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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Presque vu X

If you haven’t seen Marion Ettlinger’s Gallery, which consists of photographic portraits of writers, then now’s your chance. The gallery opens with a study of Truman Capote taken in 1982.


Over at Chekhov’s Mistress, another review of the Sony Reader:

At the fashionable yet oddly cold Sony store on Madison Avenue I checked out the much ballyhooed e-book reader. It’s light – much more so than even a paperback book – it’s readable – much more so than even a paperback book – and it’s amazingly functional – much more so than even a paperback book – but I’m afraid you can’t sit on it.


I went to a session at the central library here with Val McDermid and Jenny Roberts in conversation and reading from their books.

Val McDermid read a short story from her latest collection, Stranded (Flambard Press) and Jenny Roberts read from a work in progress, which is the first draft of a spy story. The spy story was compelling and full of suspense and frustrating because it’s not published yet and we’ll have to wait a long time for it.

Val McDermid was full of driven power and the kind of charisma which keeps you on the edge of your seat in case you might miss something she says.

That was lunchtime.


PRBlogger has listed the top 100 most influential blogs in the UK, based on Technorati data, and this blog comes in at number 75. I’ve never been on a list before.

3 Responses to “Presque vu X”

  1. Pearl says:

    Wow! Good for you John. That’s exciting.

    jb says: Yeah. I think so.

  2. John, congratulations on that listing!

    jb says: Strange, isn’t it? Sometimes things just come floating in out of the blue.

  3. Jennyta says:

    Congratulations, John. It gives you a bit of a boost when something like that happens.

    jb says: Thanks, Jenny. I was boosted, yeah . . .