Ronald S. Barak
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Your Call Is Very ImporatntTo Us

“We’re about out of time.”  Yeah, and “your call is very important to us.”  Sure it is. Know any doctors like that, maybe (or maybe not) driven there by Obamacare and the insurance industry? Know any political leaders like that, driven there by…their own greed?

Those who would try to sell you a bill of goods on how great Obamacare is focus on how many millions more are insured today–and why those who enacted it should be re-elected in 2012, and forever after– by those millions.  Who…


Posted on August 5, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Putting On the Ritz…and Pretenses

Perhaps outquoted only by Winston Churchill, the undisputed champion, Thomas Jefferson is nevertheless a very close second.  One of his more famous remarks, certainly still apt today, was an admonition to we the people to “prevent the government from wasting [the] labors of [we] the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” (emphasis added)

Have you noticed all the media pictures of our political “leaders” yesterday and today, happy, smiling, patting…


Posted on August 4, 2011 at 4:21am

Am I The Only…One (A “Bestseller!”)?

Reading is fun. Writing is super-fun. But, even better than writing is being read.

Which leads to the subject of today’s blog (as the wife and I make ready to participate in our first writing conference this week, ThrillerFest, put on by International Thriller Writers every year in New York–of course, the wife never needs an excuse to make at least one pilgrimage a year to (the shops of) New York):

Is it…


Posted on August 1, 2011 at 1:30pm

Ah, Yes…But What Exactly Is A Bestseller?

Have you ever asked, what exactly makes a book a bestseller?  Or, perhaps otherwise put, exactly what’s in a bestseller?

You know, ALL those books out there, one after another, that CLAIM to be…a bestseller.  This bestseller.  That bestseller.

I recently put that question to Sheridan Simove, best selling author of What Every Man Thinks Apart From Sex, a “novel” the content of which consists of–and only of– 200 BLANK…


Posted on July 29, 2011 at 2:30pm

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At 12:56pm on August 6, 2011, August Priest said…
Your sites truly awesome. I love it. It kind of reminds me a little of Lawrence Block's site... I love them both... :)
At 10:46am on May 16, 2011, Kate the Book Buff said…

Welcome!  I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People.


It can be a bit overwhelming around here when you're new.  I've been around for for long time and I'm always happy to help.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


-Kate the Book Buff

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