wavered over the softening asphalt and walking the furnace streets I felt like I’d been dipped… Read full post »
Back at the house, Julia turned to him as he came in. “You have the oddest book collection I’ve ever seen.”
“But I’ve read them all. That’s the difference.”
“You have Proust -- &rdq… Read full post »
Harlan Mallory stood at the podium, upstairs in the great Hall at the Nantucket Atheneum, talking about his Viet Nam paintings and wondering how he had won this dreary trifeca of social obligations: visitors down from the city, an evening spent with the relentless Julia Copenhaver, an… Read full post »
I just feel like a total failure, okay?
I had so much potential, that’s what everyone was saying, how much potential I had. I envy old people, no tells them about their potential, they don’t have to disappoint anyone. I started out… Read full post »
It’s a common story: lovely small town or coastal community (Nantucket is both), languishes for years as the slightly seedy refuge for old money and new hippies, until the new rich people discover it, and start turning it into a warped version of their own gated communities… Read full post »
I had a lively a post-mortem conversation about Game of Thrones, the recently concluded HBO mini-series, over dinner with my friend Neil last night. Afterward I thought about a meeting I took at a Hollywood studio many years ago. They were looking for someone to adap… Read full post »
So Peter Falk died last week, and someone posted the 41-year old video of his appearance on the Dick Cavett Show with John Cassavetes and Ben Gazzara. It was exhilarating to watch, but also sad and profoundly disturbing -- a time-capsule message from another era, or p… Read full post »
The Informant, Thomas Perry’s nineteenth novel, was published last week. It’s an appropriate occasion to step back and take a look at this extraordinary, underrated author’s body of work. His first novel, The Butcher… Read full post »
A small mercenary army of writing instructors have been making a good living for decades now, dispensing advice to hopeful neophytes, creating systems and structures, plans and pie charts, creating a step-by-step creativity that reduces a novel or screenplay to… Read full post »
The Republicans have all the good catch phrases.
But one of the most revealing aspects of our new political "discourse" is that they have moved so far to the right that Democrats can now use their old catch-phrases against them. It was George H.W. Bush who coined… Read full post »
I closed my mother's diary. The train was pulling into the Fourteenth Street station, six stops beyond the one I wanted. I jumped up, stuffing the notebook back into my pocket, shoved my way to the door and out onto the platform. I pulled out my cell to… Read full post »
It’s the big Tuesday afternoon acquisitions meeting, and the whole editorial department, editors and junior editors, have gathered around the big conference table to try and convince the Sales and Publicity department to buy Turns in the Wauwinet Road, a new novel by Desmond Harris, w… Read full post »
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