Month: December 2013

  • A friendly exchange between an technical author and reviewer

    This fun thing is something I published in 2000 on my old site — and has since become dead. A mixed review of a famous book on programming prompts a reply from the author and a friendly discussion about book reviewing My Original Review (August 2000) about the book Mastering Regular Expressions by Jeffrey Friedl…

  • How to find and view RSS feeds in various browsers

    Strangely, it is getting difficult to view RSS feed information¬† from a web browser . A few years ago, you used to see syndication icons everywhere, but it never really caught on. As a blogger and regular reader of RSS feeds on feedly/Mr. Reader, the crucial detail I want to know is whether a website…

  • Appreciation for Ohio author Jack Matthews (1925-2013)

    Here’s a literary obituary and appreciation of Ohio author Jack Matthews who died on November 28 at the age of 88.¬† I’ll probably write a more personal tribute later. Also, I finally posted the audio of the erudite 45 minute interview I did with Jack in 2010. A lot is going on at the moment…

  • Are fiction writers conscious of how their stories will be interpreted? Hell, yes!

    A few decades ago, a high school student sent surveys to well known writers and asked them how conscious were they about symbolism and interpretation for what they were writing. The answers were varied and interesting. Here’s my perspective as a fiction writer and editor. “Symbolism” is much too strong a word, but I would…