Paul West: February 23, 1930 – October 18, 2015

Thirty years ago, in the spring of 1985, I had the great fortune to find myself in Paul West’s English 412 class: Advanced Fiction Writing. I think it was likely one of the last times he taught undergraduate fiction at Penn State. Sadly, Paul experienced health problems that knocked him out of commission for the…

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Three Great Conversations on Mark Seinfelt’s Word Patriots: Gass, Scott, Ackerman

Anyone who loves writing and writers should do themselves a favor and visit the archive of the Word Patriots webcast. Host Mark Seinfelft, a novelist whose works include Symphonie Fantastique, Baldr and Beatrice, and the non-fiction study Final Drafts: Suicides of World-Famous Authors, has pursued this labor of love for nearly a year, producing more…

This is Not a Book Review: Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love

One Hundred Names for Love Diane Ackerman Hardcover: 322 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 4, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 9780393072419 ISBN-13: 978-0393072419 ASIN: 039307241X The Internet Stroke Center notes that 795,000 people suffer a stroke every year. Of these, roughly 600,000 are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. In 2003, novelist…