Hand me the Band-Aids

The replacement of words seems to be a response to changing times, but it’s really a simplistic and superficial way to pretend you’re doing something. The most recent example is the transgender focus in the media as a result of Caitlyn Jenner’s...

The cottage internet

Got my new handkerchiefs in the mail today. They came from the Flying Needle Gallery with a business card and a bow, so I suspect they’re not made and shipped by a large factory in a faraway country. Today a significant part of the online business I do is with...

Should your novel be evaluated?

You’d think the obvious answer is duh, or yes. But it’s not that simple. Unless you’re a bestselling author you need to complete a draft of your story, one that’s as big as, or close to, the novel itself.  Probably around 50,000 words. Yes, it...

The non-category of ‘collaborator’

A Claude Lanzmann documentary film is coming out in a few weeks that examines over three hours (that’s like a short for Lanzmann) the life, personality and Holocaust role of Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein. Lanzmann originally interviewed Murmelstein (who died over...

A melancholic’s guide to Disney World

This is my eighth trip. The first was when I was 19 years old.  The two daughters I bring with me are older now than I was then. “This might be the last chance we get before we have to bring grandchildren,” I say as we board the Magic Express at the Orlando airport....
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