Writing as sacrament: meet Deacon Ron Hansen

When my worlds collide: a former colleague of mine from CBS News, Bob Faw, profiles Catholic writer and deacon, Ron Hansen for the fine PBS program “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.” It’s superb.  Just watch. Watch Catholic Writer Ron Hansen on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

Peggy Noonan jumps into the blogosphere

I noticed this the other day, and wondered when she had started blogging. I presume it was just in time for the conventions.  Politico notes: Out the gate, Noonan’s actually proven to have a great knack for the medium — mix of opinion and reporting, first-person informal, relatively frequent. Not bad for a 61-year-old veteran [Read More...]

The write stuff: Bulwer-Lytton winners announced!

And here’s a good one, winner in the category of Vile Puns: Though they were merely strangers on a train, as she looked North by Northwest though the rear window, Marnie knew beyond a shadow of a doubt the trouble with Harry was that he was a psycho – his left and right hand middle [Read More...]

How to turn your Mac into a noisy old typewriter

Read all about it.  And check out the video below.  I’m in love.  Clackity clackity clackity clack. [Read more...]

They remember Nora

The stars came out in the afternoon in New York City today — all to pay tribute to writer/director/friend to everyone, Nora Ephron. Details: Of course there were recipes — different recipes in the programs the ushers handed out. One was for coconut macaroons. “Makes about 22,” it said. That would not have been enough [Read More...]

Nevermore: did you know you can actually see the raven that inspired Poe?

I sure didn’t. Details: When it comes to literary greats, inspiration can come from anywhere. For famed gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, one idea came from a raven, which inspired his famous poem of the same name about the foreboding bird. Now that little black muse is enshrined in a history exhibit for all to [Read More...]

"The world is charged with the grandeur of God": Happy Birthday, Gerard Manley Hopkins

In tribute, a great poet reads a great poem by another great poet. Stanley Kunitz pays tribute.  The final lines remain among the most beautiful and hope-filled ever written.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

RIP John Chervokas, "squeezable" Catholic

The man who came up with the idea to tell the world “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” has died. Obituaries note that in addition to coining one of the most enduring advertising slogans ever, ad executive John Chervokas also wrote books on spirituality and prayer that included “Patient Prayers” and “Pinstripe Prayers, or How to [Read More...]

The color purple: prose (and cons) from the Bulwer-Lytton prize

Well, this one didn’t nab the top prize, but it should have: “As his small boat scudded before a brisk breeze under a sapphire sky dappled with cerulean clouds with indigo bases, through cobalt seas that deepened to navy nearer the boat and faded to azure at the horizon, Ian was at a loss as to why he [Read More...]

Take heart: famous authors who didn't give up

Ready to throw in the towel? Consider a few well-known writers who didn’t. For example: Feel glum over oodles of rejection letters? Get this: John Grisham’s first novel was rejected 25 times. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) received 134 rejections. Beatrix Potter had so much trouble publishing The Tale [Read More...]


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