The End of Publishing

I’ve told the story before and it’s true: One of my favorite professors at university announced to his class of aspiring young writers that Moby Dick is a novel; all the rest are just entertainments. While I agree with the sentiment of this, I might substitute Madame Bovary for the great white whale.

Yet there’s still a problem. Let’s face it, with few exceptions. all the rest are not really entertaining.

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Remember Rod McKuen

I was reminded that tomorrow is the day they expect that the Nobel Prize for Literature will be revealed. Sometimes I have a keen interest in these prizes; more often I skip the excitement. I don’t think it’s because I disagree with the selection committee (I often do) but more that I find awards ceremonies of questionable value. Hey, I don’t even follow the Academy Awards, the NFL standings, or the Jersey tomato weigh-off.

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Reading Is Important

I found this little blurb at the site dealing with the Secrets of Self Development:

Reading is important because it develops our thoughts,
gives us endless knowledge and lessons to read while
keeping our minds active. Reading books can help us
learn, understand and makes us smarter. Not to mention
the knowledge, vocabulary expansion and thinking skills
we develop, so read a good book today!

images.jpgI try to suggest an intriguing new title each day, a book that caught my eye and one which I would be reading tomorrow if it weren’t that there were so many books I want to read .. tomorrow and the next day and three years from now. We all know about people who don’t or can’t read and that is sad . As Dr. Seuss tells us: “The more that you read, The more things you will know. The more that you learn, The more places you’ll go.”.

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