This Non-Fiction Better Than Fiction
Ann Hood was a published author and he was a wanna-be writer, Michael Ruhlman just up and shouted her name at a Vermont writers conference in 1988. After that awkward intro they did not meet for 20 years, while she gained more fame and he became
a writer. Then at a 2008 writers conference, where they were both scheduled to speak, he stunned her again, announceing to a room crowded with writers that he had been in love with her for 20 years. They married in NYC after he gave her an
engagement ring with an oyster pearl he bit into last year. Their romance is a 3/4-page story in the NYT and probably a book in the making. Even for writers, it's hard to make up such stuff.
We should argue...
We should argue not to win, but to learn...
If only to learn how little our opponent knows.-cpt
Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX,
and the investor Warren E. Buffett are said to be avid readers. Mr. (Bill) Gates once said that “reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
In a recent interview with Forbes, Mr. Gates’
father, William H. Gates Sr., said his son devoured all kinds of books as a boy, including encyclopedias and science fiction. “I was thrilled that my child was such an avid reader, but he read so much that Bill’s mother and I had to institute a
"No books at the dinner table,” he said."--"Where the Richest Come From" by Michael Corkery, "The York Times, Feb. 26, 2017
"I try to keep deep love out of my stories because, once that particular subject comes up, it is almost impossible to talk about anything else. Readers don’t want to hear about anything else. They go gaga about love. If a lover
in a story wins his true love, that’s the end of the tale, even if World War III is about to begin, and the sky is black with flying saucers."--Kurt Vonnegut,in The Paris Review, Courtesy NY Public Library) Read more at http://www.historyniche.com
2016 sales of "traditionally published" books: Print 793.1 million; E-books 221.5 million; Digital audio books 30.9 million--From "Author Earnings"
While some of us are still trying to get a grip on
the past, Yuval Noah Harari has written what he titled "A Brief History of Tomorrow." All about algorithms. Ambitious.
The Library of Americahas offered a two-volume collection of writers who covered WWII. It includes nearly
200 pieces by 80 writers recording events from Munich to the birth of the atomic bomb. Included are works by Bill Mauldin, Ernie Pyle, Margaret Bourke-White, John Hershey, William Shirer, Edward R. Murrow, Martha Gellhorn, and dozens of other outstanding journalists,
Dr. Christina Vella of New Orleans, author of five histories and adjunct professor at Tulane, died 3/22/17. She wrote
• “Intimate Enemies,”a biography. The New York Times said “Christina Vella
has done a spectacular job of excavating the historical record” of New Orleans’ Baroness de Pontalba.
• “The Hitler Kiss,” a memoir of a Czech resistance fighter;
• “Indecent Secrets,” an account of a
1901 murder trial in Italy;
• “George Washngton Carver: A Life,” a biography of the celebrated scientist;
• A biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey
was the 2016 recipient of the Louisiana Writer Award from the State Library of Louisiana