Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I write about my heresy. Finally went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a friend. We waited until the crowds had thinned. I'm not a Star Wars fanatic. Saw the first three and ignored the next batch. This latest effort, a Disney product, seemed to me a tired retread. The original actors are all there, but long in tooth and slow of action or enthusiasm.…

Dead Wake

Dead Wake by Erik LarsonI received a copy of Erik Larson’s "Dead Wake" over Christmas and devoured it in three days. Larson is a terrific storyteller with a detective's eye for detail. Though I knew the outcome…

Pearl Harbor

Pearl HarborPearl Harbor

Yesterday was the seventy-fourth anniversary of Pearl Harbor. There soon will be no survivors of that attack to speak to visitors who visit Hawaii to see the site. I grew up in Hawaii in a military family—my father was a WWII…

Sliver Lining

Sliver Lining

Sliver Lining in losing your writingThere is nothing worse than losing your written work during a productive session. You face the dreaded “Where did those paragraphs or that page go?” It’s as if small gods ruling keyboard or hard drive sabotaged…

Tom Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe

There is no motivation higher than being a good writer.” Author Tom Wolfe

Wolfe, the much-admired writer who coined so many catchy phrases to describe life in this American century, is still laboring at 84, an age when most people…