Writers’ alert: Another reminder that you can’t have it all

Enemies of Reading March 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore This column is dedicated to those of you who have just opened a fresh manuscript copy book, or put a new sheet of paper in your Olivetti, or opened a new Word file on your computer, with the intention of writing an honest novel. It’s not dedicated to you just to applaud […]
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A trip to the underworld: Part 2 of ‘Only the Lonely’

Enemies of Reading March 19, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I would say I felt a little downhearted after I turned on the light switch for the basement steps. I could see that the basement was unfinished. It had a painted gray cement floor and whitewashed stone walls turned dark with dust. With the view came a faint whiff of lost hope. […]
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A trip to the underworld: Part 1 of “Only the lonely”

Enemies of Reading March 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore A fellow I barely knew had died, and I got called to take a look at his books. He had a lot of other stuff I might want too, his mother said. “Can you come over?” Sure I could. From what little I knew of him he probably did not have books […]
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The crying of lot 49 changes cabin fever to auction fever

Enemies of Reading March 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Weeks of snow and split-level fever made us want some relief from being perpetually indoors, like Purgatory dwellers. “Let’s go to an auction,” I growled to the wife last week. “Okay,” she barked back. And so we drove out to Alderfer Auctions in Lansdale. The sale didn’t start till 12 noon, a […]
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Eight years later the iPod’s still not out of the box

Enemies of Reading February 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I went to a house sale in 2006 and found a bunch of blues CDs. A wall in the den held about 200 of them, all very good stuff – Broonzy, Lead Belly, nearly all the “Blinds,” Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt – a real all-star team of the blues. The guy […]
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Snowbound with a cache of old brown books, Part 1

Enemies of Reading February 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Our home is on a steep cul de sac. We get little traffic, and after a snowstorm we rarely see a city plow or salt truck. Last week’s storms left our neighborhood looking like the end of the world. Snow everywhere, and not a moving car to be seen. We accept our […]
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How time doth change our enemies

Enemies of Reading February 12, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore I began writing this column about books and reading seven years ago, in January of 2007. Much has changed in the world and in my life since then. This seems like a good time to explore both. My first “The Enemies of Reading” column was subheaded “On the Hundred Books Aspired-to-Yearly Club.” […]
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