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reviewed How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fa.... August 29, 2013
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark
To communicate with power and a few words is a valuable skill. Journalist and writing instructor Roy Peter Clark has served the writing community with HOW TO WRITE SHORT. I enjoyed this book and believe …
posted a Quick Tip about Hunter S. Thompson. March 20, 2013
Hunter S. Thompson
In correspondence, literature and journalism, HST exhaustively explicated the slope, crest and break of American civilization's thrilling, reprobate 20th century prepotency. His oeuvre is an invaluable …
posted a Quick Tip about Michael Lewis. January 22, 2012
posted in Business Matters
Michael Lewis
An author with a great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed his latest book Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World and finished it at one go. An excellent read. Moneyball & The Big Short are some …
posted a Quick Tip about Christopher Hitchens. December 16, 2011
Christopher Hitchens
First of all, what moron writes up these descriptions? Christopher Hitchens was never an actor! (Holy shit, Richard Dawkins is also classified that way too for some reason.) Now, Hitchens the theologist …
reviewed Under Fire: Journalists in Combat. November 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
Star Rating:         Dedication is required of any journalist, but it takes a special kind of reporter to film and photograph war zones as they rage uncontrollably. I’m …
posted a Quick Tip about Katie Couric. March 26, 2011
Katie Couric
So now we learn that Katie Couric's tenure as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" will be ending within a couple of months. She never should have gotten the job in the first place. She is a fine interviewer …
posted a Quick Tip about Helen Thomas. August 15, 2010
posted in Public Policy
Helen A. Thomas
I thought journalist were suppose to be unbiased? She stayed way past her prime. She is the crazy grandmother at your Thanksgiving day table. After she rants and leaves the room you all look around at …
posted a Quick Tip about The Angel's Game (book). June 28, 2010
Angel's Game
A strange novel, but enjoyable nonetheless by the author of Shadow of The Wind.
posted a Quick Tip about Helen Thomas. June 09, 2010
Helen A. Thomas
A dame (some may say relic) of the old-fashioned journalistic style which clearly is not as accepted today as it once was. Too bad she was forced to retire -- I'm sure despite her comments, she is inherently …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. May 29, 2010
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
Gus Carpenter returns to his hometown of Starvation Lake after working as a reporter in Detroit and getting into trouble by withholding the source of one of his stories.  He currently runs "The …
posted a Quick Tip about The Angel's Game (book). May 28, 2010
Angel's Game
Very readable, even in translation. I liked it better reading it then I did a couple days after I had finished when I was reflecting on it
reviewed The Angel's Game (book). May 25, 2010
Angel's Game
   Zafon’s writing is just bloody perfect.  His first novel translated into english became a personal favorite upon reading the first 50 pages and this one is no different.  Zafon …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. December 13, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
The plan was to leave Starvation Lake, Michigan and never come back. But 1998 finds Augustus Carpenter, known to all as "Gus" back home after his successful newspaper career exploded on him in Detroit. …
posted a Quick Tip about Gwen Ifill. November 23, 2009
Gwen Ifill
Loved Queen Latifah's portrayal of her on SNL!
posted a Quick Tip about Gwen Ifill. November 23, 2009
Gwen Ifill
An accomplished journalist and host of "Washington Week". Would have been my choice to succeed Tim Russert on "Meet The Press".
posted a Quick Tip about Rachel Maddow. September 02, 2009
Rachel Maddow
rachel, thank you for saying what needs to be said :)
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. August 18, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
Chicago Wall Street Journal bureau chief Gruley has hit on a winning combination for his debut novel - visceral amateur hockey and in-your-face small-town newspapering.    Narrator …
reviewed The Angel's Game (book). July 06, 2009
Angel's Game
   David Martin is an aspiring writer who goes to work for a newspaper, writing a serialized tale that becomes very popular in Barcelona.  He is forced to write under a pseudonym so nobody …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. May 07, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
This book has a very "Mystic River" feel to it. Even the titles are similar as they both reference bodies of water. Gus Carpenter is a reporter for the local newspaper (The Pilot). One day he spies the …
reviewed Look Again (book). April 22, 2009
Look Again
Ellen Gleeson is a busy single mom and newspaper reporter, and despite the fact that layoffs at the newspaper loom on the horizon, ratcheting up the stress another notch, she believes that her life is …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. April 10, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
Brief Synopsis:  The small town of Starvation Lake has had better days. Due to Coach Blackburn raising up a bunch of kids from the town into a competitor for the state hockey title, Starvation …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. March 26, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
Starvation Lake by Bryan Gulley is the first in what promises to be a good series involving Gus Carpenter, editor of the Starvaton Lake newspaper. Starvation Lake is a small town in Michigan, replete …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. March 14, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
I had a feeling that I would really enjoy Starvation Lake. I have spent several years in northern Michigan plus I am a big fan of hockey... "Starvation Lake' fuses these together into a murder mystery. …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. March 11, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
I've always enjoyed mysteries. The problem is that there seem to be more cliches per page in the genre than in almost any other. Not so with journalist Bryan Gruley's first novel though, which is why …
reviewed Starvation Lake: A Mystery. March 11, 2009
Starvation Lake: A Mystery
BRIEF SYNOPSIS:  The small town of Starvation Lake has had better days. Due to Coach Blackburn raising up a bunch of kids from the town into a competitor for the state hockey title, Starvation …
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