: book titles are misleading :

Don’t believe everything you read is such a common caveat it’s achieved cliché status.    People do, though. They fall for preposterous claims regularly. How else can you explain paid programming and psychic hotlines and conspiracy theories? We are suckers. And publishers, for one, have our number. They grab our attention and, yoink, pick our pockets clean. … Continue reading : book titles are misleading :

: the promiscuous reader :

Don’t judge. There’s nothing wrong with wanton, indiscriminate reading. It’s absolutely proper and should be encouraged. Libraries do, they’re huge advocates of gratuitous reading. In this pursuit, they will eagerly, if not enthusiastically, aid and abet. They’re brothels for the mind, you know, there to satisfy our curious lust for knowledge. Left to our own … Continue reading : the promiscuous reader :

: now they’re waterproof :

Books are lovely, don’t you think? Delightful treasures we keep forever or, on occasion, write heartfelt dedications in and give as gifts. Those gifts become someone else’s treasure and the cycle continues. Books are important. But we’ve no regard for their frangibility. They’re not indestructible, you know. Books are paper and ink, some glue; they’re … Continue reading : now they’re waterproof :

: is it gold digging or grave robbing? :

Both, really. Publishing's been repurposed. Consider the case of Harper Lee, the adamantly reticent author of To Kill a Mockingbird. She’s 88 and in an assisted-living facility, mostly blind and deaf and in frail health. For decades, she refused to entertain the possibility of writing a second book. Flat out dismissed the notion. Right up … Continue reading : is it gold digging or grave robbing? :