Articles by Court Merrigan

Review: Jailbait Justice by Danny Hogan

By Court Merrigan
October 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

Jailbait Justice, by Danny Hogan, is one cracking good read.  23,000 words of pure pulp fun and at $2.99 on the Kindle, a pure steal.  Imaginative without skimping on the blood or the story. I will tell you this, hand on heart, I ain’t good for much at all.  I can cook a meal fair enough [...]

Pay with a post for a new short story collection

By Court Merrigan
January 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

As experiments with publishing goes, this is an interesting one: you can download Australian writer Conor O’Brien’s new collection, Quiet City, for the price of a tweet and / or Facebook post.  Just go here and follow the clickys.  Alternatively, you can get the paper book for $12. I’d [...]

What is good writing? What is successful writing?

By Court Merrigan
September 8, 2010 // 20 Comments

I have spent the last years not making a living at being a writer; in particular the last 4 writing 2 novel manuscripts.  The first  went nowhere.  The second may soon follow suit. For nearly all of that time I had as my credo an outlook very similar to this one, as outlined by Douglas [...]

Pindeldyboz folds

By Court Merrigan
June 14, 2010 // 2 Comments

Pindeldyboz published my very first published short story, “In Hiding”, back in January of 2004. (Man, that seems like a long time ago.)I’m still rather fond of this story, for sentimental reasons, if not aesthetic reasons. Now comes the news that Pindeldyboz is folding. Says [...]

Concentration by Court Merrigan

By Court Merrigan
February 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows recently wrote on the sapping of our attention spans. In between clicks away to gmail, Facebook, and Chris’s own links, I was just able to read through to the end, and the comments after. Now perhaps I am merely mentally lazy and weak, as Steve Jordan suggests, but I don’t [...]

Philip Roth: The novel is screwed in the era of the screens

By Court Merrigan
October 23, 2009 // 18 Comments

Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown asked esteemed author Philip Roth, in this Vimeo video, about the future of the novel. Basically, Roth says, the novel is screwed.  Not even the Kindle can save the novel, because it has to compete against all those screens: first the movie screen, the TV screen, [...]

Why B&N called it the Nook: Maybe because they’re Dr. Seuss fans

By Court Merrigan
October 23, 2009 // 8 Comments

David and others may see some double entendre in Barnes & Noble’s new Nook<, but not me. Maybe I’m just hopelessly naïve, but not only does the Book Nook in my hometown represent my earliest childhood memory of a bookstore, but I also have a two-year old in my house.  So naturally [...]

Book review: ‘American Fever,’ by Peter Christian Hall

By Court Merrigan
October 9, 2009 // 2 Comments

Earlier this week, I took my family to get a seasonal flu vaccine. We waited in a line that extended to the sidewalk with hundreds of others, eyeing every cough and sneeze and sniffle with suspicion. This in my unassuming hometown (pop. 14000), where everyone knows everyone. Imagine such a scene [...]

The library upstairs

By Court Merrigan
October 1, 2009 // 6 Comments

I have a job.  At this job I can walk upstairs and go into the library.  This makes me happy. We’ll know that e-books have well and truly arrived on the day an e-reader evokes a similar response. Even better, I now have access to a state-wide network of libraries and, better still, the [...]

If this is the future of the novel, the novel is finished

By Court Merrigan
August 30, 2009 // 5 Comments

Reminder: These are Court’s personal opinions. Furlong fans are welcome to speak up in the comments area. – D.R. Today’s entry on the future of literature comes from Nicola Furlong, self-identified “shameless self-promoter” and Canadian writer of mysteries. Furlong has produced a [...]

How green is my Kindle?

By Court Merrigan
August 26, 2009 // 2 Comments

As if you needed another reason to switch to an e-reader: now they’re better for the environment, too. According to a report by the CleanTech Group, "e-readers purchased from 2009 to 2012 could prevent 5.3 billion kg of carbon dioxide in 2012, or 9.9 billion kg during the four-year time [...]

E vs. P: Snarky vids alone can’t save the Green Apple bookstore

By Court Merrigan
August 1, 2009 // 5 Comments

Planning an overnight layover in San Francisco a few years back, I asked a friend from the Bay Area what the best used bookstore in town was. Without hesitation, he said, “Green Apple Books.”  So I went there.  It’s just what you’d expect: the slightly standoffish clerks, the vast [...]

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