Would You Compare a Comic Movie to a Serious Drama. No! Then Why Do Reviewers Do It With Novels?

Dear Dwight Garner, Today I read your review of “How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran in the NY Times. First of all, thanks for reviewing a comic novel by a woman.  The novel is about a rock and roll journalist from the projects, and you had many good things to say about it.  You mention that one […]

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5 Pieces of Advice That Changed the Way I Write 

       “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Long ago, when I first read the statement above, I imagined an encounter with a big-bellied, toga-wearing monk who would whisper the secrets of the universe into my ear. Over the years I’ve learned you don’t necessarily need a monk to show you the […]

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