Category: Literature

Is Jon Meacham naive about the "Soul of America"?

Is Jon Meacham naive about the "Soul of America"?
In his new book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” Jon Meacham presents the historical context out of which arose Donald Trump. The book’s conclusion seems a myopic, “It’ll be OK.” If only I could believe that. The book is a wonderland of American history, presented by great writer. “The Soul... Read more »

Write about what you know, not what you heard on Fox News

Write about what you know, not what you heard on Fox News
Last week I picked apart a paragraph that floated to my attention online and I have since been in touch with the author.  It was, as could be expected a rough go at first, but all is good now. Not surprisingly, the reference source for said paragraph was either Fox News or something very Fox... Read more »

Do you know your vehicle's VIN number by heart?

Don’t be scared, this isn’t a test.  Nobody should be required to know their vehicle’s VIN number by heart.  Everyone should, however know just how redundant it is to talk about your vehicle’s VIN number. On those rare occasions that I’m asked for my drivers license number, I’ve often been met with looks of surprise... Read more »
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"Fangirl", by Rainbow Rowell: A review, of sorts

Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl” is a juxtaposition of two of my least favorite things; neurotic women and wand-waving, magician/wizard, pre-pubescent Harry Potter types.  It’s little consolation that I only have to deal with the former in real life, while endeavoring to keep my reading list devoid of the latter. It’s been a while since I wrote... Read more »