Have a bit of laughter with your tea

by Jim Fletcher -- I love – love – what I call "specialty" books. They're usually fun and, if lightning strikes, become at least underground classics. My all-time favorite is "The Buddy more…

Journalists knowingly lie? You betcha

by Jim Fletcher -- The epidemic of lying in the media is so fascinating, I thought it would make for another column (or 40). When someone like Bill Clinton claims that he more…

Journalism's hidden agenda

by Jim Fletcher -- Increasingly, in our relativistic culture, publishing itself has become polluted with lies, bias and propaganda. When I was in journalism classes in college, I was fortunate to have more…

Did it come from outer space?

by Jim Fletcher -- Book reviewers know that King Solomon's assertion that there's "nothing new under the sun" is wildly true. Millions of writers and a finite number of original ideas often more…

Hail to the ... thief?

by Jim Fletcher -- There is still an "Old West" feel to book publishing in America. And why not? We are still a republic stretching its horizons. The American dream is very more…

Mastering the art of the proposal

by Jim Fletcher -- When I was a kid, I was the sort who followed instructions to the letter. I was overly eager to please. When our kindergarten teacher told us we more…

George Washington, a very un-PC president

by Jim Fletcher -- One of my favorite places to visit is Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington. I've been there several times. The beautiful grounds, the history ... it's more…