Ahmed Baba, Meet Stephen King

     |    Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Someday, if all goes well, I’ll publish another book. My agent, in fact, is out there selling it as I type — or I hope he is. And, if all goes well, there’ll be more after that. It’s what I do: I’m a writer, and there’s nothing a writer likes more than writing a book. 

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Timbuktu: Let It BurnTimbuktu: Let It Burn

     |    Wednesday January 30th, 2013

I never thought that the point I was making last week about the value of physical books would wind up in the headlines, but as French and Malian troops drive the near-psychotic foreign jihadists out of northern Mali, that’s just what has happened. The latest word from Timbuktu (one way to spell it) indicates that 

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In The Hand

     |    Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

I just finished reading a wonderful book, The One, by R.J. Smith, whom I’ve known since he was a young whippersnapper in New York writing for the Village Voice. Although there’s a Kindle edition, and, presumably, other e-book editions, and although the pictures in the book are hardly crucial, so it makes sense to buy 

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It’s A Vegetable

     |    Wednesday August 29th, 2012

What a guy! That’s St. Jerome, an almost certainly fictional saint, as rendered by Albrecht Dürer in 1492. Here’s Jerry, busy learning stuff in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, and he’s still got time to help out a kitty-kat. Or lion, actually. The lion’s usually depicted hanging out under Jerome’s desk, and there are times I’ve 

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Listening to Books (While Watching and Sharing Them)

     |    Wednesday June 27th, 2012

As I may have mentioned, I’m in the process of writing a great big book proposal for what, I guess, will be a great big book. Without giving too much away, there are aspects of this book which lend themselves to the kind of augmentation that electronic devices make possible, not only as an ebook, 

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