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Mar.14.2013
When Eddie blows up the family hedge fund his only assets are a gift for gab and a prize winning Chili con Carne. While seeking work as a roadhouse chef, he never imagines he might become the next President of the United States, with backers on both the far right and far left. How does he do it?...
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Mar.17.2012
  This is a new short story, the first piece I've produced since finishing my apprenticeship novel. I believe it takes my writing to a whole new level. It's pure storytelling for one. A tragicomic, paranormal romance with shades of 9/11, the financial crisis, and multi-cultural influences....
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Mar.16.2012
This scene, from my novel, Banana Republican Blues, depicts the act in a humorous vein, as if seen through gauzy curtains rather than a keyhole, and it's more about communication and the tenderness of loving couples, than it is about just doing it. To me it is more eros than porn. It begins with a...
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Mar.07.2012
  Lars Iyer is a well known figure of the literary blogosphere, and as a relative neophyte in the space, I only recently came across his name, but liking what I sampled of Dogma, I decided to give it a full read. I like to keep up, when I can, with new fiction, especially that beyond the realm...
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Mar.03.2012
Steve Erickson's ninth novel, These Dreams of You, traces the travails of a contemporary American family following their adoption of an Ethiopian child, their struggle to keep themselves housed and fed when both partners are unemployed, and their quest for the child's birth mother....
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Jan.15.2012
I feel like I've finally finished my novel, Banana Republican Blues, I've been working on it intensively the past several months, modifying lots of stuff, refining and tweeking other stuff, adding more character and plot development, a bit of intellectual substance, a little Tom Robbins here, with...
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Jan.12.2012
Here is a paragraph I recently wrote into my novel. What say you all? Is it a darling that needs to be killed, or kept? In the darkest part of his heart he knew it would tell her nothing necessary and was, in short, the typical screed of a narcissistic VIP. It rationalized his own decisions...
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Jan.11.2012
  Opportunity Is More Important Than Economic Mobility - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com. As a dogmatist for the Heritage Foundation, your solutions sound like talking points from the G.O.P. that your institution probably wrote. What is this "double taxation of savings" for instance? The only...
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Dec.05.2011
As I wrote on Paul Kruguman's column today, (I will try and recreate the gist since comments now disappear as soon as they are sent: I have to agree with you regarding the Republican candidates, but the voters themselves are somewhat smarter than you give...
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Oct.26.2011
The Lion and The Journalist is a new title from Lyons Press. It first appeared in the fall of 2009 on Authonomy.com. It was there that I spotted it and championed to other readers. What impressed me, in particular, was the way Mr. Bishop introduced the reader to Roosevelt upon his death, through...
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Oct.08.2011
I've begun a new Kickstarter campaign called Books for Occupiers. For each $12 contribution, you will be sent a paperback copy of Banana Republican Blues, published by Amazon, to give away to a protestor at the occupation nearest you. They are in it for all of us. I think it's only right to do...
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Sep.17.2011
A recently published author friend offered to refer a query letter to his agent. This is it. Any comments?   From hedge fund maven, to living in his car, to Presidential contender, to a ride out of town on a Greyhound bus, to future Chili con Carne mogul, the life of Edison Conover has all...
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Sep.16.2011
How does pot roast chili sound, a dish so thick it's served on a plate instead of a bowl, like soup? ...made with brisket, braised in beer, till it's all soft and stringy, fresh chili peppers and garden herbs, couple of secret ingredients just to round the hot stuff out, all served up on a china...
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Sep.09.2011
It was almost 40 years ago now that I first set foot on Italian soil to serve out a four year Navy enlistment at the airbase in Naples, and immediately I was captivated by it. I was very much an Innocent Abroad. Having been raised in a sheltered environment, I knew little of the ways of the world,...
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Sep.06.2011
  Labor and Literature « Commentary Magazine. The neo-conservative humanist? D.G. Myers, late of A Commonplace Blog (apt name) writing  in Commentary this week on the subject of Labor Day,  says that, "American Literature has been hurt by the simple association of labor ...
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