“Tree of Lives” by Elizabeth Garden (Book Review)

“Elizabeth Garden is herself an abuse survivor, her words contains the necessary emotions and language patterns for what in psychology is called: “tertiary social sharing.”

Author Roman Payne Discusses Wandering and His New Novel, “The Love of Europa”

Reprinted from GreatNovels.org “To wander is to be alive.” – Roman Payne ABOVE:  The wanderer stops to take respite as he roams about. “Wandering is the major theme of both my life and my work – and they are the same thing.” – Roman Payne On April 10th, 2015, William Sheller at GreatNovels.org asks Roman […]

A Press Pass Can Make a King or Queen of an Independent Journalist – But is it Fair?

Today, an association like TravelWritersNetwork.com issues professional credit card-style press passes to journalists and bloggers, which allows them to move like royalty in society, arranging interviews with celebrities, receiving discounts on hotel stays and trips, as well as free dinners and a whole range of star-quality benefits.  But many old journalism institutions oppose these associations, […]

Literary Quote from the novel, “The Wanderess” (Chapter XXV)

“She was a free bird one minute: queen of the world and laughing. The next minute she would be in tears like a porcelain angel, about to teeter, fall and break. She never cried because she was afraid that something ‘would’ happen; she would cry because she feared something that could render the world more […]

Literary-Fiction Writer Removed from Amazon Kindle Store for Not Accepting “Erotica” Label

Amazon.com: the world’s largest bookstore and literature’s most powerful decision-maker.  They seem to have now assumed the position of the Minister of Cultural and Judge of Public Decency… but is this business powerhouse capable of justice in the domain of Art & Culture?  It appears so, as they have just banished a work of literature […]

“Ode to Spring” (excerpt from the novel “Rooftop Soliloquy”)

Click the image above to enlarge  ODE TO SPRING: “Did I live the spring I’d sought? It’s true in joy, I walked along, took part in dance, and sang the song. and never tried to bind an hour to my borrowed garden bower; nor did I once entreat a day to slumber at my feet. […]

William Burroughs – The Bad Boy of American Literature

American writer of experimental novels, who lived long times in Mexico City, Tanger, Paris, and London. Burroughs’s homosexual themes in THE NAKED LUNCH (1959) and the frankness with which he dealt with his own experiences as a drug addict sparkled the last major obscenity trial in U.S., but won him a following among writers, musicians, […]

New Book Encourages Young Women to Travel Alone: Exploring the “Girl’s” Coming-of-Age Novel

It is a cold November morning in New York, and a new and very interesting novel just came out.  Very few novels are published with titles like: The Portrait of an Artist as a Young ‘Woman.’  And even if a woman comes of age in a novel, she may as an artist, but never an […]

Charles Baudelaire: The Dark Genius of the City of Light

One of the greatest French poets of the 19th century, often called “the father of modern criticism,” who shocked his contemporaries with his visions of lust and decay. In his own time Baudelaire was largely ignored. With Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine he formed the so-called Decadents. Baudelaire argued in LE PEINTRE DE LA VIE […]