Book Review: Reality Radio - December 14, 2011

Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound is a collection of essays about radio, written by highly regarded contemporary practitioners, including Ira Glass (This American […]

So, You Want to Write a Screenplay? (or Novel) - September 21, 2011

Ok, so I sit down to start writing my novel. I have an idea of my main character (usually some thinly disguised version of… me). […]

Audiobook Review: The Help - August 16, 2011

I loaded my IPod with audiobooks before heading out on my summer vacation this month. A couple stand out as excellent audiobooks (where the book […]

Review: The (audio) Book of Negroes - July 26, 2011

Book of Negroes by another name Audiobooks are easy to produce, but hard to do well. That’s why it’s worth mentioning when a production stands […]

Book Review: The War of Art - July 11, 2011

I’ve been struggling to finish a couple of songs (singer-songwriter stuff in the folk-pop/Americana tradition). I mentioned this to a friend, and he smiled knowingly […]

Dear Plutocrat, Please Accept My Friend Request - January 14, 2011

I grew up in an era (I was 15 in ’85) when the general consensus was that class was dead. In fact the concept ‘class’ […]

Audiobook Review: An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin, read by Campbell Scott - November 30, 2010

For some reason, Steve Martin’s writing makes for great audiobooks. Perhaps it was all his years doing stand up, mastering timing and cadence. His writing […]

Joe Bageant – Redneck Agitator - November 3, 2010

“The Tea Party is a media spectacle to make working people believe they have power” — Joe Bageant. The question for a lot of liberal-minded […]

A Month With My Kindle 3 — The E-Book Experience - October 27, 2010

Carry all the books you want — easily! When I bring up e-books in conversation, some get  uneasy, and feel compelled to praise the printed […]

Book Review: The Gendarme, by Mark T. Mustian - October 17, 2010

Empowered by my new Kindle, I’m reading way more than ever. Most recently, I finished The Gendarme, a novel by Mark T. Mustian. It’s a […]

Psychology vs. Neuroscience – The Nature-Nurture Debate v.2.0 - September 29, 2010

Once again, a stand-out podcast comes out of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. On All in the Mind — a discussion and debate on different approaches […]

Holding Scientists Accountable for the Bomb - September 28, 2010

The Manhattan Project led to the creation of the atomic bomb, and the eventual use of it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Not to mention the […]

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism - September 27, 2010

The world financial meltdown has spurned on a new interest in re-thinking capitalism and markets. It is clear we need to change something, but what? […]

Kindle 3 vs. Kobo: A Hands-On Comparison of E-Readers - September 18, 2010

Addendum, August 23, 2011 – The New touch-Kobo has arrived… pretty cool… this review is for the old one… Addendum, Oct 27, 2010 – see […]

Jonathan Franzen Reads from His New Novel, “Freedom” - September 14, 2010

There’s a lot of talk about Freedom, Jonathan Franzen’s followup novel to The Corrections. Apparently TIME Magazine will be putting him on the cover of […]

Short Story: The Tenant, by Wells Tower - September 12, 2010

Author Wells Tower The New Yorker ran a fiction issue called “20 under 40” – highlighting short fiction by ‘younger’ writers. “The Tenant”, by Canadian-born […]