Category Archives: Books

Apprenticing with the Dead: A Strong Dose of Truth (James Baldwin)

The last time that I read James Baldwin’s collected essays (in the Library of America edition) was 2006, on a road trip from Minneapolis to Cleveland to see my mentor, who was active in the civil rights movement and had … Continue reading

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Apprenticing with the Dead: Reading Tolkien 35 Years Late

When I was in high school in the late 1970s, everybody was reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. I resisted, for reasons I didn’t fully understand at the time. I think if you’d asked me then, I would have … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 6 January 2013 (The Lost Pissarro)

New York in the summer time. New York under a blazing sun that seemed to have transported itself from the New Mexico desert. New York broiled in a heat wave that reminded her of a glassmaker’s kiln. Waves of heat … Continue reading

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Writer Interview: The Next Big Thing (I’m the interviewee this time)

I’ve been tagged twice now for The Next Big Thing, by J. M. Blackman and Devin Harnois, so in honor of the new year and all, here goes. Watch this spot for an update on the next blogs I’m linking … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 30 December 2012 (The Necromancer and the Barbarian: A Love Story)

There was silence from Little Bird, though she still felt his listening presence. There was too much to explain there: how many wars, alone, stood between his time and hers? The Roman legions were as yet the echo-shock of rumor, … Continue reading

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Writer Interview: Angela Quarles

Angela Quarles writes romance with a fantasy twist. I first met her through Six Sentence Sunday and fell in love with the snippets from her steampunk novel Must Love Breeches, set in the early decades of the nineteenth century. One of … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 7 October 2012 (Max and the Ghost)

No one was quite so enthusiastic about that sort of sin as the sinners themselves, grown weary; in one breath they’d be talking about how drunk they got in college and what pranks they’d gotten up to (generally involving property … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 30 September 2012 (Max and the Ghost)

At the drop-in center, Erika beamed at Max across the table, as he applied himself without complaint to the practice trigonometry exam that they had drawn up together during study hall.  He couldn’t draw the triangles without thinking about the … Continue reading

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A fresh start for autumn: preview of coming attractions

Except for my Six Sentence Sunday excerpts, I’ve been largely absent from my own blog this summer and early autumn. Behind the scenes, I’ve been working steadily, but little of it has shown up here, for a variety of reasons. … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 26 August 2012 (Max and the Ghost)

“There’s something about that place that makes them nervous,” he said, and Erika frowned. “They got a deal. Anton usually likes to talk about his deals, but not this time.”  Erika smirked. “Maybe there’s a body in the basement.” Her … Continue reading

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