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Judging a Book By Its Protagonist: Do you Judge?

  Every story needs a bad guy, right? The badder the bad guy the more compelling the read. But what about the protagonist? What if she’s unlikeable? There are many readers who will say, heck no to that book. There are readers who will stop mid-book, or earlier, if they deem the protagonist unrelatable. I […]

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Why President Obama Reads Books

    It is so true that a reader’s takeaway is very individual. We all get something different from the books we read. Mainly because it connects back to our personal experiences, both positive and negative. Some people choose the act of reading as an escape from their daily life, or for pure entertainment, or […]

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VICE Magazine: Don’t Google Yourself

    If you’re an author and you’re in the belly of writing a story, you’re obsessed with your characters. Truly. You think about them all the time. Everywhere you go, they’re with you. Like a pack of invisible friends. It’s a little strange and slightly creepy. That’s exactly where I was a couple of […]

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Theory of the Field Hockey Stick is Revealed

  Can’t they make those field hockey sticks longer? All that hunching. Those poor girls. Who can hunch for that long? My back hurts just watching them. Think of all that lower back pain. And how can they run properly while hunching? They can’t. They try, but maximum speed? Not a chance. And has anyone […]

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There is No Such Thing As Failure

photo by Chris Dlugosz I was recently working on a deal with Costco to have my book sold in their stores. At the last minute, the deal fell through. I won’t bore you with the details, but I worked very hard for the better part of a year until it was beyond my control and […]

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Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob

photo by David Bone When I lived on the Upper West Side, I took the 79th Street crosstown bus to my office on Fifth Avenue. I had many choices of transportation, but I favored the M79 particularly because if I took this bus from Columbus Avenue at around eight o’clock in the morning, I’d have […]

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Watching a Novelist at Work

photo by theilr I was recently asked if I’d consider participating in a program at a local college that aims to pair professionals with Honors students who are pursuing similar careers. The goal is to forge a mentoring relationship. After hearing some of the details of the program, I expressed my interest. It sounded like […]

Donald Trump to CNN and FOX: You’re Fired!

photo by Gage Skidmore Sources close to the presidential candidate claim that Trump’s problem with CNN and FOX is “they’re morons.” In an effort to be represented in the most honest and fair light, it is reported that Trump has just bought his own network: Trump That Media. Donald Trump blames his slide in the […]

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An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)

photo by David Merrett Dear Pigs, By the way, may I call you that? Pigs? It’s meant with the utmost respect, and after all, it is your name. Believe me, pig. I’ve never used your name in vain when referring to perverts or sleazeballs. I don’t know who started that. Uncool. Nor have I ever […]

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