Recent Reviews for David A. Schwinghammer
Seminary Boy, a memoir (Short Story) - 10/22/2014 5:38:22 AM|
You didn't state the era, but I get the impression that it was some time ago. John Cromwell sounds like someone who was famous. As for Catholic rituals, as a young man growing up I found Catholic practices in our two thirds Catholic town quite laughable. However, I was never prone to bully Catholic kids even though I didn't understand why so many went off to the nunnery or the seminary and then came back, still acting like they were schizophrenic, evil one day and pious the next. Well, at least, two-faced.
Don't think that I'll be reading it.
PS. I see that he wrote the book in 2006 according to the New York Times, and wrote bestseller called, Hitler's Pope. From my era, but it appears that he was in England.
Seminary Boy, a memoir (Short Story) - 10/20/2014 4:27:22 PM
This sounds fascinating. I changed my religion at age 19 and have often pondered the decision. I will be looking for Seminary Boy. Eileen
Fisher of Men, Chapter Nine (Short Story) - 8/2/2014 7:16:54 AM
I don't know if you posted earlier chapters, but I had difficulty placing the characters because there were so many, so quickly. I must admit familiarity with much of what you've written because of my early upbringing in a Catholic town in Wisconsin and familiarity with the Twin Cities area.
While I'm quite familiar with the vocabulary, I found it a bit over-the-top in all of the conversations, perhaps because I'm highly educated, and while I know those terms, I don't ordinarily use them in conversation. However, as a writer, I can see why using that wild and humorous language continuously makes it more interesting for the reader, it's not realistic in life. And I'm more of a realist than a hook writer.
Then again, I did not grow up and spend my entire life in the same community. I think that breeds this kind of familiarity and small talk. Like when my cousin who lived in Anoka told me once after she lost her job, "I guess I'll have to go and hinge my heels on Hennepin Avenue." She didn't. But did go to work for the University of Phoenix, almost as bad. ;-)
Fisher of Men, Chapter Nine (Short Story) - 8/2/2014 4:21:24 AM
You just get better all the time!
Dissecting Beowulf (Short Story) - 8/2/2014 2:50:29 AM
Fisher of Men, Chapter Nine (Short Story) - 8/2/2014 2:49:47 AM
Soldier's Gap, Chapter Three (Short Story) - 3/24/2014 8:11:30 PM
Another great one!
Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Nine (Short Story) - 1/16/2014 9:57:14 PM
Cool "who dunnit"!
Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Nine (Short Story) - 1/6/2014 7:46:55 AM
I loved that movie, Fargo, and that's the first thing that came to my mind. My cousin also died mysteriously in a car wreck in 2009 in North Dakota and I think he may have faked his death because his two multimillion dollar businesses were about to fail with the economic downturn and he knew how to get out of trouble like that leaving Dayton Ohio for British Columbia many years earlier, one slick dude.
I'm not much for whodunits, but your small-town story strikes home since I'm from a small town in Wisconsin and know how these intrigues develop. In my hometown, one of my childhood neighbors became an investigative lieutenant on the police force. He uncovered a scheme involving the chief and most of the police force stealing from most of the merchants on Main Street with keys they had supposedly to protect them from burglaries. They committed the burglaries and then investigated them without finding the culprits. This went on for years.
Ned didn't do it?
Little Crow (Short Story) - 7/13/2013 2:03:59 AM
Interesting take about how a peaceful day for a farmer turned into something deadly. Those were the days, of course.
Saw a typo error with the use of "gage" in the third line; I think you meant to use "gauge"
Black and White and Red All over (Short Story) - 11/29/2011 10:39:41 AM
Nuns as teachers were often alternatly intimidating and annoying, those in my family taught by them referred to them as 'crows'. This title was not meant to flatter. They did teach you to diagram a sentence however!!! not a skill in great need these days, as you can see this excerpt has brought memories to fore....good writing, p.s. line 13 has the word class miss-spelled. Sandi
Prodigy with Hooves (Short Story) - 11/23/2009 5:38:20 PM
Enjoyed the walk down memory lane took me back to my own youthful misadventures great story
Little Crow (Short Story) - 11/9/2009 3:03:06 AM
Compelling story, David; well written!
