What would you do?

Enemies of Reading | June 11th, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore She was a genuinely nice young woman and noticeable at first glance for her wide brown eyes, straight nose and full lips. Her thick, dark hair framed an exceptionally pretty face. She was a full-size woman too. I always looked at her and caught myself trying to remember just what Italian movie […]

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Not your Grannie’s webzine: Meet bookslut.com

Enemies of Reading | May 22nd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Although it’s said that young people don’t read printed books or newspapers anymore, they certainly still do read. A profusion of well-designed, hip websites touting good literature has emerged on the Internet in recent years. Most are free, a few request donations and some require a subscription. Even the subscription-based publications offer […]

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John Lennon’s “Imagine” meets the DSM

Enemies of Reading | May 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore If you have a favorite song, do yourself a favor and don’t ever use it at a memorial service. On May 14, 1988, 26 years ago, I chose to play John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the funeral/memorial for my son Colin at the Unitarian Church on Lincoln Drive. Lennon’s song debuted in 1971, […]

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Pierre E. Richards becomes a writer, Part 2

Enemies of Reading | May 7th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 30th, 2014 | Leave a comment

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 23rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

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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