Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
When You Part Company with Your Publisher
posted by Ed Farber on April 11, 2016

Apologies for not having written here in some time. But I've been busier than normal. The reason? I am right in the middle of re-publishing my novel, Elixir of the Incas. The original publisher of the novel and I have concluded our...read more


New Year's Eve Trivia
posted by Ed Farber on January 1, 2016

Here are some fun facts and trivia associated with the celebration of New Year's Eve.

1) The first recorded New Year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians, although many ancient societies had such celebrations....read more


Tin Pan Alley and Elixir of the Incas
posted by Ed Farber on November 12, 2015

Most of us, especially if you’re over 50, have heard the name Tin Pan Alley in relation to pop music...read more


QWERTY...Do You Know What It Stands For?
posted by Ed Farber on October 19, 2015

It’s an odd word isn’t it? Actually it’s not a word at all, but if you use a computer keyboard you’ve seen it often.  Take a look at the first six keys on the line below the numbers....read more


How Old is Too Old to Be an Author?
posted by Ed Farber on August 27, 2015

You're never too old to become an author!

I began years ago by writing short stories for publication after I retired at age 66, and quite a number of my stories were published in literary journals. That's a great way to hone...read more


Can An Old Dog Learn New (marketing) Tricks?
posted by Ed Farber on August 19, 2015

I’m an old advertising/marketing man who worked before there was an internet, much less social media. That’s really old! While I wrote tons of non-fiction related to my clients (public relations, magazine...read more


Another "Real" Character
posted by Ed Farber on June 17, 2015

Another “real” character in my...read more


In my novel, Elixir of the Incas, one of the “real” characters (as opposed to totally fictional characters)...read more


What the Heck is "Elixir of the Incas"???
posted by Ed Farber on February 19, 2015

Elixir of the Incas, my new novel, has been published by Rocking Horse Publishing and is now available on Amazon in both print and ebook editions.

It’s a great feeling when you first see your book in print, no matter what the...read more


Me, Phyliss Diller, The Crystal Palace and the Landesmans
posted by Ed Farber on January 5, 2015

Did you know that Phyliss Diller, the comedienne who came to fame in the late ‘50s-‘70s, was a homeowner in Webster Groves (suburb of St. Louis) in the early 60s? I met her through Jay Landesman who hired her for several gigs at his...read more