(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
MENGELE'S DOUBLE, Chapter One (Short Story) - 10/15/2009 1:50:19 AM
i'll read more
Mengele's Double, Chapter Five (Short Story) - 10/15/2009 1:48:10 AM
Mengele's Double, Chapter Two (Short Story) - 5/19/2009 4:22:04 AM
hold's reader interest
Alpha Female (Short Story) - 3/6/2009 6:02:03 PM
Oh my gosh--this is just about the funniest short story that I've ever read! Blue-haired barracuda? Mushmouthed duck? The Benedetto twins? There's just so much here to like! Great job!
MENGELE'S DOUBLE, Chapter One (Short Story) - 1/24/2009 3:13:32 AM
WOW! I am sorry you wont be posting chapter two, this had me on the edge of my seat, thank you for sharing this! You drew me in and didnt let go, and painted a very vivid picture of what was happening in my mind, thank you.
In Christs Love
War of the Wills (Short Story) - 7/27/2008 1:24:11 PM
Terrific story, Dave. Hey, I can't even tell you're a former teacher. :) Really, I liked this one a lot. I was hooked the whole way. Run through it with an editor's eye, though. There are just a few little boo-boos.
-- Dave Lane
The Telemarketer (Short Story) - 6/28/2008 5:25:10 PM
This is a very touching story! I didn't know that you had it in you to write with a romantic twist! I liked the characters, but Gus is the best... Cindy
The Ghoul (Short Story) - 6/23/2008 3:14:38 PM
If you like Stephen King, you'll love The Ghoul by Dave Schwinghammer! Hal Trask is an obituary writer for the Minneapolis Gazzette. In his spare time, he sidelights as a taxidermist. But does he "stuff" more than dead animals and family pets? The Ghoul may be ghoulish, but it is also filled with some humor. All in all, it's a great story.
Today, I go to God (Short Story) - 3/27/2008 11:51:50 AM
Great stuff, David. You have a very accessible style, and your characters really come alive with the subtle traits you ascribe to them. Very nice. - Dave Lane
All the Good Stories Are Taken (Short Story) - 3/18/2008 2:52:56 PM
Great stuff. I really couldn't stop reading, and I love the subtle humor throughout (sometimes not so subtle) and the literary references. Terrific.
Alpha Female (Short Story) - 1/18/2008 4:57:55 PM
Another excellent story. I really liked the way you characterized these people. Samantha certainly was an "Alpha Female." And Donald was so real and honest I couldn't help but like and identify with him. Wonderful!
Limbo (Short Story) - 1/18/2008 4:44:17 PM
Oh my gosh, David. Wow. This really took me by surprise. I was reading along, caught up in and enjoying this poor dad's story when suddenly it turned into quite another story altogether. Talk about fantastic use of irony. WOW!
Rube Waddell, book review (Article) - 2/28/2015 11:20:01 AM
After reading about Rube Waddell in various places I decided to write a novel to bring him to life. It's called "King of the Hall of Flakes". It was a lot of fun to write since Rube was such a lovable and wacky character. It has a lot of comedy but also several scenes depicting baseball as it was played in the early 20th century.
The Three Stooges, book review (Article) - 2/11/2015 6:52:43 AM
Another good review letting us know the scoop on the author and the contents of one of the strangest success stories of the 20th century.
Even as a youngster, although I watched many of the shorts presented between full-length movies in the theater or later on television, I never found their slapstick humor very funny, even at its best. I think the right terminology is "underachieving males." I never quite understood the behavior of the average underachieving male, wasting a lot of time on stupid, trivial, and sometimes, dangerous, pursuits. The Stooges's are alive today in Dumb and Dumber and on YouTube with scads of imitators.
The Three Stooges, book review (Article) - 2/10/2015 10:19:50 AM
My brothers enjoyed and laughed at the Stooges whereas I could not see the humor. You're right!
The Three Stooges, book review (Article) - 2/10/2015 8:41:33 AM
A concise review. Thanks David. It's amazing that in their '60's, the Stooges had six starring role feature films from 1959 to 1963.
The God Particle (Article) - 1/21/2015 8:38:52 AM
A very well researched and presented article on the subject that is so often overlooked in a God-fearing world. I applaud your clarity in its presentation.
Empire of Sin, book review (Article) - 1/8/2015 9:48:58 AM
Very interesting. I found it also interesting that Houston was included in the competitors for vice. I can see where Atlanta may have been, having lived there and experienced some of the nightlife. San Francisco wasn't mentioned, but that may have been too far away. Anyway, I always thought that New Orleans's reputation went back to just after the war of 1812 when shipping on the Mississippi was so important to the Midwest. I didn't know that that character and jazz came about only after prohibition.
