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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in August 2008

An open letter to God from Michael Moore

Dear God, The other night, the Rev. James Dobson’s ministry asked all believers to pray for a storm on Thursday night so that the Obama acceptance speech outdoors in Denver would have to be canceled . . more . .

Looking to be understood?

You know when Faulkner was at the height of his career Newsweek magazine still referred to him as a farmer. When Melville died, his wife put on his gravestone, “Herman Melville, writer.” And everybody thought it was touching that she actually thought he was a writer! They were so moved by it, they said, “Now, that’s real loyalty!”

Sailing Away

When we pulled away from the Tyne the sea was already boiling up in what they call a swell. And as the evening drew on and land receded into invisibility the cubism of these shifting planes of water gave way to white-tops and eventually a gale that bumped us along the surface of the ocean. […]


I’ve been tucked away in a corner of Norway’s tiny Kure Fjord for the last few weeks, but today I’m in the relative civilization of Oslo and taking a quick opportunity to catch up with my blog. Took around two hours to go through the accumulated comments. I didn’t reply to many of the comments […]

The Lost Generation – Happy Days

With thanks and acknowledgements to Hemingway’s Paris and Jacob Russell’s Barking Dog But if your browser won’t let you watch the video, goto YouTube and watch it there.