For all intents and purposes, many of my recent posts were about appreciating the art of writing. Now I want to appreciate the art of reading. Continue reading The art of reading: Appreciating a good book Read as much and as frequently as you can. That’s the key in life.
There’s something special about indie bookstores: the passion from their booksellers, the creativity in their setups and their comforting environments. Continue reading 5 indie bookstores worth visiting In my humble, biased opinion.
Each month there are new book releases I’d love to read, but October just seems to be the jackpot. Here are the three I’m most anticipating. Continue reading 3 October book releases I’m anxiously awaiting From three very different yet talented authors.
They say everyone has a book in them, but apparently not all of those stories are created equal. And the (financial) disparity can be alarming. Continue reading Celebrity Memoirs: What’s the value of a story? For some of the exceptional few, it could be millions.
In Luke Mogelson’s debut collection, “These Heroic, Happy Dead,” we experience the raw, unflinching lives of war veterans through an empathetic lens. Continue reading These heroic, unhappy stories: An honest book review Plainly, this is an important collection.
What began more than 100 years ago in a battle between major New York newspapermen now seems tailored to the digital age. Continue reading Why yellow journalism is (still) thriving It seems the strategy was tailored to the digital age.
Amazon is the worldwide leader in online retail. Is its new move to physical bookstores a good thing? Continue reading Amazon bookstores: Good or bad for the industry? The massive online retailer is taking to the streets.
There’s a new biopic about J.D. Salinger’s life, and he wouldn’t be pleased about it. Continue reading Why J.D. Salinger would be disappointed with his biopic The stories he felt compelled to share with the world were not about himself.
The physical book seemed to be dying. But after years of physical book sales decreasing and ebook sales increasing, have the tides finally turned? Continue reading Are physical books making a comeback? In an increasingly digital world, this would be great news.
As the world goes digital, our obsession with studying metrics grows, whether it’s actually useful or not. But please, keep the metrics out of literature. Continue reading Why do we let numbers speak for literature? The literary world is, after all, innately qualifiable.
Some books are just too good to be overlooked. And it’s a darn shame when they are. Here are five you should make some time to read. Continue reading 5 overlooked novels you should make time to read When a good book goes underappreciated, it’s a darn shame.
Philipp Meyer made his name known in the literary world with the release of his 2013 epic The Son. But that’s not what I’m here to write about, because there is another book by Meyer that is similarly exceptional: American Rust. Continue reading Examining the collapse of America’s blue-collar middle class Philipp Meyer’s American Rust may be fiction, but it’s very real.
Jim Harrison was one of the most gritty, honest writers the literary world has even seen. It was writers like him that most inspired me to write. Continue reading We could all learn from Jim Harrison The man was a legend in the “grit lit” subgenre.
When talented people share their thoughts on a subject, others should listen. It’s no different in the writing world. For me, while I enjoy a good laugh, the words that resonate are often words of encouragement or motivation from writers I admire. Continue reading They said it, not me: Best quotes from writers Because when the greatest authors speak, we should listen.
Remember that book I proclaimed should be considered a Great American Novel? Philipp Meyer’s The Son? Well, it is now a TV show. Continue reading From page to screen: Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” The new AMC show was also written by the author.
There is a certain degree of mystery in every novel. What’s most impressive is when the plot surfaces, the reader gets a sense of the direction of the story, yet every page is as important as the next and you cannot seem to stop turning them. That’s what it’s like reading Daniel Magariel’s One of the Boys. Continue reading More like “One of the Best” Daniel Magariel’s debut novel is masterful.
The elusive Great American Novel. You’ve heard the term. What does it mean to you? And, in current American culture, is the term becoming outdated? Continue reading The quest to write the Great American Novel Is the notion of the “Great American Novel” outdated?
This, I should tell you now, isn’t about comparing the novels of great American writers. See, even the biggest personalities in the world sometimes find themselves in the middle of a feud. Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr. Biggie vs. Tupac. Hatfields vs. McCoys. Hemingway vs. Faulkner? Rarely do literary names get tossed around when speaking of such rivalries, but in the 1950’s arguably the two biggest names in … Continue reading Do big words yield big emotions? Faulkner thought so. Hemingway, not so much.
Ed A. Murray’s original collection of short stories, all of which are centered around the rugged yet beautiful landscape of northern Michigan, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Pick up your copy of IN A NORTHERN TOWN today on Kindle or in paperback! “From the author of Between Two Slopes and Somewhere More Than Free comes a collection of short stories that spans the stunning and vast landscape … Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: In a Northern Town
In Cuba, they called him Papa. You’d find him fishing for marlins or drinking whiskey or daiquiris in a local watering hole. He would do the same in Key West. In East Africa, you’d find him big game hunting, the concluding photograph captured with the legend kneeling above a lion or antelope. In France, he’d be writing in a small upstairs room, or sipping coffee and walking along … Continue reading Hemingway’s Michigan: Where he was first inspired
From today until Tuesday (2/28) when In a Northern Town releases, two stories are available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the Amazon Kindle store. The first story, Whiskey Stains the Paper, tells the tale of Maria, a teenage girl who is forced to confront her mysterious father during a tumultuous two-week stay at his home in northern Michigan. The second story, Merely an Illusion, tells the tale of a … Continue reading Free excerpts from In a Northern Town
This may be coming two posts late, but this space will now be dedicated to my new blog. Moving forward, this blog will be home to information about my books, short stories that I’ve written, thoughts about writing and the industry, and general musings on life. Read along to escape the politics and overall craziness in this world. Only true thoughts and celebration reside here. The … Continue reading A place for readers, from a writer
Introducing the brand new redesigned covers for the Amazon bestselling young adult book SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE and BETWEEN TWO SLOPES. Also, these two books are now available for the first time ever on Kindle! SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE “Travel from the untouched forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the mysterious mountains of eastern Tennessee in this pair of stirring novellas. TO THE LAND OF … Continue reading The first two books like you’ve never seen them before