Greece At War.

On Monday I leave the Sturm und Drang of the land where I spend more of my year than anywhere else on earth for the Trump und Clinton of my birthplace. It’s been a tumultuous three months for Greece, with no telling what true change may lie ahead. Two imminent events might temporarily lower the […] Read More →

Trollope v. Hawthorne: Where’s the “Beef”?

By Michael A. Kahn There are many reasons to admire the 19th-century British novelist Anthony Trollope, beginning with his sparkling prose and vivid characters. And for those of us who write novels but haven’t been able to quit our day job, here’s another reason: during much of his writing career, the remarkably prolific Trollope (47 […] Read More →

Keyboard or pen?

Recently I was on a plane sitting between a couple of people who were both busy working away… However, the person on my left was pounding on the keyboard of her laptop, while the guy on my right was wielding a pen. That got me thinking about something I had read… somewhere… about how the […] Read More →


Plagiarism is more severely frowned upon in literature than in music, where it’s no less than a way of life. When I was in high school in the fifties, I enjoyed much of the music that came over the radio, but wondered why the composers needed to ruin the tunes with the most god-awful, banal, […] Read More →

Lost and Found, Found and Lost

I lost my keys at the coffee shop. This is a not-unusual thing; I am always losing something – my keys, my sunglasses. Gone, I say briskly. Pragmatically. My life no longer has (fill in the blank) and I proceed.

On Reading, Writing, and James Patterson

Every time I open my computer I find an ad for a James Patterson writing master class. And now I understand James Patterson has a new venture. He is going to offer children’s books (which he or one of his minions writes, I wonder?). Then whomever buys and reads one gets another for free, or […] Read More →

To Simplicity

Last week was spent in electronics hell. I hook up all my own stuff. Not because I’m a glutton for punishment, but because hiring people to do this never seems to go well for me. For instance, Wednesday when I finally threw in the towel, I arranged for a service call from Comcast. The young […] Read More →