Straight Dope

The collected thoughts of Bongs For Steve author I J Baker, and others.

Why your novel doesn’t need an enticing first line

Why your novel doesn’t need an enticing first line

Much has been said about opening lines, and yet some very successful novels make pedestrian starts. Here are 10 lazy intros that worked.
What it’s like to order a review from Readers’ Favorite

What it’s like to order a review from Readers’ Favorite

The US-based service offers authors a free book review, and says you can receive more than one if you pay. How credible is it?
On the intimacy of getting stoned in good company

On the intimacy of getting stoned in good company

Part of what is fun about getting high with good friends is its diluting of self-critical social restraint.
Dim lights, small city

Dim lights, small city

Bongs For Steve settings feel grungy alongside the nightspots of Bright Lights, Big City, but its narrator gets more from his drug use.
Can you ruin your life?

Can you ruin your life?

You might believe that you have. And you might be quite wrong about that.

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