Monthly Archives: June 2013

These books are made for reading…but not in English.

I recieved a few copies of Earthling! in Czech. They are beautiful books. They did an excellent job on the production. Love the built in bookmark and spot varnish cover. And there’s plenty of accent marks everywhere. And I promise … Continue reading

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I’m wrong. I made a mistake.

“I’m wrong. I made a mistake.” Those are powerful words. One of the most meaningful admissions a human can utter. And yet in politics, business, art and in personal lives no one wants to say them. And culturally we seem … Continue reading

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Green Beans in Minneapolis

A nice review of How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It’s great to see David LaRochelle’s book continue to get attention! And they mention some other great books too. But it really is … Continue reading

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Is Pixar’s best behind it? I hope not.

To be fair, I haven’t seen the new Monster’s Inc. film, so maybe I’ll love it. But my gut tells me something isn’t the same anymore. Here’s an interesting article by Steven Zeitchik from the LA Times about the possible … Continue reading

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What?! I have to write this thing again?

I was talking to a writer friend who is working on a manuscript. She’s in that part of the writing process called rewriting. You know, the part where we spend most of our time. At least I do. I stare … Continue reading

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Yeah I’m old and recently I was talking with some fellow old writer/artist/ne’er-do-well friends about when we grew up in: THE TIME BEFORE KIDS’ LIT. (cue intense theme music and the chilling screams of pterodactyls) What were the first novels I … Continue reading

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Would you like some allergy pills with that?

I was asked recently what I fear most. I’d have to say  being dropped in the middle of Oregon this time of year with no allergy medicine. A death of a thousand sneezes. Or drowning in snot. Yeah, I know. Ugly … Continue reading

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