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...]

"Hey, Boo": the story of our "national novel"

My old CBS colleague Mary Murphy has just produced what looks like a fascinating documentary about Harper Lee and the impact of her one great work, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  The movie is unspooling around the country right now — opening in New York this Friday — and the Los Angeles Times has a preview: [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It’s about permanence, not being able to hit delete. You have to have some conviction in your thoughts. And that’s my whole philosophy of typewriters.” – Louis Smith, 28, of Brooklyn. Read the whole story. [Read more...]

Coming to Philly: "Phaith"

Another big change in the Catholic media landscape, as a venerable Philadelphia newspaper goes from a weekly to a monthly: Beginning in September local Catholics will have a new publication to look for in their mailboxes. Phaith — a monthly magazine — will be mailed free of charge to every registered Catholic home in the [Read More...]

I'm guessing it won't be the Year of Grammar

“Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” – Wording on invitation to Apple event, reportedly launching the next generation iPad [Read more...]

"Alive Together": a poem for Valentine's Day

Okay.  I know it’s a little early.  But I couldn’t resist.  I discovered this poem the other day and thought it was too good not to pass along in time for World Marriage Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day.  Share it with someone you love.  Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when [Read More...]

"Dear"-ly departed: a vanishing salutation

Another sign of the times: it turns out that “Dear” is becoming, in popular e-mail correspondence, a four-letter word. From the Wall Street Journal: When Abraham Lincoln wrote to Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863, after a key victory during the Civil War, he began his letter, “My dear General.” When Giselle Barry emailed a [Read More...]