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Who Is Reading What?

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 23 percent of adult Americans did not read a single book in 2013, up from 16 percent in 1990 and 8 percent in 1978. So who reads all the copies of…Continue

Started Feb 7

FICTION (SHORT STORIES) in the NEW YORK TIMES?

Most people are not aware that the NEW YORK TIMES occassionally publishes works of fiction. By this I mean short stories, not their sometimes wildly exaggerated "news" items. But that is another…Continue

Tags: Thaddeus, Rutkowski, Times, NY, stories

Started Mar 13, 2012

Do Book Trailers Sell Books? Post your book trailer here!
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My friend, author Stephen Poleskie, recently had a book trailer made for his book VIGILIA'S TEMPEST. While it had over 700 hits on YouTube in the first months it was up, and has now passed 4300 hits,…Continue

Tags: Vigilia's, Tempest, Poleskie, Stephen, trailers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bel Ravenne Mar 10, 2013.

 

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"Finished in 1932 Samuel Beckett's first novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, went on to be rejected by every publisher he sent it to."
Jul 15
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Proust and Self Publishing

Just over a hundred years ago what is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century was published to absolutely no fanfare. After being turned down by a host of French publishing houses—including Gallimard, on the advice of André Gide—the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu was printed at Marcel Proust’s own expense in November 1913. Half a year later war broke out, paper was rationed, the lead used to set the book was melted down for munitions, and…See More
Jun 24
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The Beautiful American, a book review

This newest novel from Jeanne Mackin is a breathtaking look at art and politics in the years leading up to World War II. Based on the life of the beautiful Lee Miller, the model turned photographer,  it follows the friendship between Lee and Nora, a childhood friend who meets up with her again in the dizzying Paris of the 30's and 40's.  Lee lived bravely, even recklessly, matching  the wild surrealists in their search for art and pleasure and eventually making the leap from mistress and model…See More
Jun 4
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Jeanne Mackin's New Book "The Beautiful American"

Jeanne Mackin has a new book out called "The Beautiful American." It swirls around the fashion model and photographer Lee Miller. You can read Barbara Adam's Ithaca Times interview with Mackin about writing the book at this link: …See More
May 28
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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow."Kurt Vonnegut: from a response to a letter from a grade school class See More
Mar 22
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Poleskie Writes for Ragazine

Stephen Poleskie now has a regular column on Ragazine. You can read his current rather witty and incisive, contribution at the magazine's web site: http://ragazine.cc/See More
Mar 5
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Who Is Reading What?

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 23 percent of adult Americans did not read a single book in 2013, up from 16 percent in 1990 and 8 percent in 1978. So who reads all the copies of the 900 new titles that are published each day in the USA?See More
Feb 7
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The Criterion, an English Language Journal from India

My friend Stephen Poleskie has a short story, "Too Early for School," in the June issue of The Criterion an English language journal published in India. The journal is quite interesting with many essays, a few poems, and fewer fiction pieces. The writing for the most part is excellent, and the journal is very well edited. The entire issue is online, so you can check it out and my friend Steve's story at www.the-criterion.com.Best wishes,PearsonSee More
Jul 7, 2013
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Too Strange for Words. . . .

Swift Action After Blogger Calls Out PlagiarismAn author caught selling a book that plagiarizes from works by romance writers Tammara Webber and Jamie McGuire is blaming a rogue ghostwriter for the copying and has removed the book from all sales outlets.The author, Jordin Williams, tweeted: “I am officially letting all funds go. I’m sadden by this…See More
Jun 29, 2013
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""Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. There is a marvelous peace in not publishing." ~ J. D. Salinger"
Apr 30, 2013
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The Left Hand is the Dreamer, a novel by Paul West

    Paul West Review THE LEFT HAND IS THE DREAMER “I FELL, CAME CRASHING DOWN. Injuring my leg, immobilizing my right arm and paralyzing my right cheek. Not so much an accident as an insult to half my body, which after a few days of elementary care turned into a full blown stroke, leaving me mumbling, unable to speak.Look at him, Diane whispered, he’s having another stroke. One glance at my dreadful pallor sufficed—coupled with my frozen eyes and expressionless face. In what seemed like no time…See More
Dec 27, 2012
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To Express Something. . . .

