Gimbling in the Wabe – Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight

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    Today, I did something that was – honestly – repugnant to me.  I returned a slew of books to the library, many of which I had not read.  Books that had either been nominated for a major award, or had been recommended by someone I trusted, or had been reviewed well and had [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Glorious Failures

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My daughter was looking over the syllabus from a college English class that she had just started, and she was distraught over the thought of having to make an in-class critique of another student’s writing.  “I’m just not good at that sort of thing!” she despaired. I tried to allay her concerns by pointing out [….]

The Art of Rejection According to Jeff Shotts

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We all have heard the stories about great works being rejected by publishers.  Many of these stories are humorous because they are in the past, and the recipient or the target of those rejections have become celebrated.  We laugh – or if we are unkind, we snicker – at the short-sightedness of the so-called expert. [….]