BOOK REVIEW: The Johnstown Girls

The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George. (History-Related Novel, 2014). On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 two journalists with a major Pittsburgh newspaper are in search of fresh angles for a series of articles on the subject. Ben Bragdon and his younger co-worker Nina Collins plan to feature an […]

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WRITING NEWS & RANDOM LITERARY HOUSEKEEPING

I’ve done a couple freelance review articles for horror novelist DM Draper’s website in the past. But now I’ve been asked to review a number of well-received zombie-focused works. The first two have already been published. Here are the links: http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/cell-by-stephen-king/ http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/patient-zero-a joe-ledger-novel/ More such reviews will be forthcoming as are some new fiction pieces […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Inglorious Basterds. 2009. Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent. 2 hrs., 33 mins. Tarantino’s typically over-the-top and gory, yet quite entertaining wish-fulfillment vision of how World War Two should’ve ended is long and episodic, yet also so fast-paced and (yes) accomplished that one doesn’t mind the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What We Were Promised

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This touching first novel features vivid characters interacting with the hopes and contradictions of our multicultural world, as well as universal the joys, challenges, contradictions and heartbreaks of modern family life. Wei and Lina Zhen grew up in a small town in the China of the […]

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Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 1 November, 2018 (and what followed on Saturday, the 3rd)

I’ve been crazy-busy on a number of fronts, as a result this report on doings at the Grand Midway Hotel (and in particular the weekly coffeehouse) is a shameful four days late. My apologies. So anyway, the evening after Halloween night (when Syn and I donned costumes and gave out treats to passersby from the […]

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