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This is where you will find short stories, personal essays, and guest posts.  Family and friends and the ordinary business of life are the inspiration for this section.

Random Thoughts on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress

Random Thoughts on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress

 Those who know do not tell,Those who tell do not know.                   Lao Tzu George Santayana, reading Moby Dick: In spite of much skipping, I have got stuck in the middle.                    David Markson, This Is Not A Novel We’re hooked on David Markson....

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Secrets

Secrets

 I began to read at an early age. My parents divorced when I was around two. I lived with my mother and she read to me from as early as I can remember. Other than the newspaper, my father didn’t read much at all. He lived far away but we got together as much as we...

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Summer Read: Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde

Summer Read: Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde

 We discovered Allegra Hyde’s novel by accident, by chance, or if you prefer by serendipity. The reclusive author, John Fowles, wrote this amazingly frank response to a high school student who queried him in a letter about the meaning of his book The Magus. Reality,...

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Ten Good Summer Reads

Ten Good Summer Reads

 Think in the Morning recommends these 10 good books for your summer reading. Click on the blue link for our review of each title. Summer Read: Eleutheria by Allegra HydeSummer Read: The Verifiers by Jane PekSummer Read: Mouth To Mouth by Antoine WilsonSummer Read:...

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Summer Read: The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Summer Read: The Verifiers by Jane Pek

 On the surface Jane Pek’s debut novel The Verifiers is a relatively straightforward mystery story. The protagonist, Claudia Lin, is a young Chinese American woman living in New York who works at Veracity, a company that checks on the profiles posted on internet...

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Summer Read: Mouth To Mouth by Antoine Wilson

Summer Read: Mouth To Mouth by Antoine Wilson

   Antoine Wilson’s short novel Mouth To Mouth is a page turner. It kept me engaged from start to finish. I read it in one sitting. For those familiar with Albert Camus’s The Fall, Mouth To Mouth is a lighter version of The Fall with a twist. At least in my mind. As...

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Summer Read: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Summer Read: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

 Xochitl Gonzalez’s debut novel Olga Dies Dreaming has definitely made the rounds. An immensely successful first novel, Hulu considered the story for a series even before the book was published. Think in the Morning recommends the book for many reasons. For anyone...

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Summer Read: Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Summer Read: Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

 Think in the Morning is no authority on science fiction. We recently reviewed Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang and awhile back we reviewed The Butterfly Kid by Chester Anderson. Like many in our generation (the over-the-hill crowd) we grew up with The Twilight Zone, Star...

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Summer Read: “TRUST” by Hernan Diaz

Summer Read: “TRUST” by Hernan Diaz

  History itself is just a fiction—a fiction with an army. And reality? Reality is a fiction with an unlimited budget. (From TRUST, a novel by Hernan Diaz)   Hernan Diaz’s latest novel is about bonds, both financial and human, life and death, memories and futures...

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Summer Read: “F” by Daniel Kehlmann

Summer Read: “F” by Daniel Kehlmann

 There are some novels I’d like to read over and over again. Daniel Kehlmann’s novel “F” is such a book. Sadly, I don’t have the time although I did revisit it again to put this post together. There are five major characters: Arthur Friedland (the father who says he’s...

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Science Fiction, Economics And Life: Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds

Science Fiction, Economics And Life: Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds

 It’s year 2190 on Earth, year 40 on Mars.  Mars has been settled by humans from Earth but these initial settlers rebelled against the mother planet, fought and won a war of independence. After ten years of ceasefire, there is an attempt at rapprochement. A group of...

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Smog I Am

Smog I Am

  I hangout in the space between the Three Sisters of the Coastal Range west of Williams and the Sutter Buttes neither of which you can see from Highway 5 because I blur the view confounding freeways, cars and trucks while time waits. Where The Air Is Clear. Where?...

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