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Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

August 20, 2010 0

Coverings: Best and Worst

By in The Arts, Writing

Introduction: I read books, and as a consequence I look at a lot of them. I look at more books than I read, in fact! Sometimes looking at books makes me want to say things about what I see. So there will be an ongoing series on this blog to talk about book cover design. [...]

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August 7, 2010 0

Rules to Write By/Rules to Drink BY

By in Drink, Food and Drink, Society, The Arts, Writing

It is summer, I just got married, and I am a writer, so lately many of my days involve A) drinking, B) writing, or C) both. Lucky me! Lately everyone has advice about these activities! First, there is the NYT essay, which is delightful — and now, a Jezebel article, which makes me want to [...]

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July 15, 2010 0

RITA: Kinsale, Kinsale, and Chase

By in Romance, Travel, Writing

I’ve been going strong on my RITA reading, but somehow or other (wedding, honeymoon) have fallen behind on the actual writing-up of my thoughts. So this post is going to tackle two RITA winners — plus, a bonus book! — for reasons that should become obvious. Ultimately, what I’ve taken away from these three books [...]

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July 13, 2010 0

Women Like Writing, But Nobody Writes Like Women.

By in Ladies, Society, The Arts, Writing

Internet personality quizzes are my Achilles heel. I enjoy finding out what interval best embodies my complex individuality (major 7th, as it happens) and what the shape of my letter A’s says about me on a fundamental level. If I’d been around in the late eighteenth century I would have been totally into phrenology, though [...]

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April 27, 2010 0

E-reader Ads and Gender Bias: A Rebuttal

By in Gentlemen, Ladies, Society, The Arts, Writing

So lately — on Shakespeare’s birthday, in fact — there was this Huffpo post by Jason Pinter, which then meandered through the blogosphere until it reached my habitual environs (NPR’s delightful Monkey See Blog). The article alleges that there are not enough books for men because of a publishing mantra: men don’t read. So there [...]

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April 27, 2010 0

RITA: Julie Garwood’s The Bride

By in Ladies, Romance, Writing

My first form-specific look at a past RITA award winner: The Bride, by Julie Garwood. First off, I must explain that this is one of the first romance novels I read growing up. And it is definitely the one I’ve reread most often: probably upwards of a hundred times, easily. There are scenes and sentences [...]

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April 15, 2010 0

Ready to Read the RITAs? Right!

By in Ladies, Romance

In more than one bookstore, you can find lists of Hugo and Nebula award winners posted in the science fiction/fantasy sections. Displays of the recent Pulitzer winners are currently everywhere. Man Booker Awards, American Book Awards, National Book Awards — these will all be noted on shelf cards or pointed out. The reason for this [...]

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