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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
by Ray Bradbury
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulated my imagination, April 25, 2013
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What fun it is to be able to peer into the mental space of a literary giant! That's what this book attempts...and largely achieves. It would have helped if I had been more familiar with Bradbury's stories -- I haven't read them all. But his methodology for generating creative ideas can be useful to writers at all levels of experience.


Falling Women and Other Stories
Falling Women and Other Stories
by Ellen Herbert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant moments in human lives, April 28, 2012
At just under 150 pages, this is a thin book physically. But the robust individuals and the clever twists that characterize their lives provide the reader with a rich and rewarding experience.

In these twelve stories, Herbert explores the intricacies of human emotions, plumbing for (and finding) profundity in the common problems that inhabit the lives of "ordinary" people. She fills every scene with vivid and remarkable detail -- not only of the physical world but, more importantly, the innermost thoughts and feelings of her all-too-human characters.

For what it's worth, my personal favorite is "Higher Ed" -- a friendly and delightful tale with a classically ironic ending. If the people in this story don't exist (and I assume they don't), then they should! They would be fun to know.


We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future
We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future
by Matthew Spalding
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, January 31, 2010
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This book includes some interesting discussions about the history of our fundamental documents and American values, quoting selectively from notable founding figures. What it doesn't do is establish a solid logical connection between these discussions and the veritable glossary of modern conservative philosophy outlined in the last chapter: anti-government, anti-regulation, anti-welfare, anti-gay, anti-secular, anti-deficit, pro-free enterprise, and pro-"liberty" (whatever that really means -- you won't find a scholarly or even thoughtful definition).

Despite being published in late 2009, this book doesn't even mention any of the events that occurred from 2000 onward. Bush, Cheney, 9/11, the almost-depression of 2008 -- none of them are even mentioned. The straw man Spalding attempts to destroy is almost exclusively the progressive movement of the early 20th century -- without even attempting an analysis of the degree to which this movement corresponds with liberal ideas in the early 21st century.

Especially in the last chapter, Spalding resorts to the name-calling so common to today's "political debate" -- with appointed judges, intellectual elites, mainstream journalists, bureaucrats, even Europeans as a broad class, all falling victim to his conservative keyboard.

If you're a conservative, you already agree with all of his conclusions, and you don't need to read this book. If you're a liberal, the lack of logic will infuriate you. If you're just hankering for some American history, there are more reliable sources. Save your money.
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