Categotry Archives: Literary

David Fos­ter Wal­lace: Fate, Time, and Language

The philosopher Richard Taylor began his argument in favor of fatalism utilizing six presuppositions commonly accepted at the time. Fatalism, the notion supporting the theory that human beings have no control over the future, was not a new idea in the 1960s. Hell, even Aristotle argued about the existence of free will. Anyone who remembers 11th grade American history class recalls the smug predestination philosophy of the Puritans. And then there’s the idea of God’s will, which one can substitute […]

The Endless Chain Pig Club Hammock Club Rules

Renewed interest in the Hammock Club results in Team Meeting scheduled for next week. Meet on Wednesday, usual time. Harvey Boyd – President Kenny L. Ashley – Vice-President Bud Hans – Scribe Gerald Glover – Treasurer 1. No smoking in hammock. 2. No burning of or lighting matches or candles. 3. 20 cents a month dues 

New York Times Newly Released Books for Oct. 25, 2012

Hooray for  Janis. Sister dear, friend divine… I love it when friends are recognized for brilliance, for hard work, for TALENT. Janis’s newest novel, American Ghost, is a great read and I heartily recommend it. It’s a bit historical fiction, a bit Southern Gothic and romance and a smidgen of mystery. My copy is an ebook, bought via Amazon and I read it on the Kindle Fire for the most part but did some reading on the iPad with the […]

Kindle Customers Get $$ Back in Settlement Case

I’ve been following the pricing of ebooks for quite a while and wondered when all of this would come to a head. Wondering when customers would get ahead… I purchase and download a couple books a week from Amazon so this is welcome news. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the iBook Author creations are moving along just spiffy keen and should be a book offer (a free one) coming up really soon. Dear Kindle Customer, We have good news. You […]

The Casual Vacancy

It is with much anticipation that I go out onto the front porch and pick up the cardboard box with the smile on the side. My latest Amazon order is here! It is JK Rowling’s adult book, The Casual Vacancy. There are no expectations here — other than a nice book to read throughout the forecasted next three days of rain. I figure Rowling should be able to tell an adult story with some finesse. It won’t take a lot to […]

MacEwan Bottles

On Southern Sin – 400 words, more or less

The most illuminating thought I had while contemplating whether or not I should spend countless hours writing and editing a 4,000 word essay on the topic Southern Sin and follow that with spending $20 – $25 to enter it in the Writing Lottery sponsored by Creative Nonfiction? I’m a secular humanist. “Sin” in the context of this literary lotto is a religious reference and one thing I am not is religious. The topic doesn’t resonate with me. Then I thought, […]

Morrow for Congress and back to artistic ventures

It seems that the whole hacking incident involving Deb Morrow’s twitter feed is now resolved. What a relief! Deb Morrow put it to rest. She exhibited grace under pressure and refrained from naming anyone suspected to be involved in the debacle. We’re pursuing every technological method to find out the origin of the message. As of yet, we have received no confirmation that anyone other than a young Republican in Washington D.C. even saw the original tweet. Once we have […]

Sean Bertran

Earlier this week, I alleged Sean Bertran hacked Deb Morrow’s Twitter account and tweeted slurs against her opponent in an effort to draw attention to himself and to drag Deb Morrow’s name through the dirt. It’s just the sort of dirty politics some young kid just out of college who’s never had a real job except lifeguard-ing would do… what a little cuntknuckle Sean Bertran is… –redact– nah… he didn’t… update time — Sean doesn’t know enough about computer code, […]

A Bit of Uncle Virgil: Today’s Edits

This bit of Uncle Virgil is based on a true story. The dog came out of the ordeal no worse for wear, so don’t get your panties in a wad over animal cruelty. Brownie truly did run too fast to catch so all’s we could do was watch. Trash Virgil didn’t notice the aerosol can wrapped in old newspapers at the bottom of the trash box filled with the remnants of a Saturday afternoon cleaning frenzy. The box sat next […]

Editing Uncle Virgil, 2012 rewrites on a novel written in early 1990s, the enovel experience

Bringing “Uncle Virgil” out of the closet after all these years is proving more difficult than I’d imagined. The Arkansas tale was written back in the late 1980s through 1992 and edited in detail last in 1996. The voice went from omniscient narrator to third-person to first-person, the main female protagonist became Mama, switching to Aunt Katherine and then back again to Mama. Cratch, the mailman, remained constant but now, the fanatic Lawrence Trueblood and his mother The Sainted Carlotta […]