Ursula K Le Guin’s Cracking Speech at the National Book Foundation Awards

  Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. A Brief Riveting Speech by a Mistress of Letters about the difference between writing for a market and writing for art.   A few days back a brilliant … Continue reading Ursula K Le Guin’s Cracking Speech at the National Book Foundation Awards

There’s something terribly wrong with Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is a television show that has won basically every award worth winning and every accolade worth giving and been subject to the most minute scrutiny by television critics, writers, psychologists, addiction experts, and dramatists ever since the show first aired back in 2008. It has more than simply caused a sensation. It is … Continue reading There’s something terribly wrong with Breaking Bad

Notes Scribbled in Dejection in JC’s Cake & Cafe Shop Newtownmountkennedy

When you are stuck in a Cafe in Newtownmountkennedy an hour or two before an appointment, one can become intolerably bored. Being a bit of a bore myself, I start talking to complete strangers, who for the most part have come in for a quiet time by themselves and don’t want a strange hairy talkative … Continue reading Notes Scribbled in Dejection in JC’s Cake & Cafe Shop Newtownmountkennedy

Publishing and not Being Damned

Getting work published and reducing the Tears Involved Archive Image of Thompson Reuters Publishing – see http://thomsonreuters.com/core-publishing-solutions/ The purpose of writing is to be read. No amount of false humility will ever sufficiently delude a writer into thinking she is destined to a kind of solipsistic world of simply writing for themselves. Writing is communication. … Continue reading Publishing and not Being Damned

William Seward Burroughs (1914 – 1997)

With thanks to Scrawl Magazine, who originally published this piece.   William Seward Burroughs – actually smiling… It's not all in the voice. But one gets inklings when one listens. The cracked sepulchral voice of William Seward Burroughs (1914 - 1997) adds a searing quality to countless recordings of his stories. Nowadays this is the … Continue reading William Seward Burroughs (1914 – 1997)