Archive for the ‘Scribblings’ Category

From a dark, cavernous place

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This is lovely stuff. A fine piece by Verlyn Klinkenborg of the New York Times,  published on August 13, 2012, from the always entertaining Draft, a series about the art and craft of writing. It’s all in your head. Where do sentences come from? by Verlyn Klinkenborg Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, […]


Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

James Joyce: A New Biography By Gordon Bowker Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN-10:  0374178720 (This review was originally published in the Washington Independent Review of Books on July 25, 2012) T. S. Eliot claimed James Joyce killed the nineteenth century. And he ought to know — Eliot, reportedly, was at the scene of the crime. […]

Think the Marvelettes meet Thomas De Quincey meets net technology…

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

“Please mister postman, look and see, if there’s a card in your bag for me.” Marvellettes, 1961. Big hit.  Also fourth song, side two, the Beatles’ Second Album, spring of 1964—a bouncy bit of Beatlemania. A sprig of middle of the century sunshine, youthful optimism, teenagers in love. And we waited so patiently for that […]

The day I accepted a story for Hunger Mountain—a visit to Yesville

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

(This is part 2 of a rant on what it’s like to be the new fiction editor of Hunger Mountain – A Journal of the Arts based in Montpelier, Vermont.) Dawns like any other.  Cold, miserable, wet and dark.  Man, that was some winter. Wasn’t it rotten where you were?  Don’t tell me you’re from […]

I, Keymaster

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Earlier this year, I was named fiction editor of Montpelier, Vermont-based Hunger Mountain – A Journal of the Arts. Great publication.  A wonderful honor. Coming to grips with this new gig, the rejecting and accepting–mostly rejecting, I scribbled the bit below. Part I. How do I explain this fiction editor thing? Think of me as Rick […]