Monthly Archives: November 2009
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 30, 2009
“A Nine-Mile Walk” is a classic mystery short story by Harry Kemelman, who also wrote all those Rabbi Small novels — Friday the Rabbi Slept Late and etc. In the short story, two men hear a single line of dialogue spoken into a pay phone (“A nine mile walk is no joke, especially in the […]
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 25, 2009
Excellent physics-puzzle game Cover Orange. Place the boxes and wheels and barrels so as to protect your little orange from the evil passing stormcloud. Some of the levels are very cleverly designed. (Oh, and: Happy Thanksgiving!)
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 20, 2009
Wow! The school district that hired me this week — Hillsborough County Public Schools — just received a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Congrats!
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 19, 2009
Greetings from Tampa, Florida, where I am midway through a full week of school visits. The kids have been crazily enthusiastic, and it’s been a delight to serve up puzzles to them and watch their little hands shoot to the ceiling whether they know the answer or not. Oftentimes they raise their hands before I […]
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 18, 2009
If the agent and agency you discuss here is still doing business, do your fellow writers a favor and tell us who you are talking about. Who on earth are you trying to protect by not naming names?
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 17, 2009
Peter Gordon is getting back in the crossword game with his new Fireball Crosswords.
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 14, 2009
Lea had homework the other day where she had to write sentences using various assigned words. For one sentence, she wrote: “I would like to learn about squirrels someday.” Today this homework came back with a single application of red ink from the teacher: She inserted a caret in front of squirrels and wrote, “Adjective […]
By Eric Berlin | Published: November 12, 2009
No one knows if the Addams’ Family musical is going to be any good, but by gum, the costume and make-up people have sure done their job.