TO EXPRESS SOMETHING is to conserve its virtue and take away its terror. Fields are greener in their description than in their actual greenness. Flowers, if described with phrases that define them in the air of the imagination, will have colors with a durability not found in cellular life.Fernando Pessoa  ~ The Book of DisquietSee More
Dec 8, 2012
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T. S. Eliot's Loyal Wife

IT WASN'T MUCH NOTED in the popular press, and I doubt if my "Twilight" reading friends even know who he was, but T. S. Eliot's wife Valerie died last week. They were married in 1957 when the poet was sixty-eight and she was thirty. Valerie had been his secretery at the publishing house Faber & Faber for the previous seven years. She had taken a secretarial course with the expresss purpose of applying for this job. After Eliot's death in 1965, Valerie became his executor, and steadfastly…See More
Nov 24, 2012
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SCONTO WALAA, a novel by Stephen Poleskie

 WHILE THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS of our military are currently suffering from undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, no serious work of fiction has yet dealt with the consequences of this severe problem. This is the subject Stephen Poleskie’s latest novel, “Sconto Walaa.” A National Guard corporal named Sconto…See More
Nov 7, 2012
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SLEEPING DOGS, by Michael Foldes

Sleeping Dogs: A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. A deathbed confession. A gun encased in concrete. And the possibility both could have kept Bruno Richard Hauptmann from going to the electric chair for the kidnap and murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. When journalist Michael Foldes hears the story of an upstate NY family who could have known the killers, he teases out details in the 80-year-old case that…See More
Oct 14, 2012
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GOOGLE'S ORPHAN WORKS PROGRAM LAWSUIT

US DISTRICT COURT JUDGE Harold Baer has ruled that the mass book digitization program conducted by five major universities in conjunction with Google is a fair use under US copyright law. Under that program, Google has converted millions of copyright-protected library books into machine-readable files, duplicating and distributing the digitized books to university libraries. The universities pooled the digitized books into an online database organized by the University of Michigan known as…See More
Oct 12, 2012

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"Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass" by Bruno Schulz
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I studied at The New School in NYC, and presently live in upstate New York, where I work as a freelance writer.
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WORDS?

I RECENTLY READ A QUOTE attributed to Walter Benjamin that said: "There is no difference between a human life and a word." It was used by an author as an introduction to her book. I don't know exactly where the quote came from, as I have not read it in context. But used alone, as it was, it seemed rather immature, something a young and not fully developed mind might say. Looking around my house I can see two human beings, and three cats, and almost a thousand books containing probably a million words. And I clearly see the difference.

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Proust and Self Publishing

Just over a hundred years ago what is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century was published to absolutely no fanfare. After being turned down by a host of French publishing houses—including Gallimard, on the advice of André Gide—the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu was printed at Marcel Proust’s own expense in November 1913. Half a year later war broke out, paper was rationed, the lead used to set the book was…

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Posted on June 24, 2014 at 3:00pm

The Beautiful American, a book review

This newest novel from Jeanne Mackin is a breathtaking look at art and politics in the years leading up to World War II. Based on the life of the beautiful Lee Miller, the model turned photographer,  it follows the friendship between Lee and Nora, a childhood friend who meets up with her again in the dizzying Paris of the 30's and 40's.  Lee lived bravely, even recklessly, matching  the…
Continue

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:30pm

Jeanne Mackin's New Book "The Beautiful American"

Jeanne Mackin has a new book out called "The Beautiful American." It swirls around the fashion model and photographer Lee Miller. You can read Barbara Adam's Ithaca Times interview with Mackin about writing the book at this link: …

Continue

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 9:00pm

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow."

Kurt Vonnegut: from a response to a letter from a grade school class 

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 9:00pm

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At 8:25pm on March 27, 2013,
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Michele Orwin
said…

Hi Pearson,

thanks for the welcome, your page looks terrific. Say hey to Jeanne for me.

At 12:02am on October 11, 2011, Shilpa Mudiganti said…
In fact, if you are ok I would really love it if you have few words to share with my readers on my blog! Let me know!
At 12:01am on October 11, 2011, Shilpa Mudiganti said…
You are welcome Pearson! Hope to have more such conversations in the future!
 
 
 

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