The language rule they don’t teach in school

This story from the NYTimes was just too good to not share. As someone who studied journalism as an undergrad and creative writing as a grad student, and who has job duties now that include being the guardian of Time Union style (aka Conan the Grammarian), I had no idea that the world of publishingContinue reading “The language rule they don’t teach in school”

Events on Wednesday, Dec. 13

Paul Rutherford on Wednesday, December 13, 6-9 p.m., will sign his new novel “The Bahama Triangle” at the Tri-City Latham Tennis Club, 944 New Loudon Road, Latham NY. ACC Lecture Series December 13: Lale Davidson and Laying the Groundwork for Novel Writing – QUEENSBURY – Dr. Lale Davidson, Professor of English at Adirondack Community College,Continue reading “Events on Wednesday, Dec. 13”

Sobol award news — winners to be published

This is from the Hillel Italie at the AP about the novel contest that costs $85 to enter. Note the final quotation from Sobol’s executive vice president ofcontest management, Sue Pollock, : “The Internet has been more difficult to penetrate than we had hoped.” A division of Simon & Schuster has agreed to publish theContinue reading “Sobol award news — winners to be published”

Richard Ford’s “Lay of the Land”

If you read my review of Ford’s book in Sunday’s Times Union, you know that I started the book with high hopes, and ended in disappointment. That, of course, is just me. Or is it? Having finished reading the book and writing the review, I allowed myself to read other reviews, and found the disconnectContinue reading “Richard Ford’s “Lay of the Land””

Audio Books: A confession

Hi. My name is Mike J. And I’m a fan of audio books. Now, some people don’t take audio books seriously. True, it isn’t reading, it’s listening. But isn’t that a kind of throwback to pre-literate days of childhood, of being read to by an adult? Or even further back, of an oral tradition that,Continue reading “Audio Books: A confession”