Albany Journal – 7/14/12

Albany has plenty of places where one can do his or her grocery shopping.  Just beyond where I live, only a couple of blocks away, is the local Price Chopper.  Some of us use the title of “Price Gouger” to describe this place, as not too many people in the area ever get out of… More

Albany Journal – 7/13/12

There is so much burnt grass on the lawns of homes that it seems like the big Northeast is in a drought along with the rest of the breadbasket of the Midwest and Texas.  We haven’t seen a drop of rain in days – to the point where the weather man on television says that… More

The X’s and Y’s of It

Professor X noticed Student X weaving down the hallway towards him.  Drunk, perhaps?  Not Student X, thought Professor X.  There must be some other explanation.  And so he intercepted him as he veered toward a corkboard scrambled with out-of-date announcements.  Are you OK, Professor X asked, looking into Student X’s saucered eyes.  Oh yes, said… More

Guide to the Guides

In this installment of Guide to the Guides, I’ll be giving some notes on Technique in Fiction by Robie Macauley and George Lanning. Just to be clear, I’m basing this on the hardcover of the second edition published in 1987; there was a paperback version of the second edition that came out in 1990, but… More

Albany Journal – 7/12/12

I went to the Wirters Institute last night not expecting much.  But I found something much better – Rossana Warren and her wonderful, skillful poetry, and Margot Livesey’s incredibly well-written novel.  The writer Honor Moore introduced Warren, and as it turned out, I found Warren’s work to  rely upon the postulates and axioms of sound, bringing… More

Walden Deck

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living… More