“JUSQU’AUBOUTISTE”: A Review of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

I never formally studied World War I in school, so it may be that most of what I know about the war comes from Stanley Kubrick’s film Paths of Glory. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know it has little to do with the war’s historical timeline, or the reasons for the war itself. It focuses […]

Literary Day Trips: Close to Home, Easy on the Wallet

Back at Christmas and New Years, I introduced you to two of our pages, author signings and writing groups. Today, I’ve posted an excerpt from our Georgia Authors’ Homes & Museums page. For the complete list, click on the heading, in red, on the top right hand corner of this page. Consider starting with the link […]

Blogs Are Old News (Part 2): Bad News and Good–A Look at the State of Digital Reporting

There are two strains in American print journalism. One is persuasive and opinion-based (like blogs); the other is sourced in fact and offers multiple perspectives (like metropolitan newspapers). In Part One of this series I traced the history of each, then promised to describe the current changes: opinion-based reporting is on the rise, while so-called […]

Book Club Evolved

The Pinetree Drive Good Neighbors Book Club, as conceived in 2007 by two good friends, was unique in design by most literary standards. Instead of reading and discussing one common title per month, the residents of the short street would be invited to read whatever they liked and convene monthly to present their choices via […]

2015: The Year of the Writer (You)

Quick–how many people do you know that are writing a book? I’ve lost count. Back when I started serious revisions to my own manuscript, I found it very helpful to join a critique group. Writers helping other writers–that’s what this page today is all about. It’s an excerpt (a very short excerpt) of the full […]

Introverts Living in an Extroverted World: A Review of Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet is a dichotomous and fascinating book that was written by Susan Cain in 2012. It includes extensive scientific research and years of studies about human nature on the topic of introversion, as well as the emotional and personal effects of introverted people trying to cope in an extroverted world. There are multiple messages for […]