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Writing and Life Expanded Edition

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Michael Lydon

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A new, expanded edition of Writing and Life whose eight inspiring and concise essays celebrate the art of writing’s greatest triumph: capturing life and pinning it on the pages of a book. Lydon calls writing “a visible word music, more like singing than drawing,” and his prose rings with a rhythmic lyricisim that exemplifies his ideas. With warm enthusiasm and Lydon combs the works of writers from Cervantes to Raymond Chandler, Shakespeare to Nabokov, Balzac to Dreiser to show how good writing is itself alive. Writing and Life, says poet Michael McClure, has “the natural life of those books that hold readers’ attention because of their wit and fast-moving scholarship.”

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Newly expanded edition, 169 pp. $20





The original Writing and Life is still available in the original 1990 Patrick Press chapbook edition, and in the 1995 University Press of New England edition. 93 pp. $10.00 either edition.

The four new essays — Opposites, Prose Rhythm, Bad Writing, and A House of Books, are also available as chapbooks you can find in this site’s Bookstores.

a wind has blown the rain away

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Michael Lydon

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Nineteen passionate and reflective poems by e. e. cummings set to romantic, melodic music by Ellen Mandel.

To an Isle in the Water

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Michael Lydon

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Five poems by William Butler Yeats, including poems beloved by generations—including “Down by the Sally Gardens” and “The Song of Wandering Aengus,” set to music by composer Ellen Mandel.

Spinoza and My Friend Janey

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Michael Lydon

Spinoza and My Friend Janey

Spinoza and My Friend Janey, a novel-memoir by Mindrva Rosenberg, takes us on an roller coaster ride of two women— quiet Meriam Singer and her sharp-tongued and sexy friend, Janey Shipera — from Meriam’s childhood in small town Massachusetts, to her meeting Janey in college, then marriage, motherhood, Florida retirement, and widowhood, without ever losing hope in their destinies or their quirky senses of humor.

Their rollicking journey, with many poignant twists, leads Meriam and Janey through countless romantic heartaches. Janey, for all her savvy wit, gets locked in a long relationship with serial-cheater Arnie Apperstein, while Meriam contends with the disappearance of her “true love” Dovie Weiner.

Filled with telepathists, mediums, and a host of unusual characters, Spinoza and My Friend Janey will prove an entertaining and thought-provoking read.

204 pp. $20.00


Centers for the Bay Area

Posted on: December 19th, 2012 by Michael Lydon

Centers for the Bay Area

Since the 1930’s, the San Francisco Bay Area has been sprawling further and further over the nine counties and hundred towns that surround its big cities: Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco. This long-term outward push has generated massive commuting along the freeways, a burden in time, energy, and money felt heavily in millions of daily lives. In Centers for the Bay Area, Peter Lydon urges the towns and counties to focus their growth on Centers, walkable communities built around rail transit stations.

In each about 10,000 people will live in high- and mid-rise towers and townhouses, with half of each 300 acre site kept green for gardens and sporting fields. The Bay Area, under pressure from California’s climate protection legislation, is now moving toward “smart growth,” but Centers for the Bay Area argues for still more decisive, forward looking urban design innovation for the region-and for similar mega-cities across the country.

Illustrated with many photos, graphs, tables, and detailed visualizations.

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Available in the perfect bound Franklin St Press first edition. 77 pp. $15.00

Writing and Life

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Lydon

Writing and Life

Four essays says on writing that add up to a concise explanation of how the ancient art describes life and conveys thought in word, one human to another. Read excerpt

Available in the original 1990 Patrick Press chapbook edition and in the 1995 University Press of New England edition. 93 pp. $10.00 either edition

“Amusing and informative… a combination of wit and fast-moving scholarship.” poet Michael McClure
“Lydon expresses the joy he feels for language, his own personal connection to writing.” teacher Marcia Liu.

Now What? A Philosophy of Freedom and Equality

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Lydon

Now What? A Philosophy of Freedom and Equality

A passionate declaration that all humans are free and equal. Why? Because, Lydon argues in plain prose, we all live in a present rushing into an unknown future, and where we stop, nobody knows!

Available in the original 1993 Patrick Press chapbook edition and in the 2011 perfect bound edition. 78 pp. $10.00 either edition.

Find the e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo

Opposites and Offbeats

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Lydon

Opposites and Offbeats

Two essays on language, the first on oxymorons (linked opposites like Shakespeare’s “cold fire”) and how they energize writing by capturing life’s ups and downs into words; and the second on the irregular but powerful beats of prose rhythm. Read excerpt

Available in the original 2001 Patrick Press chapbook edition. 57 pp. $8.00

Real Writing: Word Models of the Modern World

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Lydon 1 Comment

Real Writing: Word Models of the Modern World

Linked essays on six great realists—Honore de Balzac, Anthony Trollope, Gorge Eliot, Theodore Dreiser, James Jones, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn—that show how the six, like blind men around the elephant, see and paint the real world, each from their own unique point of view. Patrick Press’ biggest book, first published in 2001, now available in a handsome perfect bound paperback edition.

Quotes from a recent review:

Throughout Real Writing Michael Lydon creates a solid thesis for the power of realism. Though each of six writers he examines are products of their own times, with settings and themes determined by the key concerns of the day, there is a timelessness to their themes and characters. Pain, joy, love and desire hasn’t changed a bit since Balzac’s day and the novels explored in Real Writing speak strongly to modern readers. For fans of these authors, Lydon’s charming, easy-to-read prose will provide new insights and links. For others, Real Writing will likely tempt readers to further examine the books explored within.

from The Compulsive Reader:  http://www.compulsivereader.com

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Available in the 2011 Franklin Street Press perfect bound edition. 270 pp. $24.00

“Fresh and personal writing about literature—from the heart and mind.” Linda Bamber, Tufts.
“A gifted and sensitive writer; readers will find the pages almost turning themselves.” Electric Review

Bad Writing

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Lydon 1 Comment

Bad Writing

Good writing that lives through passing centuries is rare, Lydon argues in Bad Writing; most writing soon dies because it never gets a grasp on life. With examples from newspapers puff pieces, pulp mystery writers, and pompous William Buckley, plus an extended study of The Caxtons by Lord Bulwer-Lytton. Read excerpt

Available in the original 2001 Patrick Press chapbook edition. 40 pp. $8.00