Monthly Archives: February, 2013

The Short Shelf: Three Dog Night (Morning and Noon, Too)

If you must, you may call me a dog lover, but the truth is I haven’t partnered up with a pooch since my childhood sidekick Bessie, female runt of a German shepherd litter. (It’s said German shepherds were renamed Alsatians in the aftermath of Word War I to render them more politically palatable to the […]

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An Evening with William Gaddis

Readers and fans of William Gaddis, a writer notoriously protective of his privacy during his lifetime, have been waiting years to read his correspondence. A number of pieces were collected in Conjunctions this past fall, and finally next month Dalkey Archive Press will publish The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore with an […]

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Sunday Links, February 24, 2013

The nominees for the Nebula Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at Nebula Weekend, which will take place this year in San Jose, California, May 16-19. I’ll be there! Note that the link provided gives you further links to a good deal of the nominated short fiction, so you can read and […]

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Poetry Friday: “when i go to bed i go to bed with the lights on” by Sasha Fletcher

The week, my workweek, has been all about numbers. Though we usually perform a budget review one-half the way through our fiscal year, business has been, well, busy and we’ve only now just paused, about two-thirds of the way in. If you’ve taught a child to cross the street, you could do a budget review, […]

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On Beyond Chekhov: Introducing The Russian Library

When Russian writers come up in conversation, as they are wont to, you can always count on someone—or an entire chorus—admitting to huge gaps in their reading and confiding that they really need to address the situation. I know because I’m one of them. I fully intend to read War and Peace and Anna Karenina […]

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Sunday Links, February 17, 2013

The nominees for the Agatha Award have been announced. These awards are given to mysteries known as “cozies”; there is no explicit sex or violence, and sometimes there isn’t even a murder. Think Agatha Christie (for whom the awards are named) or, if you’d like a contemporary writer, Margaret Maron (whose The Buzzard Table is […]

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Poetry Friday: “Living in the Body” by Joyce Sutphen

Change was the watchword for these several recent days. Well, when is change ever not the way things are? It never ends. And so, I take great comfort from the three stanzas of Joyce Sutphen’s poem, Living in the Body, which parallel news and views that have been shared with me lately: Body is something […]

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Each Day is Valentine’s Day

Well, OK. It was Valentine’s Day. But I’m not going to feel too bad about missing most of it because I’m fully with Lorenz Hart on this one: Each day is Valentine’s Day. And that goes in both directions: If you have someone you love and cherish, no need to set aside one particular day […]

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Sunday Links, February 10, 2013

Clive Barker and Robert McCammon are the winners of the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Horror Award.  It’s the most prestigious of the Bram Stoker Awards, and will be officially awarded to Barker and McCammon at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans this coming June.  (And by the way, there don’t seem to be many […]

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Poetry Friday: Blizzard Edition

This day is full of bulletins / pungent with warnings / turgid with urgency. Even the normally tranquil Oxford English Dictionary defines blizzard as “A furious blast of frost-wind and blinding snow, in which man and beast frequently perish”. Yikes. In the interest of safety, then, I am jumping offline and fleeing homeward to my […]

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