I'm with you. People shouldn't be writing pseudo-history as history. Nothing beats good research and good references for historical verification.
Science at the Edge, book review (Article) - 12/18/2014 2:11:30 AM
enjoyed the read, good review
Science at the Edge, book review (Article) - 12/17/2014 10:36:05 AM
It's good to hear that the Higgs boson exists and that that part of the mathematics is correct. I'm sure that many branches of mathematical cosmology will lead to nothing as things develop, and, in 50 years, we will see whole new technologies that no one predicted come to the fore. I think the combination of studying brain processes and developing artificial intelligence functions will result in some remarkable developments, but I tend to agree that it will be some time before artificial intelligence will have any form of "humanlike" behavior. While, in most areas of narrow (playing chess) human function, artificial intelligence will outpace humans easily… Already has.
Michio Kaku did a similar thing in 2011 for the next hundred years in his Physics of the Future. I see that he is also come out with, in 2014, The Future of the Mind.
It looks like I'm going to have to read up on these books if I'm going to write any reasonable, facts based science fiction in the future.
Great job, as usual, of reviewing…
Obama, a Modern Caesar? (Article) - 12/3/2014 8:42:06 AM
Excellent points, David. Once upon a time Mr. Will had some credibility but he has squandered it these past few years. Thanks for pointing out Caesar's link to the Poor. Typical that tyrants down history have co-opted his name in order to rule in the name of wealth, power, nobility, etc. - well done.
Americans Need to Pull Together (Article) - 11/14/2014 7:48:40 AM
Wow! You know how to write it the way it is! I agree 100% with everything that you wrote.
There seems to be a sea change happening in the United States (not America, North and South, the continents). The capitalists have always relied on cheap immigrant labor and the freest (sometimes illegal) trade they can find in order to become so rich. With riches, comes power, and power means political clout. That's how the rich control the government--by buying politicians, scientific quacks, and the media to spread their message and win the masses over to their ideas. As a result of their largess, the country is becoming very internationalized by population, and the races are intermarrying at a tremendous rate, producing young people like our president and scaring the hell out of those that think they are pure because their ancestors came here early from Europe.
It will take a while, but all of the young people who now have health insurance thanks to the law and don't vote, and the Hispanics who have always avoided voting to avoid detection, will see that those with Hispanic sounding names like Ted Cruz are not in their best favor and take back the country for the future, and not the past.
I have been unable to discuss issues with my sister who only gets one good TV channel, Fox TV 9. She cuts me off, calls me names, and stands on unscientific propaganda that she gets from her friends, the very people who have ruined her retirement and her freedom. She fears almost everything and now carries a pistol. She thinks poor folks are "lazy," although she has worked hard and is among the working poor. I was surprised when I saw that Fox was offering "Cosmos." I noticed that they cut it off as soon as Neil Degrasse Tyson explained why global warming was happening and its consequences. My sister announced that she was "watching" the show enthusiastically in the beginning, but stopped watching it after two episodes--too scientific for her political taste.
Would like to see more of your opinions on issues like this.
Voices of the French Revolution, book review (Article) - 11/7/2014 5:58:17 AM
I know little of the French Revolution other than it came after the American Revolution and was described vividly by Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. Sounds like something that I would find interesting if I had a need for coffee table books. My bookshelf is already full to overflowing.
Great American Scandals (Article) - 9/29/2014 10:51:09 AM
The news media's so tuned into today's flash in the pan, gone tomorrow scandals that to read about historic ones must be quite refreshing. Giving my reading proclivities, I probably won't get to the book though.
Odd Man Out, book review (Article) - 9/14/2014 8:18:52 AM
enjoyed your review
Odd Man Out, book review (Article) - 9/11/2014 6:46:23 AM
Another great review. You are very well read. My interest in baseball is almost nil. I basically lost interest in team sports in high school because of all the politics involved and preferential treatment for losers. When I did play I didn't have glasses yet, so it hurt my play. On one of my very few chances to pitch, I did get a no hitter.
I don't believe I'll ever read a baseball biography, except one of the historic greats like Ruth, Gehrig, Wagner, or DiMaggio. I have enjoyed watching an occasional baseball movie like The Natural or Field of Dreams.
