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Mickey Spillane and Presidential Speeches

Whether you sniffed at Mickey Spillane’s prose or not, he was clearly a great guy who wrote a lot of books. (And I, the Jury is very readable stuff. Take a break from Atwood and read something with a plot for a change.)

A lot of people who don’t read, read Spillane. Yeah, I mean men. I do wish more men read. Male readers are becoming a weird minority subculture roughly equal in number to fart huffing fetishists (though I’m not suggesting there’s a set overlap in that example.)*

Spillane had a great life most authors could only dream about. Though prolific, he wasn’t always motivated. However, when his accountant called to tell him he was running out of money again, he suddenly found his muse.

BONUS

*Which reminds me: In a recent post I discussed coming publishing trends. Here’s another: more graphic novels and a new category, graphic short stories (comic books are graphic short stories, but I mean your literary efforts illustrated.)

My own editor confessed that she’s reading shorter and shorter mag articles due to the demands on her attention and her time. The reading shift is even evident in presidential speeches. In Abraham Lincoln’s time, sentences in speeches were 60 words long. In modern times, 20 words is average.

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