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’

On Jekyll

A few weeks ago, for the first time in my 22 years living in Georgia -- I have been here now longer, by a good bit, than I've been anywhere, and have stayed in this house on this cul de sac in Alpharetta longer than in any single place, including the big red house in… Continue reading On Jekyll

A New Look, an Old Hook

A few weeks ago, JDB earned a new paint job. The site is more than four years old now, and even if it's not exactly well-worn -- even if, thankyouverymuch, the posts are sometimes as sporadic as the author is spastic -- it probably needs a new look. The blogging platform that I use, WordPress,… Continue reading A New Look, an Old Hook