Views & Reviews

I Am Waiting

image of Lawrenbce Ferlinghetti in 1959

It was the poet Wordsworth who said that in getting and spending we lay waste our powers.  These days, Lord knows, I still do plenty of spending.  As far as “getting” is concerned, well, I’m still getting up every morning—does … Read more »

Loose Ends: More Mockingbird, Olaf Olaffson, Margaret Wise Brown, Marcia Sartwell

Photo of Mockingbird author Harper Lee.

Fairly frequently I notice that a topic Kaze or I have blogged about turns up a few weeks down the road featured in another media outlet. Now, I’m under no illusion that the editors of the world are mining 317am … Read more »

Romance Novels: My Happy-Ending Problem

Photo of British TV version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

In yesterday’s post about McDaniel College’s new program in genre fiction, I wrote myself out onto a high ledge by voicing my knee-jerk scorn of the romance novel. I was speaking, of course, from the point of view of a … Read more »

Next, an Endowed Chair in Bodice-Ripping?

Book cover of a Nora Roberts novel.

The older I get the more I think Karl Marx may have had it right when he wrote, “All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned,” and so on. A jaw-dropper of an article by … Read more »

Anatomy of a Murder Revisited

The movie's poster.

The estimable Criterion Collection has issued a new high-def edition of Anatomy of a Murder, a classic courtroom drama that I first saw as a kid when it came out in 1959. Remembering this as a fabulous movie, I wanted … Read more »

Characters as Chess Pieces: Nabokov and The Luzhin Defense

Book cover for The Luzhin Defense

Author’s Note: Fiction writer Howard Cincotta wrote today’s Ras-curated guest post. The image of the author as puppet or chess master, coolly manipulating his or her characters – or even sacrificing them to the demands of the story – is … Read more »