Monthly Archives: March 2009

Literature of Desire

One of the compliments that my fiction writing sometimes receives is the natural sounding dialogue.  While any writer will swoon over even the slightest compliment, when someone praises my dialogue, I can’t help but think of that Dolly Parton line, … Continue reading

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A New Birth of Outrage

“Where’s the outrage?” the virtuous and moral Bill Bennett famously asked in his 1999 book, The Death of Outrage.  Well, outrage is back, but I don’t think it’s what Mr. Bennett had in mind when he documented the moral failures … Continue reading

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Painters of the Suburban Landscape

This morning I was reading a New York Times review of Cheever: A Life, Blake Bailey’s new biography of John Cheever, and I was reminded of the recent passing of John Updike.  For me, it is nearly impossible to think … Continue reading

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