Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Final Part of Edgar E. Willis World War II Memoir and Following the Rules Preview

And Then Some Publishing News

It might be the final part of the Civilian in an Ill-fitting Uniform interview with Edgar E. Willis, however there's more. What? There's more? 

We have more video's from Edgar coming soon and he is about to turn 97.... YES, 97! The upcoming video series comes from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Edgar presents a combination of a lecture and a question and answer session all about William Shakespeare. If you love Shakespeare or have to study him, then you are in for a treat! 

Part 4, is the conclusion of Anthony Weaver's interview with author Edgar E. Willis. At 96, Anthony's grandfather, retired Emeritus Professor of Communication at the University of Michigan, penned his memoir Civilian in an Ill-fitting Uniform. This book is Edgar's account of the time before and after he served on the USS Alaska during World War II. In his decommission Edgar faced some big decisions that would choose the path for his life. With an education, he had career choices, a wife and children, what was to happen next?... And what does he hope readers will take away from his World War II memoir?

Click here if you can't see Part 4 of Edgar's interview.

Usually, we provide links to all of the videos in the Civilian interview series here. Instead, this week we want you to go to Edgar's website: EdgarEWillis.com. As soon as this post is published And Then Some Publishing is updating the website for better access to content and where you will be able to see all his videos in one place. Check the progress of our changes EdgarEWillis.com.


Thursday's And Then Some Essay preview:

Thursday’s essay is called, “Following the rules." After an unabashingly, unsubtle attempt to sell my rules-based books, I talk about a column in the New York Times by Jane E. Brody entitled, “Rules Worth Following, for Everyone’s Sake.”   In this column, Brody reviews Michael Pollan's book called Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (137 pages, $11 retail, $5.50 at Amazon).  I mention some of Pollan's rules and comments by other reviewers of his book.  In the excerpt from the essay located below, I share some insights about those who may not appreciate Pollan's book; thus, you can determine---right here and now!---whether or not my essay is worth reading.

Following the Rules
by Richard L. Weaver II


There are three types of people who will not appreciate Pollan’s book.  First, those who have read his previous books will find this one redundant.  More than that, it is simply a distillation of and recycled verbatim from his previous book, In Defense of Food, referred to above.  Second, if you are already into food and nutrition, you will find much of what Pollan says, common sense—maybe even, elementary.  The third type of person who can skip this book and his previous one are those who simply adopt Pollan’s approach, which he summarized in just seven words: “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”  Obesity solved!  Diet-related ailments eliminated!

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