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Still a contender

I expect to hear from the Fabri Prize judges any day now, and I’m braced for disappointment. Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen others winning a string of literary contests that I had entered with high hopes. Most recently … Continue reading

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I’m a contender, for the moment

My book, Now Appearing in Baghdad, is a finalist for Boaz Publishing’s Fabri Prize. The prize includes a publishing contract with a $7,500 advance and a $5,000 marketing budget. Pretty nice. I guess winning the prize means that agents would … Continue reading

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Mavis Gallant’s agent was a crook

The reason Gallant was a starving writer in Spain was that payments for several stories in the New Yorker were kept by her agent, Jacques Chambrun. She wasn’t the only client he robbed. This entry in the New Yorker blog, … Continue reading

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It is a question of writing or not writing. There is no other way.

The July 9 & 16 issue of the New Yorker has a selection of Mavis Gallant’s wonderful journal entries from her days as a starving writer in Spain. Unfortunately, I can’t provide a link to the article, since they’ll only … Continue reading

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“a New York lament”

If you stay at the Hilton Millenium Hotel in lower Manhattan, and you get a room pretty high up, say above the 25thfloor, facing west, towards New Jersey, you can look right down on the 9/11 Memorial and into the … Continue reading

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I’m being stalked by an internet criminal mastermind!!

I just got my first Facebook scam message.  It came from a guy who calls himself James Koku.   I think it’s a scam, but maybe it’s a parody of a scam.  It is so poorly written I can’t imagine who … Continue reading

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Going to get our freedom

I was in Birmingham, Alabama last month. First time I was ever in the state. I surprised myself at how strongly I was affected by visiting the city’s old civil rights battlegrounds. Standing in the Sixth Street Baptist Church where … Continue reading

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Trivial times demand trivial writers

Richard Brautigan was a big deal writer in the 1960s. He sold a lot of books, had a bunch of lovers and, according to a NYT review, got to hang out, get drunk and shoot guns with writers like Jim … Continue reading

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Death and the cartoonist

R. Crumb on death, as quoted in the New York Times, Saturday April 24, 2012 – “Death? Afraid of death?” he said. “When you get older, you dry up. You die. That’s it.” He added: “I’ve lived my life. I’ve … Continue reading

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Is anybody there?

Most of my experiences with literary magazines have not been positive. I understand that editors are swamped. I just wish they would come clean about their limitations. You’ve all heard an editor swear passionately that he or she or a … Continue reading

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