Profile: Bonny Wolf

Writer Explores Comforts, Community of Food
by Liane Hansen for NPR

“I moved to Capitol Hill probably 20 years ago, and one of the reasons I never left is Eastern Market,” Wolf says. “It’s the absolute center of the community.”

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Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview: James Hamilton Paterson

Not The Son My Father Wanted

by Lynn Barber for Guardian Unlimited Books

There is a looming danger that James Hamilton Paterson, just as he reaches retirement age, is about to become popular. This will certainly upset those devoted fans, including me, who have admired his writing for decades but hugged it as an exquisite secret to our chests. We were a tiny cult, but we liked our exclusivity. James H-P seemed to like it too – he never made the slightest eff ort to publicise his books by going on chat shows or submitting to interviews.”

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Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 12:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Review – Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

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Solider: The Life of Colin Powell is by Karen De Young

The Good Soldier

a review by Joseph Lelyveld for The New York Review of Books

“In September 1990, as the first President Bush was making up his mind to dispatch a large force to the Persian Gulf to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait, the powerful chairman of the Joint Chiefs was given a chance to make a case to his commander in chief that options short of all-out war had yet to be exhausted. The gist of Colin Powell’s argument was that a decision on war could wait, that economic sanctions, combined with a steady buildup of American forces in Saudi Arabia, might be enough to force Saddam Hussein to back down. That encounter in the Oval Office was set up and witnessed by Dick Cheney, the ever-taciturn defense secretary. ”

Read full review here.

Published in: on October 26, 2006 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

from BBC: Stephen Baxter on Writing Science Fiction

Science fiction writer Stephen Baxter wrote this column for the BBC Books website:

3 Random Baxter picks:

Published in: on October 22, 2006 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Essay: The Writing Life

THE WRITING LIFE

by Stephen King for The Washington Post

“About halfway through my latest novel, Jim Dooley, a dangerously unhinged literary stalker finds himself in the study of his idol, Scott Landon, a famous writer. Although Scott has been dead for nearly two years, Dooley is overcome with awe. “He deserved a nice place like this,” he tells Scott’s widow. “I hope he enjoyed it, when he wasn’t agonizin’ over his creations.”

Read full essay here.

Published in: on October 21, 2006 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Belated Review: One Phone Call Away

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by Emon for The Words Palette

Cold calling is more often than not neglected as a legitimate – and effective – way of networking. Not that a lot of people know what networking actually comprises. The term has been abused so much that nowadays folks pecreive it synonymous to the first step towards stalking. A common mistake networkers make is by staying within familiar grounds to seek new contacts so it enhances their chances of offering their services. A lot of us also suffer from the ‘What’s in it for me?’ disease.

Jeffrey Meshel‘s book One Phone Call Away breaks apart the many myths covering up the true meaning of networking, at the core of which lies the willingness to connect with others, no matter what their discipline. Deep linking, to use an analogy from the blog world, is the backbone of a master networker. Quite early in the book, Meshel states “It’s not who you know. It’s what you know about who you know.” Essentially, the book expands on that statement. There is an art to networking, no doubt, but Meshel’s book suggests the science of it is at the top of the priority list. Good read and inspiring – at least it has been for the reviewer.

Others who’ve reviewed the book.

Published in: on October 19, 2006 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interview: Michael Lewis

TACKLING MICHAEL LEWIS
by Dave Weich for Powell’s
‘In his debut, Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis described in hilarious detail how he stumbled into a job on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers, and what he found among “the king of traders.”

“Salomon Brothers really did make me alive to the way markets worked and how important they were,” Lewis explains.

The evidence is everywhere in his work, alongside a well honed talent for engaging portraiture. Lewis doesn’t so much write about business as the people who change it.’

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Published in: on October 18, 2006 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

from BBC: An Animated Charles Dickens Bio

Found this animanted bio of Dickens on BBC and thought it would be perfect for the blog to start off a series this blog.

Published in: on October 18, 2006 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Words Palette: Mission

The Words Palette is a place for expressionists who use words from a personal palette, regardless their nation, religion, culture, geography, history, and color to tell their stories. If you’re a wordsmith, a word sculptor, a painter of words, or someone who appreciates English language as it reveals itself to you, this is your place. Your home.

This entry is the first moments of an infant with a dream of one day speaking its mind. But first, this blogzine has to learn to listen, touch, feel, understand, and then…stand up. I don’t know how I will find you wonderful folks -both writers and readers- but I will. This blog has just opened its eyes after birth. And it’s crying and letting its presence known.

Published in: on October 15, 2006 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment