It was really good to meet you at WHC. I had a great time at dinner with Mark and Jeannie, and thanks for picking up the tab. The sign of a truly great man.
Hope to see you again soon.
17 Mon October 06 2003 - 11:58:57 Fullname: mort Email: Comments: darkomik writes: I have yet to nab that movie, Strangeland. I heard it's good.
I've heard the same. Truly, the world is loaded with talented people.
18 Mon October 06 2003 - 05:57:10 Fullname: Darkomik77 Email: Comments: I have yet to nab that movie, Strangeland. I heard it's good.
19 Sat October 04 2003 - 18:05:49 Fullname: Mort Email: Comments: SORTA NICE: If one is indeed known by the company one keeps
well, here's a partial table of contents from the just released....
READINGS FOR WRITERS
Jo Ray McCuen and Anthony Winkler
Thomson Learning Systems.
Intended for freshman composition courses in both four- and two-year schools. It's one of the most widely used texts out there.
Part I: READING AND WRITING.
Introduction to Part I: from Reading to Writing.
1. Guidelines For Critical Reading.
*Reading: The Doorway to Writing. Louis L'Amour, from Education of a Wandering Man.
Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"
Oscar Wilde, Letter to the Rev. J. Page Hopps.
Mort Castle, "Tone: The Writer's Voice in the Reader's Mind"
Bartolomeo Vanzetti, "Remarks on the Life of Sacco and on His Own Life and Execution"
Loren Eiseley, "Who is Man?"
Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Spring"
James Thurber, "The Catbird Seat"
William Shakespeare, "That Time of Year (Sonnet)"
William Somerset Maugham, "Pain"
Robert Frost, "The Flood"
Maya Angelou, "My Name Is Margaret"
Dick Gregory, "Shame"
Salman Rushdie, "America and Anti-Americans"
H. L. Mencken, "The Libido for the Ugly"
James Joyce, "Hell"
Eudora Welty, "A Worn Path"
William Shirer, "Hitler's Workday"
Kenneth Patchen, "How to Be an Army"
Adrienne Rich, "Living in Sin"
Archibald MacLeish, "Ars Poetica"
Bruce Catton, "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts"
William Golding, "Thinking as a Hobby"
Henry David Thoreau, "Why I Went to the Woods"
Kate Chopin, "The Storm"
Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal"
& just learned that a fellow Guest of Honor at the 14th Annual World Horror Conference is Dee Snider--why yes, the former lead singer for TWISTED SISTER -- and who, besides Tipper and Al, doesn't love SISTER?
20 Mon September 08 2003 - 01:21:37 Fullname: Darkomik77 Email: Comments: Mort, that depends on who you're talking to. I've seen the movie & remembered it. That's it. Never watched it in second or third or fourth. Once is enough. It's not really my favorite movie. Seems like the filmmakers couldn't make up their minds plotwise. So they threw in everything except the kitchen sink. (I know I know, cliche but you get the idea!)
21 Thu September 04 2003 - 00:29:51 Fullname: Mort Email: Comments: Darkomik says:
The character in question is from the movie, "Run Lola Run".
Wasn't that one of those movies you see 4 times and remember never?
22 Mon September 01 2003 - 06:54:11 Fullname: Darkomik77 Email: Comments: Mort, Lola the flaming redhead just ran away. She's just too shrill IMO. The character in question is from the movie, "Run Lola Run".
23 Mon August 04 2003 - 14:16:10 Fullname: mort Email: Comments: Lola writes...
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Comments: Cool Site!
Mort writes back:
You will find a lot of 'em here....
Oh, you already did.
24 Tue July 22 2003 - 14:12:20 Fullname: mort Email: Comments: Wm simmons says....
Hi Mort, I just wanted to thank you for the fine things you said about my FEAR FOCUS interview with T. M. Wright (HELLNOTES). It was a special delight coming from you:) Thanks. William Simmons
Well, I don't say things I don't believe. Outstanding job.
I just wanted to thank you for the fine things you said about my FEAR FOCUS interview with T. M. Wright (HELLNOTES). It was a special delight coming from you:)
26 Sat June 28 2003 - 13:18:06 Fullname: mort Email: Comments: Mark Powers writes:
Some day we'll both be on the first page....
Nah, good friend Powers, it ain't about bein' on the first page: It's being in the book--and then realizing the readers are free to turn to any page they wish in the order they choose.
Which is why I'm extremely grateful to those who "make the book" and invite me in, why I understand that "some books" aren't open to this guy, and why I acknowledge as only proper a reader's decision to read me first, middle, last, or not at all.
Which means someday is now, with or without the acknowledgement of awards.
What can I say, except that recently I've looked again at two of my unpublished poems about cemeteries and the death of a loved one--and, WOW!! MY GOD! The editors of the literary magazines that rejected them, can't SEE "IT," simply because, they can't SEE..."IT".... But I do. God, DO I NOW. And, one important magazine which turns my stuff down as "opaque" (the word that comes to mind for them) can't SEE "IT" either, even though one of those "opaque" poems they rejected was later published in the DAN RIVER ANTHOLOGY, 2001--on the first page! Same is true with the stokers... Some day we'll both be on the first page....
28 Sat June 21 2003 - 12:24:09 Fullname: mort Email: Comments: Says George:
Mort, no stokers! what a rip off! did you carry a buckeye with you?
Yeah,I usually do when travelling.
As you can understand, I would have been delighted to be awarded a Stoker.
This year, however, there were plenty of works which I can (sort of) objectively consider as being most definitely "Stoker worthy" and it's not as difficult to accept "non-winning" if the "winning" stuff does so because it deserves to.
And please, so that you don't think I'm being "overly good sportsy" in public, there have been years when a number of Stoker winners and nominees were far from what I consider award-meriting work.
But I did get to play a part in handing a prize to a most deserving author, one J.N. Williamson, a lifetime achievement award winner--and one who was deeply moved by this long and hard earned honor.
Like I said, good trip.
29 Tue June 17 2003 - 04:35:38 Fullname: george Email:
email@example.com Comments: Mort, no stokers! what a rip off! did you carry a buckeye with you?
30 Sat June 14 2003 - 13:50:30 Fullname: Mort Email: Comments: Back from New York (a wonderful time), no Stoker statues but lots of Carnegie Deli chopped liver.
New stuff: Just released, GRAPHICS CLASSICS presents AMBROSE BIERCE, with my four page comics meditation on the Old and Crabby Gringo's disappearance. Art is by the wonderful Dan Burr.
Today and tomorrow two of my wonderful high school kids--sorry, they are now offishul granulates--are in Washington, DC, picking up their Silver awards for writing at the 80th Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Feels good, you know?
To be released in July, READINGS FOR WRITERS, 11th edition, edited by McCuen and Winkler, with my little piece on "Tone" alongside those newcomers Eudora Welty, Kurt Vonnegut, etc. This one is the rhet text in lots of colleges so I have indeed gone most academic in my middle years.