Tuesday, June 14, 2016


In need of a good short story? Do I have one for you. Well, Paul Lamb has a good one for you; but I will point the way. Travel Light.

... and, on the Hilarious Email Cockup front, we have this ...

Two more quotes from Ursula K. LeGuin, because City of Illusions is full of good ones ...
Without trust, a man lives, but not a human life; without hope, he dies.
Laws are made against the impulse a people most fears in itself.

I do not understand. How does this help? How is it okay to say this? I haven't seen a whisper of comment on this judgment.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, whose district includes the area of the massacre, suggested to reporters that "more likely than not" the shooting spree at the nightclub was ideologically motivated. "Let me put it this way," he said, "the nationality of family members is indicative."
Image: Wikipedia

Y'all know how I feel about adverbs. I am not alone! “There is nothing whatsoever intrinsically wrong with adverbs. In fact, avoiding them leads to bland, forgettable writing. You can and should use adverbs.”

Butter for the gods. I know this story is ubiquitous, but this link goes to the article I thought was the best.

So, Father's Day is coming, and you are fortunate enough to have a dad? Here are some books he might very much enjoy, courtesy of Tom Williams. My dad would I think have liked any one of them.

And finally, once again we learn that supposedly-new ideas aren't so new. Why would we think people wanted their foods to stick to pans in the ancient world? Because some chemical company wants us to think Teflon is cooler than it really is. Anyway - ancient Roman nonstick pans.


TCW said...

Thank you. A lot.

DLM said...

Tom, your post did inspire me; I am sorry to have been so slow to say something here!

Lilac Shoshani said...

Paul Lamb is a wonderful writer!

As for the email link, it is hilarious… :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to my humble story.

And you're right! Adverbs are our friends!

DLM said...

Sorry, Paul - the authority has spoken. Your story is not humble, it is wonderful.

I enjoyed it; utterly believable and immediate. As a friend once said of my own work, "There is a there-ness to it."