Category Archives: Film or Book Review

Critical of the Critics: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

When a book is touted as extraordinary, but it’s merely “pretty good,” are readers and reviewers (and other writers) justified in pointing this out? Is a difference of opinion still tolerated? If we strongly disagree on the criteria used to … Continue reading

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Fiction Master Class: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Every writer, every teacher of writing, and every person who studies writing (which of course includes editors) keeps lists: lists of the best, the worst, the most moving, the most descriptive, and so on. Many of them won’t admit this, … Continue reading

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Burn This Book Review: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England (2007, Brock Clarke)

I’ve been attending the library book club in my city for close to a decade. I often feel that I don’t read enough books, and preparing for the club forces me to add about a dozen each year. This particular … Continue reading

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Word Crimes: Weird Al gets it. Why don’t the grammar police?

Weird Al Yankovic has been releasing videos for his new album this week, and the one for “Word Crimes” (based on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) has gotten a lot of attention in the news and chat circles I follow — … Continue reading

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Copyediting for Science and Science Fiction: A Couple Tips

I’ve just been reading Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and came across a copyediting error that put me in the frame of mind for a short post. It’s a caution that good copyeditors have to be extra … Continue reading

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