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Ten Good Bits of Advice for Fiction Writers

Ten Good Bits of Advice for Fiction Writers

I am not big on self-help books or article on “how to write”. I am of the school holding that “the only rule is that there are no rules.” I’m with Hemingway; if the writer is honest and the story is well-told, it will come through to the reader. Raymond Chandler is not the same …

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WRITING ABOUT SUICIDE IN FICTION

WRITING ABOUT SUICIDE IN FICTION

America has been rocked by the sudden deaths by their own hands of two celebrities, Anthony Bourdin and Kate Spade. Neither seemed a likely candidate for suicide. Both were accomplished, talented professionals who appeared be enjoying life to its fullest. These tragedies came a little less than four years after that of Robin Williams, a …

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FREEDOM AND MEMORIAL DAY, 2018

FREEDOM AND MEMORIAL DAY, 2018

I saw a friend’s Facebook post on eating a hot dog at the ballpark, and followed the ensuing discussion on the best way to consume this iconic American delicacy. The sausage industry has weighed in on this controversial issue: Click here to read the “experts’” advice on how to eat a hot dog. And let …

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CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT

CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT

CHINESE ARTISTS STAND UP TO THEIR GOVERNMENT A few months ago I posted on what responses American artists might offer in reaction to a repressive political movement in our country. Even wrote a short story on the subject. (Perhaps I’ll even post it.) Looks like artists in China have risen to the occasion.  Click the …

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INTERVIEW WITH SID FRISCHER, BANGKOK ARTIST AT LARGE

INTERVIEW WITH SID FRISCHER, BANGKOK ARTIST AT LARGE

                                              ( c ) STEPHEN SHAIKEN 2018 I met Sid Frischer at the meditation group I attend Monday evenings, Little Bangkok Sangha. While Phra Pandit teaches Thai Buddhist meditation, or Theravada, Sid and …

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