Pierre E. Richards becomes a writer, Part 2

Enemies of Reading May 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Pierre E. Richards, who is 79, read my column “Write because you love to write” while he rode an exercise bicycle at his physical therapist’s. Back home in Wyndmoor, he emailed me: “I read your recent article about not expecting authors of ‘literary’ fiction to get rich but to go ahead and […]
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Pierre E. Richards: The best writer you’ve never read, and probably won’t – if he has his way, Part 1

Enemies of Reading April 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Back in March I reported that a recent Neilsen BookScan showed that the richest authors of the past ten years all wrote schlock (my opinion, not Neilsen’s). I reacted with a column titled “Writers alert: Another reminder that you can’t have it all.” (March 26). I said that the odds are against […]
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Report from the rathole (rat-hole? rat hole?)

Enemies of Reading April 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore It seems like only yesterday, but it’s been three weeks since a prominent local citizen called this newspaper a “rathole.” Correction: a “content rathole.” An infelicitous phrase, to say the least. A flurry of support for the newspaper followed, including many letters to the editor. Some of the writers demanded a retraction. […]
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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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