Beautifully written. I laughed out loud, and then I cried my eyes out. This memoir is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. "Tuesdays With Morrie -- in Boots" is an apt description. My favorite chapter in this memoir is probably "The Duel," which I'll describe as Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, not in the boxing ring, but on the skeet-shooting range. Though I grew up in West Texas, not East or South Texas, the cultural references to the 1950s and '60s resonated strongly with my family's experiences. TRAVELS WITH GRANDPAW is an honest, authentic slice of Texas and Southern history, a window into a time that won't return again, but should never be forgotten. Highly recommended.
Hilarious! Deeply cynical, and spot on-target. Fresh-faced newbies might want to avoid this satire -- it will strip them of any delusions they might hold regarding the true nature of the publishing game. On the other hand, this "Dictionary" will shave years off a new writer's learning curve, turning newbies into the kind of seasoned veterans who will nod sagely at the Devil's definitions -- even while laughing their heads off. I'm reminded of Maurice Sendak, author of the famed children's book WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, who was recently quoted as saying: "It's [writing's] a waste of time. Publishing is vulgar and cheap, and they [writers] won't make a living." We all know it, and yet we do it anyway. THE LITERARY DEVIL'S DICTIONARY helps put our insanity into perspective. Highly recommended.