WHIMSICAL WONDERS: REJECTION LETTERS AND BAD REVIEWS TO LIGHTEN A WRITER’S HEART.

Book reviews of Atlantic High by William F. Buckley Jr. (Little, Brown and Company, 1982), and Lexicon of Musical Invective by Nicholas Slonimsky (University of Washington, 1965). Buckley and Slonimsky were leading intellectuals of the twentieth century. Buckley was a conservative political theorist, author, TV anchor and editor of The National Review, while Slonimsky was …

A DIFFERENT WAY OF BEING HUMAN: MP3/VINYL release of music by Ruth Anderson

Dear Friends and Readers, Today I want to tell you about a meditative sound experience that for me is made for our present homebound anxieties. Disclaimer: I took a composition course with Ruth Anderson for my MA degree in Music Performance at Hunter College. I received an ARC MP3 from the producer. Here is a …

WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN AND RELEVANT TODAY…

THAN THE 1868 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BY VICTORIA WOODHULL TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT? Ulysses S. Grant?  Horatio Seymour? They don’t faze Victoria. Women don’t even have the vote. But Victoria has a mission to enlighten the entire population at a moment, just after the civil war, when everything seemed possible. Naked Truth, Carrie Hayes’s …

Ivoryton Library

Dear Friends and Readers, The evening was tremendous fun. I managed Renaissance costume, imagine! Maybe that helped sell lots of books. A shout out to Christina Britton Conroy, who helped me choose my dress and headgear from The Pyramid Collection and Etsy, respectively (Everyone asks).  It was a warm crowd, with engaged questions. It’s really …

Review!

Exciting thoughtful recent review form thriller and historical fiction author Gray Basnight. Do check out his novels. Deep appreciation for such an attentive reading. Gray Basnight’s review Jan 23, 2020 Read 2 times. Meticulous research and a smart writing style combine for a story of 16th Century intrigue, espionage, and lust within the courts of …

Plagues, Theatres, and Deception: Part 3/3 (or, Are You Sick and Tired of Chocolates and Red Hearts?)

MIRACLE PLAGUES WITHOUT CASUALTIES Dear friends and readers, here’s my concluding on how Elizabeth and her councillors managed each other during political turmoil. My material comes from Barbara Freedman’s superb article Protest, Plague and Plays: Rereading the “Documents of Control.” English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 26 # 1, Winter 1996. University of Chicago Press. Elizabeth was …

Plagues, Theatres, and Deception: Part 2/3

Dear friends and readers, here’s my continuation on how Elizabeth and her councillors managed each other during political turmoil in the 1580s and 90s. I have drawn my material from Barbara Freedman’s superb article Protest, Plague and Plays: Rereading the “Documents of Control.” English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 26 # 1, Winter 1996. University of Chicago …