25 Years Inside the Internet

Anniversaries always provide a convenient time to reflect, especially so now that we're all trapped helplessly inside our homes while a fricking virus ravages the world outside. Sorry. Venting. Won't happen again. Positive thoughts, everybody. Positive. While trying to keep from going hair-ripping, batguano crazy recently -- I usually do this by researching and writing… Continue reading 25 Years Inside the Internet

They Call it a Miracle

At the end of just about every NFL game, with about five minutes remaining, the sweaty, mustard-stained denizens of the press box are escorted down to the playing field. This is not, much as it might seem to some, a perk for the hard-working men and women of the fourth estate. It's not an attempt… Continue reading They Call it a Miracle

How to Read

After years of having our local newspaper slung onto the driveway every morning, we recently made the decision, finally, to stop it. We're still getting our Atlanta Journal-Constitution every day. But it's in digital-only form from here on out, so we can read it on our laptops (because we don't sit in front of those… Continue reading How to Read

Write What You Know

Maybe one of the oldest saws in the book-writing book is to "write what you know," something I take as good advice, if not necessarily ironclad. WWYK is something that Stephen King, for one example, clearly has subscribed to over his long and prolific career. He places many of his stories in his birthplace and… Continue reading Write What You Know

The National Comics League

I love Luann. It is, to confess, a weakness. That goofy, button-nosed plain-Jane always-a-teen has had me bewitched for years. In a household that still gets the local newspaper -- an honest-to-God bunch of newsprint that is filled with news, more or less, and is delivered in a little plastic bag onto our driveway every… Continue reading The National Comics League

On ‘The Mothers’

The best novels, the best stories, stay with you a while, don't they? I finished The Mothers, Brit Bennett's 2016 debut, a few weeks ago, and I thought about it for several days after. It pops up in my crowded head, still, every now and again, whenever I read about an African American church, or… Continue reading On ‘The Mothers’