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Category Archives: Books
I’d much rather see my son become an author like his Daddy than the book critic that seems to be his natural inclination. Nothing wrong with book critics, but I don’t think I could stand a scathing review from my … Continue reading
My wife’s favorite first line from literature comes Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Many people like this first line. … Continue reading
I stepped out of my son’s room for a moment. He was playing with some train tracks and seemed completely content. When I opened the door the minute later, I found the train tracks abandoned. He had moved onto his … Continue reading
It would seem that we have a ghost in our house who enjoys books just as much as my son.
I noticed this on my key ring today. It’s like a historical artifact. A reminder of a bygone day. Throw it away? Leave it as a reminder of a time since passed? Sell it on eBay?
I am often asked where I get the inspiration and ideas for my stories, especially considering that I’m fortunate enough to have so many ideas from which to choose. A few years ago I wrote a post explaining my process. … Continue reading
This reading of In the Night Kitchen got a lot of attention on the Internet last week with the passing of James Gandolfini. And Gandolfini delivers a spectacular reading of this Maurice Sendak classic, but let me go on the … Continue reading
As a father, a teacher and an author, I cannot imagine a better image than this one. If she wasn’t four years-old, I’d accuse my daughter of setting this up in an effort to acquire something else later on.
The first time I read The Diary of Anne Frank, I listened to the audiobook on a Sony Walkman. It was 1995, and the recording was on cassette tape. This was by far the best way to read Anne Frank’s … Continue reading