How Cool Works in America Today

By David Brooks If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool. The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never eager or needy, but instead…Read more How Cool Works in America Today


Remember that Joni Mitchell song about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot? That song always springs to mind when I read about utopia, which, according to dictionaries, is an imaginary place where everything is perfect. I remember reading about the utopias set up, supposedly, by anarchist idealists when, in point of…Read more YELLOW TAXI

Starman Science

Writing a science fiction story... involves imagining something you cannot possibly experience but facilitating the reader's ability to suspend their belief and take the journey with you. Science fiction is a genre I have read but not on a scale that could put me in a room for a discussion with a devoted Trekkie, for…Read more Starman Science

Finnegans Wake: Book 1.4 — Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

This chapter finds our eponymous hero Here Comes Everybody seemingly having a dream that he is dead, or a dream that he is Finnegan (who may or may not be dead, despite the fact he has clearly had a wake). Could be both. There is mention of traitors at the wake and HCE is conscious…Read more Finnegans Wake: Book 1.4 — Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

TITO’S DEAD but I’m alive

This is the history of a book Three years ago, October 2011, I posted the eighth chapter of Tito's Dead  a novel I began writing in 2004, finished in 2005 and put aside then, for the best part of six years, in Splinter4All, a writers' website to which I contribute. Then, following occasionally haranguing encouragement…Read more TITO’S DEAD but I’m alive

water charges, being an artist and who’s listening

So I went out for a drink the other night with a friend of mine, a very successful person in his own business, with all the accompanying problems related to a successful, independent business in this country and he says to me, 'water charges will come in, it's the way it is, Irish people are…Read more water charges, being an artist and who’s listening

Who’s the Boss?

I've been listening to I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss by Sinead O'Connor before I'm overwhelmed by comments and misguided reviews. Of those, I've read a few. Some spoke of a new maturity while others toyed with the notion of Sinead, the auteur, creating 'characters' with and about whom she can spin tales of forlorn…Read more Who’s the Boss?

The Rules of Writing…

  KURT VONNEGUT JR put it very simply. Paraphrasing him, he said, 'there are no rules.' Well, he didn't quite say that but I've learned a lot about writing from Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut outlined eight basic criteria for telling a story, well. He called it 'Creative Writing 101'. Here they are... Use the time of…Read more The Rules of Writing…

Breaking Facebook rules…

Facebook Pages are an easy, cheap and relatively efficient way of reaching a local, target audience, assuming, of course, that you fall on the right side of completely annoying. Every self publishing author will tell you, Facebook, Twitter, blogger, these are the routes to getting about your presence and the book you've just published. Tell…Read more Breaking Facebook rules…