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“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”


Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Dave Barry‘s latest novel, Insane City – which the publisher has characterized as a “dark comic masterpiece” — is available at


“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” F. SCOTT FITZGERALD (1896-1940)


“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.” JOHN STEINBECK

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  


ILLUSTRATION: “Butterfly Mask” by Bob Coonts, prints available at


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”


Painting: “The False Mirror” (1928) by Rene Magritte


“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you would find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” SOCRATES

Photo:  Alice PopKorn


“My short stories are like soft shadows I have set out in the world, faint footprints I have left. I remember exactly where I set down each and every one of them, and how I felt when I did. Short stories are like guideposts to my heart…”  HARUKI MURAKAMI


“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

JACK KEROUAC, The Dharma Bums

Painting: “There and Here, State I” by Edward Ruscha (2007)


“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read them and you’re pierced.”

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Graphic: “Word Swords” by Silver Birch Press

Daisy Buchanan: “Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.” F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Great Gatsby

Illustration: Portrait of Daisy Buchanan (watercolor, 2011) by Hannah Haeun Kim, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED