About Writing

When I started to put up episodes of GRRR on Vella I had to do some searching to find it in Word format and start breaking it into pieces so I could upload it. I also wanted to do some minor updating of the material, if needed. In the process of searching for a complete […]

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War Over Lemuria

This is “sort of” a book review– but not really. It’s really going to be an essay about the subject of a book, but a long and glorious tradition of literary smarm has made it okay for me to just write any damn thing I want about this book and get away with it. How […]

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Vocabulary Blurring

Is there a difference between “glistening” and “glittering?” I’m not asking to find out the answer. I’m asking to see if any of you lot know the answer. I KNOW the answer. How about smacking and slapping? Jogging and trotting? How about any two damn words that are “similar” in meaning and in appearance? Are […]

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Landmark Books

When I was twelve, Landmark Books were serious history. I read Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, or The Flying Tigers, or Great American Fighters Pilots and I was pretty damned impressed, I can tell you. I’m still impressed. I found these books on eBay or in antique shops and I bought them to read. That’s right–I read […]

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Book Review: The Rising Sun

Every now and then I drift into Pacific War territory. I have a healthy variety of interests. Dinosaurs. Pirates. The Knights of the Round Table.The Old West. World Wars. Star Trek. And, from time to time, the war in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. When one of these spells comes over me I read […]

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Robert M. Pirsig: 1928-2017

Robert Pirsig died a couple of weeks ago and it wasn’t big news. I can imagine that the LAST thing “the powers that be” would want is a resurgence in sales of Pirsig’s books. When I broke down and bought a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the book was still relatively […]

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