Dream: Ragnar Relay 1

My next big race will be the Ragnar Relay, from Woodstock, NY, to Tarrytown, NY. I’m part of a six member team called The Magnificent 7 and each of us will run from 30 to 36 miles in our trek through the counties of “upstate” New York. I’m not really anxious about this race. However, ...

DailyLit 2

In my continuing effort to read as much as possible — I read physical books, own a Sony Reader, have my iPad on order, read Ed Lacy on my iPhone as well as subscribe to three literary journals — I have found yet another way to add to the plethora of reading methods available to ...

Happy Birthday, Harry

Happy Birthday, Harry
Photo courtesy the NYPL.

The biopic that needs to be 1

It’s been a rather busy week for me, both at work and writing. It’s meant very little time for posting here, so I’m sorry to the three of you who regularly read my blog that I haven’t updated much recently. So to make up for it I offer you this trailer for a movie that ...

Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones: So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were ...

Top Ten 1

There’s not much to say about this race except that I kicked its ass. The weather was, ironically, good for me, because only 2600 people showed up to run it the 4.9 mile course (NYRR 8000) in 40F weather with gusting winds up to 15 MPH (though the NYRR website shows only 7MPH winds). I ...

The Most Beautiful Book in the World by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The Most Beautiful Book in the World: And Other Stories by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt My rating: 3 of 5 stars In this collection of short stories, by the French author and filmmaker, character is held to the highest esteem. More importantly, though, these are stories about love. People in love. Marriages working and not working. Affairs ...

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann 1

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the best post September 11 book I’ve read, mostly because it doesn’t dwell on the events of that fateful day. Instead, McCann takes us back thirty-plus years to that fateful day in 1974 when Phillipe Petit strung a cable ...

Favorite Oscar moment

It occurred backstage, during a Q&A with Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges. It’s about 1:30 into this clip when he quotes the Dude: “Strikes and gutters, man.”

Quote of the Day

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert Heinlein To which my father might add, “And use an old towel.”