In this age of increasing technology and constant access to various media channels, it seems there is never a shortage of information at our fingertips. This leads to people being more “social” online (a theory about which I am still skeptical, but that’s for another day). And then, inevitably, the best quotes start flowing. They […]

When I was a student at the University of Michigan, I was walking across campus and a young woman stopped me. “Please take this,” she said, and then handed me a small slip of paper. “It’s Veterans Day. We want all of our fallen to be remembered.” I looked at the slip. It read: Christopher […]

Remember that book I proclaimed should be considered a Great American Novel? Philipp Meyer’s The Son? Well, it is now a TV show—premiering this Saturday night on AMC. When it was first announced that they were making the book into a TV show, I was a little hesitant. Firstly, everyone knows the book is always […]

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.

My advice for aspiring writers is simple: Keep at it. That old cliché rings true—practice makes perfect, like with anything in life. Well, maybe not perfect, but the best way to become a better writer is to continue writing. Seems straightforward, right? You’d be surprised how difficult this notion can be for some writers. I […]

It’s not all whiskey and beer. The history of Ireland is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It makes you wish you lived there, yet it also makes you count your blessings. Being of Irish descent, this history has always fascinated me. I’ve found that in order to understand something, you need the full picture. You need to […]

Stay away from religion and politics, right? I try, especially for the heavy issues. But here’s a case that seems pretty one-sided to me. Last week, it was announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding would lose $290 million under the newly proposed national budget. That’s almost a 97% cut, down to just $10 million per […]

This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected, […]