Check out my first short story…it’s free for a short time!

To celebrate the publication of my first piece of fiction – a short story you will finish in 30 minutes or less – it is available for free for a short time - until January 12, 2014, to be precise. After that, it is 0.99 cents, so still quite affordable. The piece is called "The… Continue reading Check out my first short story…it’s free for a short time!

The most captivating 30 minutes of video I have watched all year: Evelyn Waugh talks about life, literature and Catholicism

This is fascinating on so many levels: One of the greatest prose stylists of the English language in an uncomfortable setting, being interviewed in a journalistic style that is no longer practiced – unfortunately. Speaking about his life and work, and his conversion to the Catholic faith. http://youtu.be/UvtjUt0GzKg    

Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love

Well well. So Neil Gaiman says: Let children read the books they love.  Stop the press. Who would have thought an author publicly would get caught saying such outrageous things? Jokes aside - what is remarkable is that this is considered remarkable enough to be printed in a newspaper. Then he defends libraries (good but… Continue reading Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love

What the **** is wrong with Jonathan Franzen? (Drive-by Cultural Criticisms, No. 1)

Here's the thing: Modernity, especially the reality this word describes in Western societies at the moment, deserves all it can get in terms of critical analysis. There is not nearly enough of it to go around, though there is a lot of relativistic rubbish that is passed off as such. Given the sheer lack of… Continue reading What the **** is wrong with Jonathan Franzen? (Drive-by Cultural Criticisms, No. 1)