Portrait of a Killer, book review (Article) - 8/23/2014 10:05:51 AM
I haven't been much interested in Jack the Ripper either. It seems that Cornwell was determined to write a story even if she could figure out the real facts after so long. I have found that, particularly in academic circuits, that specialists and so-called experts have huge egos and think that their work is always far superior to anyone else's. From what I read of your review, I think her superior forensic skills were at odds with her lack of real information, causing her to write a bad book, merely because she hated another book coming to a different conclusion.
There are many, many Jack the Ripper fans out there that will love ripping apart anything that anyone comes up with after all these years. I prefer the story of Ed Gein or the Green River killer to old prostitute killer, Jack.
Capital in the 21st Century, book review (Article) - 8/22/2014 11:33:19 AM
Terrific job. Between his interview on Book TV and your review, I don't have to buy/read his book. Don't know if that is doing him a favor but I probably wouldn't have made it much farther in his book than I did in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Thanks.
Capital in the 21st Century, book review (Article) - 8/10/2014 10:47:40 AM
Capital in the 21st Century, book review (Article) - 8/9/2014 12:55:51 PM
It sounds like you're right about the 50 pages. People with theories can somehow create a book that might easily be offered in an article. From your review, I didn't read anything new to address the problem. Ed Philips has written some articles here that address the problems much better than offering three solutions without how to actually achieve them. Ed thinks that the widening gap between rich and poor may come to a revolt similar to what happened in France with the French Revolution. As stated in your article, earlier capitalists trying to monopolize the resources of the United States were broken up and a middle class was allowed to grow after riots and a depression that clearly clearing the way for antitrust and labor legislation.
Atheist/Agnostics Embrace Church Meetings (Article) - 7/31/2014 4:43:57 PM
Atheist/Agnostics Embrace Church Meetings (Article) - 7/31/2014 8:59:56 AM
I've lived in Houston for 30 years but have not heard of Mike Aus or the Houston Oasis. But I have not searched out other atheists either. Like Bill Maher, I see no need for atheist ritual or community except perhaps for some kind of protection from constant Christian proselytizing. There are many clubs and organizations one can join to gain community without creating a "church" of atheism. The 200 Year Starship organization headed by former astronaut Mae Jemison is a good example of a very stimulating community discussing all sorts of future social issues with little or no emphasis on religion.
I have a real problem after talking to so-called "humanists." The ones that I talked seem to be very selfish and self-centered. Not my cup of tea. In fact, I have found that discussions with theologians the most enlightening. Because they have studied religion intensely, theologians are easy to talk to about various myths and, I think that many moved from the ministry into theology to escape the dogma and ritualized behavior and became closet atheists without revealing it.
Anyway, thank you for an informative article on the movement by some agnostics and atheists to establish some type of community.
Atheist/Agnostics Embrace Church Meetings (Article) - 7/30/2014 12:48:57 PM
Well reported and interesting. Can't they call it something besides church? Community is necessary, of course - sadly lacking most places. Thanks for the story, David. Jan
Doc Holliday, book review (Article) - 7/14/2014 6:35:36 AM
I enjoyed reading this.
Doc Holliday, book review (Article) - 7/13/2014 5:44:07 AM
enjoyed reading your interesting review
Doc Holliday, book review (Article) - 7/12/2014 11:41:30 AM
From what I read, it's always tough to write bios of legends because of all the side stories that are created, often just bar room bull shit. That got into the papers and cheap novels of the day. I find the History Channel's attempt at bringing these characters to the truth is about as good as reading a bio. I'll stick to that.
I kind of like autobiographies or biographies that were written from the horse's mouth.
The Partly-Cloudy Patriot, book review (Article) - 7/4/2014 6:57:36 AM
I'm not sure from your review just what Sarah had to say about Al Gore, but the conservatives seem to be having a field day with about anything that he has to say or write. As for Sarah, you are right, from what you are describing, she's the kind of character that would do well on television since some of the greater pundits have either died or fallen in ill favor.
As usual, a great review.
Fashion (Poetry) - 2/25/2015 7:27:50 AM
Your observation is keener than a Swiss Army knife and your writing is filled with sardonic satire and endless wit. I had a couple of those thoughts, but to put them in a poem like you have is priceless as a limitless credit card.
I sure hope you been able to publish this in other places. You could make the talk show circuit with some of these quips.
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 2/15/2015 2:30:41 AM
The inside is what transforms all those individual idiosynchronies....what makes us stand out from the crowd...nice on the inside...nice on the outside...
