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Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to Train a Rock

How to Train a Rock by Paul Steven Stone

This collection of "short insights and fiction flights" reads much like your average local weekly newspaper column...written by your better-than-average local newspaper writer.

Paul Steven Stone is insightful, thought-provoking and witty, and he effectively uses the length of his columns (for lack of a better term) to tell a story or just to produce a quick laugh.

He has included short stories like Pretty White Gloves, telling you just enough of one man's day to make you wonder what will happen to him as the story ends.

His tongue sits in silence behind crusted chapped lips and chattering teeth while half-shut eyes follow pedestrians fleeing from the bitter cold and his outstretched cup.

Then there are the sales pitches.

If you or anyone you know has been wrongfully murdered, been born with an unfair handicap...or been victimized by an act of may be in line for a huge financial settlement.

The other 50 or so columns also include wit and sentiment, politics and even a little religion. They're easy to read not only because they're short, but also because they're just plain good.

For more information about Stone or his writing, check out his blog.

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