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Svetlana Alexievich, Chernobyl and the Nobel Prize

By on Oct 24, 2015 in Book Reviews, Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 5 comments

Svetlana Alexievich Svetlana Alexievich wrote Voices from Chernobyl: A History of a Nuclear Disaster, a compilation of the stories of many people tied together by one uncomfortable fact; they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were there when the Chernobyl plant...

Ralph Ellison: King of the Bingo Game and Invisible Man

By on Jul 24, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 12 comments

Ralph Ellison, author of the week in my Wednesday Writing Group, wrote "King of the Bingo Game" in 1944, eight years before the publication of his monumental novel, Invisible Man. The story was an incubator for many of the techniques that grew to maturity in Invisible...

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Up Close and Personal

By on May 21, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 8 comments

In my opinion One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a masterpiece of...

Memorable Literary Characters plus a lot of stuff about Pushkin

By on Jan 28, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

I have a great love of research. I think I would have been perfectly happy in life if I could have done research my whole life. I don’t seem to be able to stop myself. For example, this morning the Google search page had a photograph of Zora Neale Hurston. When I saw her face, I was reminded of the work she did to write down and preserve the stories and the era before they were lost. She was a social scientist and an excellent fiction writer.  I especially remembered a character from her....   [Read...