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An homage for Mr. Oliphant

Robert OliphantWhile The Remainders is being considered for publication, I will post spoiler-free commentaries about the issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the third installment of the series.

In The Remainders, I have a character named Mrs. Cimino. She doesn’t have a piano (but she has a whole lot of other problems). She is an homage to a teacher at CSUN who encouraged my writing career at a time when I needed it. He was Robert T. Oliphant.

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The invisible

A homeless man (image from Pixel Bay)While The Remainders is being considered for publication, I will post spoiler-free commentaries about the issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the second installment of the series.

I confess: I don’t see them either.

I know they’re there. They hold up cardboard signs as they stand at the exits of shopping malls. They sit in back corner of the public library when they are not using the bathroom. They push shopping carts filled with stuffed black plastic bags.

I know they’re there, but I don’t see them. Neither do most of us.

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Why I can’t write a roman à clef

Not that type of Roman

Not that type of Roman.

While The Remainders is being considered for publication, I will post spoiler-free commentaries about the issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the first installment of the series.

The Remainders is a personal story, but it is not a roman à clef. You won’t be able to say Character A = Person B and even a character who seems like someone really isn’t.  This isn’t just a writing choice. I tried writing a roman à clef years ago, and I didn’t even finish the first draft. Here are the problems I see in that style.

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What is good technology — The trouble with obsolescence

Replacing an old MacBook Pro with a new one.

Next week, Apple will announce a bunch of new products. But I couldn’t wait for Tim Cook to unveil the new MacBook Pro that has been rumored about for months. I had to replace mine before the logic board died completely. I had my early-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro for nearly 4 1/2 years. That’s usually considered a good run for a laptop. My favorite Windows laptop, a blue HP Pavilion I used to write Offline, lasted that long. But for an Apple product, 4 1/2 years doesn’t seem long enough.

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Investing in retrospect

Sheldon Stern photo and quoteMy dad died on August 31, 1986. This week not only marks the 30th anniversary of his death, I’m now as old as he was when he died. This has given me a lot to think about.

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