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Probable Cause (Part 3)

May 21, 2013

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I reach for a book in my office, and I get that weird tingly feeling, something like an invisible finger tapping me on the brain. I turn and walk over to another bookcase, pulled along as though I were a migrating insect, and not one of the smart ones either. I’m heading somewhere, but for […]

I Couldn’t Help Noticing

November 15, 2012

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Have you seen this ad? The intended impression is that the man in the picture has come up with some revolutionary method for learning a foreign language quickly. As a result, we’re supposed to imagine that linguistics teachers are losing their jobs left and right, forced to sit idly by while the streets suddenly teem […]

Pressed for Time

October 23, 2011

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This is going to annoy some people, and I know that because I have a well-developed sense of when I’m being annoying. But that isn’t what I’m worried about. My fear is that I’ll sound ungrateful, like I’m some insanely wealthy person whining about not having enough room for all of his money. The thing […]

Paper or Plastic?

August 24, 2010

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Electronic book readers are dropping from the sky like an invasion from Mars. At least that’s how it appears to me. I’m the only person on the planet who still doesn’t have a cell phone, I’ve never sent or received a text message, and I wouldn’t know a BlackBerry from a Baby Ruth. Yet when […]

I Remember Boredom

July 10, 2010

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I love history, partly because I enjoy seeing how people lived long ago. I’ve visited dozens of mansions, homesteads, and estates, as well as simpler homes, taking the guided tour whenever one is offered. I pay special attention to the descriptions of the kitchen, of all the related jobs and how they were done. You […]

Looking Down On Subtitles

June 24, 2010

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I read a lot. At any given time, I may have four or five books going at once. So when I watch a movie, I want to sit back and be lazy. Having to frantically read subtitles doesn’t seem relaxing. Now I realize that sometimes they may be unavoidable. Foreign films are made in another […]

Choosing to Self-Publish

May 14, 2010

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The stereotype persists that self-published authors are second-rate, and that they wouldn’t make it on the traditional route. The fact is, many of us have spent months or years producing what we believe is good work, and we aren’t willing to let an overwhelmed, underpaid reader decide if our books are going to make it […]