A Hemingway Documentary & a Pilgrimage to “Papa’s” Key West Abode

PBS is currently running a new three-part documentary about Ernest Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick which explores the famous author’s own image-making. In the documentary, we see Hemingway as a “man’s man–” a battle-hardened war veteran, a big game hunter, a deep-sea fisherman, a brawler, a boozer, a … Read more…

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Some Facts About Books, Publishing and Technology You Didn’t Know

I have updated this previously posted story to include the latest numbers and facts about books and the publishing industry. For those who may have missed it the first time around, I hope you enjoy it. For those seeing it for the first time, I hope you will find it … Read more…

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Post Election Therapy: Read a Good Book. Here are the 100 Greatest Books of All Time

Okay, the election is over. Well, maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. And maybe you are happy with the outcome, or maybe you are not. In any case, it can’t hurt to take your mind off it. One way to do that is to pick up a good book and … Read more…

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Did You Miss Banned Books Week?

Like a lot of people, I wasn’t aware that there was a week devoted to banned books. There is. It runs between September 27 and October 1, which means you, like me, probably missed it. Not to worry. Below I have compiled a list of the most commonly banned books … Read more…

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Anne Keegan: An Original Lost to the Ages

The other day I was thinking about some of the most interesting people I met and worked with during a 27-year-career as a reporter and foreign correspondent with the Chicago Tribune. One of the first names that popped into my head was Anne Keegan, a one-of-a-kind reporter, and columnist for … Read more…

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Flashman–Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great foreign correspondent

Today I am re-posting a column that appeared a while back in The Economist. Written by an unnamed foreign correspondent, it takes a sardonic and self-effacing view of foreign correspondents by suggesting that Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great journalist. As with all satire, there may be … Read more…

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The Properly Equipped War Correspondent, ca. 1905

Having recently finished the third book in my Finding Billy Battles trilogy, which begins in 1914, I find myself still deeply immersed in the lifestyle and routine of that period. Because my central character, William Battles, is (among other things) a journalist who spends time covering (and participating in) conflicts … Read more…

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“Scoop:” A Classic Satire About Foreign Correspondents

(I continue to receive requests that I repost my piece on Evelyn Waugh’s “Scoop,” the classic book that lampoons foreign correspondents.  Here it is. Enjoy.) If you have never read Evelyn Waugh’s wonderful satire of British journalism entitled “Scoop,” get thee to Amazon or to a bookstore and buy the … Read more…

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Writing A Memoir: Five Common Misconceptions

I am pleased to share with my readers this post from award-winning author Marylee MacDonald, author of Bonds of Love & Blood and Montpelier Tomorrow. Marylee is also a teacher and writing coach and is the author of 7-Day Writer’s Bootcamp, a short course on writing. You can find out more about … Read more…

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Writing the Memoir (Part 2)

This week I am focusing on memoirs–or more accurately, what they are and how to write them. I have written about this in the past and today and tomorrow I am going to share two posts on the topic that I wrote a while back. Then, on the third day, … Read more…

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