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Loaves of bread, publishing houses and the life of a cop: Joseph Wambaugh speaks

Joseph Wambaugh is a rarity in the publishing world. The Los Angeles detective-turned-best-selling author no longer accepts an advance for his books. It’s a matter of principle.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: Love, friends and hope

It took me about 30 pages to get into a rhythm with “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” but once I did, I found it charming, heart-warming and full of good will.


Writing Lessons: Charlotte Perkins Gilmore gives a master class in horror and irony

Even though I  majored in English and took several short story courses, I had never heard of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) until a Labor Day weekend road trip.


‘Hothouse Orchid’ marred by sloppy writing, editorial mistakes

You’d think an author with over 40 best-selling books to his credit would have learned to pay attention to continuity; or have an assistant to handle “first reader duties”; or have an editorial staff with someone who looks for continuity errors.


Battle for America 2008: Two veterans deliver a master class in journalism – and let their readers decide the rest

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we got three television channels: KLTV-Channel 7 from Tyler, KVTV-Channel 11 from Dallas and KSLA-Channel 12 from Shreveport/Texarkana. They came in only if the weather was cloudy, and the antenna was turned just right. My grandfather was the pressroom foreman for the Dallas Morning News, so we also used it as part of our window on the world.

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