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Tom Cordle commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Anna  I'd never heard of Asian Flush, but that might explain the guy who used to work for me. I've seen him drink two beers and pass out on a bar. Poor guy got nailed for three DUI's, but I guess if you know you got a …"
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Thanks for all the comments! Anna—now that you've mentioned it, I will have to review that damned book once I read it. (I'm stalling at the moment, reading something by someone who seems quite nice, and honest.)  My wife adores…"
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Maui Surfer commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Wow, some Joan Baez fans here, myself included. Not sure if any of you saw her in person in the 60s, I did, and occasionally love me some folk music. The point was not to say she is ugly, the point was Dylan, a guy who is far from Brad Pitt,…"
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Anna Herrington liked John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"So... this guy got a $2 million deal? Right there this reads like science fiction for these days offerings to authors. I don't know of this person, the top editor - had he written other books before or just his being top editor enough reason…"
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koshersalaami commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"There’s two separate issues here. The first is the artist deliberately conning the public and getting an audience by lying to that audience. The second is the artist being personally repugnant. In Cosby’s case, a third issue, going…"
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Maui Surfer commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Cosby's early material was all at the expense of others, Fat Albert ... he just followed what were then the pathetic trends of making fun of others looks or doing things that were supposed to funny but weren't "we used to steal the…"
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Tom -Thanks for the compliment, but the killer piece is the New Yorker one. (If I were secretly hyping anyone it would be that writer.) I think Poe was my first literary hero, too, though I was only 12 and didn't have any idea what that meant.…"
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Tom Cordle commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"This piece knocked for a loop, it is simply masterfully written. As for Mallory, assuming that's his real name, I know nothing about him or his work. But that a writer is screwed-up psychologically – well, that comes as no surprise.…"
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Tom Cordle liked John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
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Tom Cordle commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"This piece knocked for a loop, it is simply masterfully written, so well-written that to engage in a bit of Machiavellian speculation, you, John Manchester could be an alter-ego for Mallory, and this piece could certainly qualify as hyping the book.…"
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Robert B. James commented on John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
"Ok...except, I’d call a con artist an artist, not a psychopath. Where the line is, I am not sure. I don’t write fiction, but I do study deception. I’m thinking it is harder to write good fiction than it is to be good con artist. It…"
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Robert B. James liked John Manchester's blog post The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years
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Tom Cordle commented on John Manchester's blog post TV is the New Great American Novel
"I spend so much time writing, I don't do much reading except on the computer, and that's not reading for enjoyment. The last book I remember reading was McCollugh's Truman bio, and even after a thousand pages, I hated to have it end."
Feb 6
John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post TV is the New Great American Novel
"Then I'll do Newsroom. Thanks!"
Feb 6
koshersalaami commented on John Manchester's blog post TV is the New Great American Novel
"There comes a point at which Sorkin left the series, about when John Goodman joined the cast. I’m not sure I’d bother continuing. The Newsroom is the shortest and the most recent. It also has the best theme music, in part because of…"
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Retired from composing and learning to write. Ten thousand hours at it and counting.
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The Most Gripping Thing I've Read in Years

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 9:44am 8 Comments

It’s not a book in my preferred mystery/thriller genre, not a book at all, or even short story, but this New Yorker article, about the best-selling author of the mystery/thriller The Woman in the Window. The article is a very long read—12,000 words—but I scarfed it down in one sitting, even though I’d laid down for a much needed nap. Within minutes I was wide awake.

The writer…

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TV is the New Great American Novel

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 10:23am 9 Comments

The New York Times weekly column “By the Book” interviews authors and famous people about what they read. Most have a bedside table threatening collapse from the mountain of books piled on it. They sprinkle their reading lists with obscure works, like that new translation of a 18TH century Latvian poet I’ve never heard of. I leave the column feeling less well read than the authors.

But that wouldn’t be hard. On my bedside table you’ll find a couple of dust covered…

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When Tashi Met Tashi

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 10:25am 4 Comments

In October our Tibetan Spaniel Milo developed a cough. Ten days later he was dead of an enlarged heart. Judy and I were devastated. Milo was fourteen, but our previous Tibbies had lived to almost twenty.

 

Judy had sworn up and down that Milo would be our last dog. Within hours of Milo’s passing we were talking about a puppy. I contacted…

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Cults in Our Midst

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 11:59am 7 Comments

CULTS IN OUR MIDST*

 When most people think of cults what tends to come to mind is the Manson Family or Jim Jones and the Kool-aid. Heaven’s Gate members in those bunk beds with plastic bags covering their heads. Aum Shinrikyo unleashing Sarin gas in the Tokyo Subway. There’s a reason people associate the word cult with the most extreme examples, i.e. death cults. It’s a way of distancing themselves from a terrifying phenomenon. A way of saying “I’d never get involved with anything…

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