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Literature Mind Map

Here is how I see it….today.

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Modern Christianity

Watching the world spin around, it occurs to me that an editor has been at work on the Bible and it now reads: Unless they disagree with you, blessed are… …the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of … Continue reading

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Nuttall’s Recommendations

Finished reading Nuttall’s Empire Corps series, currently 3 books. I found them interesting and enjoyable though I think there is more description and less story telling than I would prefer. However, in an afterword to the latest book *, Nuttall … Continue reading

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Sound Byte Writing, Chapter 2

I wrote once complaining about Dan Brown’s tendency to employ sound byte chapters concluding with a realization that I don’t care for them. Today, I get to rant again. Yesterday, I began reading James Patterson’s/Mark Sullivan’s Private Berlin. TLWSHLWM and … Continue reading

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Symptoms of a Dying Culture

Just finished reading R.A.H.’s Friday published in 1981. Friday is the heroine of the piece and at a latter stage of her journey, her mentor asks her to research the signs of a dying country/culture. Her answer and his come … Continue reading

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An Oldie But Goodie

This is from 3 years ago. Read it this morning and still think it applies: In 1961, William J. Lederer published a book titled A Nation of Sheep. In this book, among other interesting ideas, he suggested a group of … Continue reading

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That Time of Year

It’s that time of year, you know? As a child, Christmas was important to me. Yes, I wanted the presents and, despite the fact we were a big family and money was pinched, we always had presents, lots of “em. … Continue reading

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Censorship

A friend wrote a blog lamenting the lack of Latino protagonists. Went looking for the post but could not find it so there is no link to it here. Her message stuck with me for several months and raised its … Continue reading

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Sheer Brilliance

Recommendation for folks who love writing, there is something for everyone in The City of Dreaming Books, Walter Moers, translated by John Brownjohn, Overlook TP, 2008. Moers rakes the publishing industry – from an author’s perspective -from top to bottom. … Continue reading

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2012 Mainstream, Western, and Non-Fiction Read – So Far

Concluding recap of what I’ve been reading this year, we look now at Mainstream, Western, and Non-Fiction. Below are the fifteen books I’ve read this year and one I just started. Books I enjoyed and am likely to read another … Continue reading

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