Category Archives: Books

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens My grandmother had a big illustrated copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which I had practically memorized by … Continue reading

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Mary Astor’s Sex Life On Trial

In light of the following recent text exchange … … between Mitchell and myself, I would like to announce the publication of two books, which will be sold as companion volumes: I Miss Sluts, by Sheila O’Malley Where’s Mary Fucking … Continue reading

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Marlene Dietrich’s Marginalia

I love marginalia so much that I created an entire “tag” for it on my site. I love to read about the marginalia of famous people. The tiny markings Thomas Jefferson would place beside lines of text that … interested … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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2016 Books Read

I’ve enjoyed myself this year with reading. I have finally bounced back from 2009 and 2010, when I was so out of my mind that I could barely read anymore. (Larry McMurtry describes a similar thing happening to him post-heart … Continue reading

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“What If Elvis Had Lived?” My entry in Annie West’s What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been

My copy of What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been, edited and illustrated by Sligo illustrator Annie West, arrived a couple of days ago and what a gorgeous and funny book it is, and I’m not just saying … Continue reading

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New Book: What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been, illustrated by Annie West

Annie West is a wonderful illustrator from Sligo, Ireland. I’ve been a fan of her stuff for years. Her latest book, What If?, features entries from a long list of writers (including yours true). Annie asked each of us to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Truman Capote

A re-post for Truman Capote’s birthday, which is today. Gerald Clarke devoted an entire chapter to how this 1957 profile of Marlon Brando came about in his definitive biography of Truman Capote. ‘The Duke In His Doman’ is a famous … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

So you see that old libel that we were cynics and skeptics was nonsense from the beginning. On the contrary we were the great believers. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, “My Generation” Fitzgerald was one of those writers I liked right … Continue reading

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An Ode to E.B. White and a Very Special Teacher

I post this every year at the beginning of the school year, in honor of all the teachers out there – the teachers I know, and the teachers I’ve had. Here is my favorite teacher-story of all. You make a … Continue reading

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