July 2009 Blog Posts (185)

Time for Reading (R)

Since I started writing, a strange guilt plagues me whenever I read: I feel like I should be writing instead. A really good book overcomes this guilt, because then I consider it research, honing my craft by reading expert writers.



My own study of what I want to write and how I will do it makes me intolerant of what I consider mediocre work, so that I often don't finish a book if it hasn't grabbed me by fifty pages or so.



I've been trying to expand my knowledge of writers'… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 1, 2009 at 7:51pm — 4 Comments

Poets central to Palestinian culture



My favorite Palestinian poet is Taha Muhammad Ali, a quietly bumbling presence when he reads his poems, but a deceptively intelligent writer. The warmth and intelligence of Taha’s readings drove Adina Hoffman, a Jerusalem-based writer, to plan a biography of the poet (… Continue

Added by Matt Rees on July 1, 2009 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Good Reads for May and June

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)



Late May and early June were hectic, with family visits and my daughter’s high school graduation, so my best reads from May didn’t get posted. (Yes, I know, you were all bitterly disappointed.) Below are my recommendations from the books I read in May and June.



High Season, by Jon Loomis. Loomis walks the fine line between humor and murder with the sureness of Karl… Continue

Added by Dana King on July 1, 2009 at 6:37am — No Comments

New Spinetingler

The new issue of Spinetingler is live and, as Patrick Shawn Bagley so eloquently put it, "locked and loaded". There's a double dose of short stories, plenty of reviews and interviews.



My thanks to Jack Getze, who has remained with us as the editor, and Damon Caporaso and Jay Tomio of BSC Review, who… Continue

Added by Sandra Ruttan on July 1, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

2 Good Reviews

The book I'm in Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse, got two good reviews available online.

One even included my chapter as a highlight, describing it as "fun." Which is sort of the point of the story.

Read them... HERE & HERE

Added by D.R. MacMaster on July 1, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

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