January 4, 2019

I met Marilyn Simon Rothstein at the Saugatuck StoryFest in Westport, CT, and bought her first book, Lift and Separate, because she made me laugh. That novel, by the way, hit the number 1 slot on Amazon’s list of Satirical Fiction last week! Her novels are filled with humor, as well as romance, pathos and…

June 29, 2018

I’d just come back from Europe, so it may have been the jet lag. Whatever the reason, even after a reminder email from the Wesleyan’s Writers’ Conference organizers, I’d left my blankie at home. I regretted it the moment I stepped into the frigid dorm in the college’s most modern student sleeping quarters. The bedroom,…

June 28, 2012

A year ago my husband Jay and I were going to sell the house on the lake in New Hampshire. It’s really too big for us. Mostly, there are only the two of us there, and the house will actually sleep 10 or more, so you can see the logic. I don’t really want a…

June 21, 2012

A witty student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jessie Gaynor, has written/drawn a fun article called Drunk Texts from Famous Authors for the generally rather staid Paris Review. Here’s the first one: June 18, 2012 | by Jessie Gaynor Check out the rest at The Paris Review‘s blog here.

May 27, 2012

Aaron Diaz, who travels under the pseudonym of Dresden Codak is a guy with a background in physics, anthropology and computer science, but he prefers to spend his time designing very intelligent and funny comics.  I particularly like the one below, because it’s something every screenwriter, playwright or plot-writer, should have under their belt, no…

May 25, 2012

Flying to Phoenix the other day, this notice stopped me dead in my tracks at security. I had to throw away all my snow globes… 🙁 But I did feel a lot safer, of course…

March 21, 2012

The Bookseller is an English magazine devoted (of course) to book-selling and all related subjects. It’s well worth a look, not least because they organize a contest every year to find  the Oddest Book Title of the Year.is year marks the 30th anniversary, and there are some amazing (or appalling, depending on your point of…