Archaic Definition of the Week

facinorous. Extremely wicked, infamous; grossly criminal.  The word, naturally, is accented on the sin. – Dictionary of Early English by…

Comfort and Violence

How’s this for some publishing juxtaposition? On Friday, Washington Post‘s sextegenarian, Pulitzer Prize-winning “Style” editor Henry Allen tackled a writer…

More Philip Roth Wrath

Ok, so maybe “wrath” is a strong word to describe JK Evanczuk’s five-point refutation of Roth’s assertion that the novel…

NaNoWriMo is NaNoWrongMo

I realize this is not going to be a popular sentiment on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, but…

Philip Roth is Philip WRONG

First, check out the Guardian’s piece on Philip Roth’s prediction that novel-reading will become a “cult” phenomenon within a quarter…

Turning Publishing Upside Down

An excellent survey of recent shifts in the publishing industry by Nathan Bransford raises the question: has “everything in publishing…

The Sky Goes Black

Having just dumped an impromptu mess into Nathan Bransford’s first paragraph contest, I was a bit humbled and very impressed…

Word Cloud for Ligan

Below is a word cloud for the entire text of The Ligan of the Disomus, courtesy of wordle.net and a…