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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Letterman Should Get an F for Humoring the Staff

Funny men have been making fun of others for thousands of years. In classical Greece Aristophanes, the playwright skewered Socrates and other philosophers in several of his plays. Nothing wrong with that, except that no one dared skewer Aristophanes who was a mean fellow.

But shouldn't ‘turn about’ be fair play with comics and entertainers? Leading a double life seems the acceptable norm for notorious comics, to wit: Roman Polansky, Jerry Seinfeld, Peewee Herman, Woody Allen, and other notorious funny men. They exploit their public persona --the false image of a sanctimonious and pious individual-- not only to get laughs, but often to torture their targets.

To malign Sarah Palin's daughter was not only cruel but low and mean and despicable.

It seems that the public tolerates their abusive behavior as long as they get decent entertainment. But we are beginning to realize that their personal acts are neither entertaining nor decent.

Sexual harassment

David Letterman comes across as a fellow who never does wrong; hence the license to abuse the vulnerable. Now it turns out that the "letterman" is a fellow who does do wrong: he's a predator. A sexual predator indeed. How can a staffer keep her job, and ward off the advances of the boss? Not funny at all. No way.

In other places of work, this is called coercion and 'sexual harassment.'

And where is the moral outrage? The advertisers aren't pulling out and the network hasn't condemned such abusive behavior.

Women’s rights

Not a single women's rights organization has expressed indignation at Letterman's behavior. What are they waiting for? Are we to believe that the females employees' sexual participation was part of the job description? Yeah, right! David Letterman’s sordid affairs has set back women’s rights back the pre-Anita Hill era.

So what makes David Letterman different from our former fallen New York Governor Eliot Spitzer or even our former president Bill Clinton? Well, you might say one is a comic and the others are hypocrites. But does the moral law apply to one and not the others?

While Eliot Spitzer was run out of office, and Bill Clinton was impeached, David Letterman might negotiate an even larger contract. And a larger staff to satisfy him? Go figure.

Meanwhile, that poor soul, Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, the alleged extortionist has been arraigned. And David Letterman has been given a pass--but shouldn't Halderman be protected under the "Whistle-blower" law?

The AP said that Letterman had created a "brilliant, unsettling hour of TV." Linda Stasi of the New York Post, said Letterman's "explanation-as-monologue was nothing short of brilliant." Of course the AP is a faceless bureaucracy, but Linda Stasi isn't. She's a woman who defends sex predators. "Brilliant" indeed--not shady is the language of choice to describe this comic janus.

Let's see how this plays out. For once I'd like to see justice upright and not upside down, where the sex offender is the victim and the whistle-blower is the villain.

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