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In response to my 11/27 post, a concerned reader writes:  “And yet a little historical perspective is in order. Making a living as a writer of fiction was extremely rare up until the 19th century. Then a combination of factors resulted in a huge market for reading material. This whole fiction thing is just a […]

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In E. M. Forster’s Room With a View there is a scene in which the reverend Mr. Beebe is looking over the book collection of the eccentric Mr. Emerson.  He runs across A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad and remarks ‘Never heard of it,’ then Samuel Butler’s Way of All Flesh and snorts ‘Never heard […]

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I used to find it almost impossible to start a book and not finish it.  You want to know how it turns out, right?  You don’t want to miss out on what may turn into a wonderful read.  Well, my new rule is that bad books don’t get better. Did I just say ‘bad?’  Surely […]

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The books ought to arrive in about two weeks now, and though there are things I could be working on (a short story, the next novel, learning how to run the website) I’ve been reading instead, and being generally lazy.  So lazy that I’m going to punt on today’s entry, and just put down a […]

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