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Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, and the debate over the National Book Award

Gordon, Jaimy. Lord of Misrule. (McPherson & Co., 2010). Over the holidays I visited my 90-year-old grandmother in New York City. A widow for the last thirteen...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by shaggy1991, on Aug 21, 2017 at 3:45 am | 2 comments | 5775 Views

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Who is T.T. Monday? : The Story of a Novel, Part 3

In most lines of work, seniority counts for something. In major-league baseball, for instance, young players in their first few professional seasons have their salaries...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Feb. 24, 2014
Last comment by Lynne, on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm | 5 comments | 10374 Views

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A Pantser Brought to Heel

A few weeks after my novel The Setup Man was published in March 2014, I got a call from my agent, who reported...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 13, 2016
Last comment by Nick Taylor, on Jan 19, 2016 at 11:07 am | 3 comments | 4833 Views

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Junipero Serra and the Gold Retirement Watch

Next week, during his visit to Washington, DC, Pope Francis

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 16, 2015
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Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball

Remember the pitcher Dock Ellis? I have always read a lot of baseball books, and lately I've been reading even more, trying to learn all I can about the world...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 11, 2014
Last comment by Alex P, on Feb 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm | 4 comments | 8709 Views

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Clarifying the Process of Canonization

Thank you to all the readers who have commented on my...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 26, 2015
Last comment by Contrarian, on Feb 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm |
2 comments | 6126 Views

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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin

If you've ever browsed the gift shop of a California state park, historical site, or museum, you've seen Malcolm Margolin's work. Books published by

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 30, 2015
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Backlash Begins Following Serra Canonization Announcement

As expected, last week's announcement by Pope Francis that he intends to canonize the Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra later this year has drawn sharp reactions...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm | 14 comments | 5829 Views

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Pope Francis to Canonize Father Junípero Serra

Reuters,

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jan. 15, 2015
Last comment by Jay Park, on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm |
9 comments | 6651 Views

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Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole

I love this time of year, not because of the holidays per se, but because I get to buy tons of books without feeling guilty about it. Over the next couple of weeks...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2014
There are no comments yet. 5744 Views

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Baseball and Books - What's the Connection?

I'm strange. Years ago this used to bother me, but ever since I got serious about writing, I stopped worrying about my incongruities. I'm oddly shaped. I don't prefer...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Ron Kaplan, on Oct 28, 2014 at 7:48 am | 1 comment | 4887 Views

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It's Now a Series! Story of a Novel, Part 6

My first detective novel, The Setup Man, was published in March, and I've written a number of posts on this site about the publishing...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 8, 2014
Last comment by Phyllis Williams, on Oct 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 6250 Views

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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang

Every year, the Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State honors three emerging writers with a ten-thousand-dollar stipend...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 29, 2014
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Vikram Chandra's "Geek Sublime" and 10/3 event at Kepler's

In July I wrote about the Bombay gangster novel ==I Sacred...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 21, 2014
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Dock Ellis "Dockumentary" Debuts This Week

Last month I wrote a piece about Dock Ellis, the former major-league pitcher...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 4, 2014
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Three Centuries of Humor Anthologies

I'm teaching a class in American humor writing this semester, and the first decision I had to make was where to start, chronologically. Most observers believe that...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 31, 2014
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It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction

In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 28, 2014
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SJSU Center for Steinbeck Studies to Honor Author Khaled Hosseini on Weds Sept 10

One of the highlights of my job as director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State is the annual

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 18, 2014
Last comment by Libby Parisi, on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
1 comment | 7908 Views

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Call it a novel: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

Lucky is the fiction writer whose stories take 300 pages to tell. For the last twenty years at least, the fiction market has been mainly a market for novels. Agents...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 22, 2014
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm | 1 comment | 6909 Views

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Another Case for Reparations: Team Seven by Marcus Burke

In May The Atlantic published a cover story by the African-American critic Ta-Nehisi Coates called

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 15, 2014
Last comment by Kary, on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:08 am |
1 comment | 5425 Views
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