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commenting on a comment on my other blog

MOST OF THE COMMENTS that I re­ceive on my blogs are com­pli­ments of or ques­tions re­lated to the ar­ticle to which the com­ment was made. Yes, I get the oc­ca­sional less-than-positive bit of feed­back but they are rare, in­deed. Even rarer are ones com­menting on truly per­sonal and in­ti­mate topics. [Continue reading]

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I just launched a new publication on medium all about elvis

WE LAUNCHED our new pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. The ar­ti­cles within ad­dress pop­ular music, pri­marily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my fa­vorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my fa­vorite nov­elist), and my­self. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era. [Continue reading]

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socrates and elvis walk into a bar

ELVIS AND SOCRATES walk into a bar. No, wait—should it be “Socrates and Elvis”? Ei­ther way, here’s what this post is all about: I came across a 3-minute video of In­dian guru Gaur Gopal Das talking about gossip. Nor­mally, I avoid the ad­vice of “wise” men—especially those I have not heard of—but this was on my daugh­ter’s Face­book page and she’s pretty good at picking these things out of all the crap on so­cial media. [Continue reading]

are there supposed to be spaces between the dots in an ellipsis?

EVERY READER OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE has seen those three dots in the midst of an oth­er­wise normal sen­tence that tells them some­thing spe­cial is hap­pening. These dots are called an ‘el­lipsis’ and are usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with text quoted from an­other source. Most readers know that these dots in­di­cate that words in the orig­inal text have been deemed un­nec­es­sary and omitted from the quote. [Continue reading]