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Continuing my impossible dream of reading every piece of fiction the world has ever considered important, I have given up once again on John Dos Passos, this time after about fifty of the fourteen hundred or so pages that make up the U.S.A. trilogy. The tragedy, for me, of Dos Passos is that some of […]

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What makes good fiction?  At some level this is certainly a useless question, as ultimately it boils down to a matter of taste.  There are a great number of people who seem to feel, for instance, that Moby Dick is a great piece of art.  I would like to think that they are basing that […]

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Well, my plan to divert the advert bot seems to have failed.  Either I need to write about Albania for several days running, which would be difficult since I’ve never been there, or else there just aren’t very many websites touting Albanian products or vacations.  As I intimated the other day, I’ll be happy to […]

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Advance readers have begun reporting back, and if there is a consensus about the book, it is that I have managed to create a sense of place.  A reader from central California says the writing reminds her of Steinbeck’s descriptions of the Salinas Valley.  Another, who grew up outside of St. Louis, is reminded of […]

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