Category Archives: On Writing

IN PRAISE OF JIM SHEPARD’S “THE BOOK OF ARON”

(A number of people have asked about the review I did a couple of months ago of Jim Shepard’s novel The Book of Aron.  So for those of you who missed it the first time, here it is again.) I … Continue reading

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A Thank You and a Promise

A heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in the free-ebook promotion of my novel, Problems of Translation, this past July 2-4!  Many thanks to those who shared the information about the promotion, and of course, to those who downloaded … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF JIM SHEPARD’S “THE BOOK OF ARON”

I imagine I am interviewing Jim Shepard. “Jim,” I say. “Yes, Jim?” he says. “Choosing a kid to tell the story. Choosing that kid to tell the story. Such a brave and brilliant choice! A boy so unremarkable that he … Continue reading

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PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION AT BOOK EXPO AMERICA

Big day at the Javits Center yesterday, as the latest Book Expo America kicked off, and Problems of Translation, my new novel, magically appeared on the shelves of the New Titles Showcase. An image of the cover also winked out … Continue reading

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“A SENSE OF HUMOR IS JUST COMMON SENSE, DANCING”

Got a really nice write-up in the OSARC newsletter the other day about my book, Problems of Translation. What, you inquire, is OSARC? I thought you’d never ask! My various writer’s bios (tailoring them to fit the occasion) might or might not … Continue reading

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“PROBLEMS” TRANSLATES INTO A LOT OF FUN

At last! My novel, Problems of Translation, or Charlie’s Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness, has finally become available as a paperback on Amazon! (E-book shortly.) Check it out! For those of you who’ve never … Continue reading

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HEY! MY NOVEL CALLED ‘COMIC MASTERPIECE’ EVEN AS IT AIMS FOR EARLY 2015 RELEASE!

I find myself actually trying to dampen the exhilaration I feel, but really, I’m walking on air from all the pre-publication comments my comic novel, Problems of Translation, due out early this year, is getting. I keep having to pinch … Continue reading

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LITERARY TASTE AND A MAD, MAD WEATHER

A few days ago I wrote the following lines: “So where would I move? Ames asks himself as the first cold snap in New York City bares its teeth in the middle of November, 21 degrees with the wind chill. … Continue reading

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HISTORY IS BUNK? NO, BUT IT MAY BE BI-POLAR. SAY WHAT?

While researching a story whose plot points I’ll keep to myself at this moment, I was gob-smacked by the following notion:  the nature of history is bipolar. You may of course object:  Let’s be rational about this; what you’re suggesting … Continue reading

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NOT HARD TO READ, THOUGH SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR THE HEART TO BEAR

I’m writing about two books in this post.  Two  l – o –o – n – n – g   novels:  The Son by Phillip Meyer (841 pages) and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (775 pages). They’re both pretty amazing.  Tons … Continue reading

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