Category Archives: Books

Happy Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown

Born in 1910, Margaret Wise Brown always wanted to be a writer, but her journey towards the almost unprecedented success she eventually achieved, was not direct (how could it be? If you set out to create a children’s classic along … Continue reading

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The Books: Cults In Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives, by Margaret Thaler Singer

Next book on the Cults shelf (and everyone should have a “cults shelf”): Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace, by Margaret Thaler Singer This is the Cult Bible. First published in 1996, it continued to … Continue reading

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“Does it all sound depressing to you? Queasy? Well, I’m not ashamed.” – Barbara Payton

No secret that I love Kim Morgan’s writing. No secret either that we are friends. But this piece, on the re-issue of the autobiography of poor messed-up Barbara Payton – actress, drunk/heroin-addict, prostitute, bar-fly, dead at the age of 39 … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Katherine Dunn

“I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.” -Katherine Dunn In 2009, a news story emerged from the … Continue reading

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The Books: Snapping: America’s Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change, by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman

Wow, okay, so here’s the deal. Since 2005, TWO THOUSAND FIVE, I’ve been posting daily (not really, but consistent enough to be an ongoing project) excerpts from my gigantic heavingly-huge book collection. I don’t just have books. I have a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Poet Andrew Marvell

A re-post for poet Andrew Marvell’s birthday Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine Another Metaphysical poet, Andrew Marvell … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Love Poetry,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Camille Paglia is furious about what has been done to the canon in her lifetime. Furious, I tell you! Her three books (outside of the essay … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Alice as Epic Hero,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been more picked apart and obsessed over than Tolkien’s Ring trilogy. It has been analyzed as political metaphor, cultural/social Victorian-era … Continue reading

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman A re-read. It’s so definitive that any book covering the same period (and there are libraries full of them) must reference it. One of her real gifts as a writer is giving … Continue reading

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The Books: Vamps & Tramps; “Brooklyn Nefertiti: Barbra Streisand,” by Camille Paglia

NEXT BOOK on the essays shelf: Vamps & Tramps: New Essays, by Camille Paglia. Mitchell and I talk about Barbra Streisand all the time. Mitchell has this whole thing called “The Tao of Barbra,” and literally, if there is anything … Continue reading

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