Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press

Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right “fit.” Of course, that can get expensive after a while, so here’s some good news. The good folks who published my first two novels, The Permanent Press, are offering one of their titles free of charge: The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann. (Click here for a review I posted a while back.) For information on this offer, visit the blog of Martin Shepard, a co-publisher of The Permanent Press: The Cockeyed Pessimist. Even if you’re not an aspiring writer, this is an offer that’s tough to beat — a good book from a press that has my deepest respect, and it’s free!

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Lou Reed

Here’s a track from my friend Scot Sax and his band Wanderlust, whom you may recall from a longish essay I posted a few months back. It’s called “Lou Reed,” and it’s slated for inclusion on the band’s forthcoming CD. And don’t worry… He gave me permission to share it with the world on my blog, so feel free to download the song if you like it. Check out their website for information about the band and more free music.