Archive for the 'Literacy' Category

Some of September’s new arrivals

Friday, September 5th, 2014

By the way, in case you didn’t know, Cat’s Curiosities offers a careful selection of unusual vinyl LP records online — many autographed — as well as our online stock of 1,400 books, all hand-inspected and individually described. To see our online vinyl LPs, check out: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=LP&sortby=0&vci=51238921 These are in addition to the 1,800 vintage […]

The Testament of James, third excerpt

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Added to the first two excerpts, posted earlier this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 10,000 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t […]

Testament of James – back jacket blurb

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The manager of Books on Benefit has died under mysterious circumstances, and one of the rarest books in the world is missing — if it ever existed at all. Did James the Just, oldest surviving brother of Jesus of Nazareth, write a book about the suppressed secrets of his brother’s ministry, and the plan to […]

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

Southbound

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods […]

The Testament of James, second excerpt

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Added to the first excerpt, posted last month, the following takes us through the first 5,900 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start. This material […]

With a little help from my friends (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less, of late,’ Part One of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Friends and fans — if few in number then all the more cherished — have been asking why I seem to have been writing less this year. I hope I don’t take too much on myself if I’m reminded of Paul McCartney reporting the press reaction when the Beatles stopped touring and went almost a […]

What would an engineer need to know about ethics? (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less of late,’ Part Three of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Dad always thought those studying the sciences should be taught more of the history, the philosophy, and especially the ethical dilemmas which had been faced by their predecessors. Those in charge of the university’s Electrical Engineering (and Computer Science!) Department scoffed. Their slates were full helping these kids schedule all the “How to fit Tab […]

The Testament of James, first excerpt

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The following are the first 3,600 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start. This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014. # # # The […]

It’s better to be thought a fool than to sit down at the typewriter and remove all doubt . . .

Monday, March 17th, 2014

I bought a few jazz records over the weekend, as I do whenever the opportunity arises. One was a 10-inch Mercury LP from 1950, produced by Norman Granz and titled “Charlie Parker with Strings.” The disc was a bit controversial when producer Granz brought it out. Critics wondered whether Bird Parker, who had fought the […]