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 1/31/2015 2:39:48 PM
Every person has unique features. We are not Ken and Barbie dolls. You are so right in that we would not want to be clones.
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 1/31/2015 2:33:55 PM
Right on! You can't waste time worrying about what other people think. It took me half of my life to realize that.
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 1/31/2015 12:24:13 PM
I had a peek at the window once… Nevermind! I'm too lazy to look up what it is although I've heard about it all my life. As far as a cowlick, I know what that is… That's where a cow licks you. ;-) I had to use Butch wax to keep my hair standing up for a crew cut. Now she's trying to make me bald.
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 1/31/2015 12:22:34 PM
You are YOU, don't go trying to be like the rest of the guys . . .
Widow's Peak (Poetry) - 1/31/2015 10:41:37 AM
I absolutely love the message; as well as the way you've delivered it.
Alumni Game (Poetry) - 9/19/2014 9:20:49 PM
I agree with Jane, I like this.
3 O'Clock (Poetry) - 9/19/2014 9:19:58 PM
Can relate - up and down most nights, only sleep good when away on vacation.
Never My Love (Poetry) - 9/19/2014 9:19:11 PM
Sorry, sad ending to a nice story, I've lived through 2 loves, finding again? I don't think so!
Myth (Poetry) - 2/6/2013 8:02:58 AM
Couldn't have said it better myself. Man keeps coming up with excuses for existence that don't make any sense, but generally end up with dollars in his pocket. The sooner we get rid of all this myth, the better. Makes for great history and drama––where it should stay.
Myth (Poetry) - 2/5/2013 8:00:24 PM
This is why I enjoy "Zeitgeist The Movie" so much!! "We all need somthing to believe in......" The Rolling Stones
Never My Love (Poetry) - 4/22/2012 4:39:59 PM
Ah but my dear man, things happen for many reasons. Lovely enjoyable read :)
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 4/22/2012 4:37:58 PM
I am so laughing! I was called four eyes all through school being one who grew up in the 50's to 60's era. Those lovely cat glasses. Trust me, no soul was making a pass at me! But what a marvelous poem! Left me with many smiles
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 4/20/2012 10:41:52 PM
I think I've been there!
Alumni Game (Poetry) - 3/31/2012 1:46:46 PM
I like this!
Alumni Game (Poetry) - 3/31/2012 8:17:27 AM
Now that's a lopsided score if I ever saw one.
Stradivarius (Poetry) - 9/30/2011 4:56:34 AM
So intense and absolutely beautiful!
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 9/24/2011 7:21:00 PM
Oh my goodness! Well as a mom to 3 sons I reluctantly admit what you say may have some valid points. I do tell my middle son that quality is more important than quantity, to no avail! I wish it were different! Great insight!
Stradivarius (Poetry) - 9/22/2011 11:36:45 PM
Good work, David.
Snow-a-holic (Poetry) - 9/4/2011 6:25:27 AM
interesting prose ... well written ...
Snow-a-holic (Poetry) - 8/31/2011 6:40:05 AM
Hate to think about snow with 70 plus temps right now, but a good snowball fight is hard to pass up, such a stress reliever...e
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 7/26/2011 9:05:57 PM
You are right about one thing; men will make passes--'tis the nature of the beast even when one gets as old as I.
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 10:12:55 AM
This is so amusing ... and true, David. Those were the good ol' days, ah yes, an interesting write and such fun to read.
Girls Who Wear Glasses (Poetry) - 5/31/2011 8:15:44 AM
WELL WRITTEN AND I WOULD THINK THAT A GUY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE 'HORNY' TO MAKE A WISE CHOICE...JUST UN-NARROW MINDED...AND FULL OF GOD'S VOICE. GOOD RHYME AND RHYTHM. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 5/13/2011 8:35:24 AM
That Cash/Dylan duet was one of the worst things I've ever heard. But I guess they sound better while imbibing.
Ode to Neve Campbell (Poetry) - 12/24/2010 10:03:39 AM
I hope your healthiest fantasies become cherished reality.
Ode to Neve Campbell (Poetry) - 12/17/2010 1:44:47 PM
Grin, good poem, David. I like the last verse.
Never My Love (Poetry) - 12/17/2010 1:41:03 PM
Good poem, David.
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/6/2010 12:27:56 PM
Sounds like a nice gathering of friends,
No matter how it ends
Never My Love (Poetry) - 9/24/2010 10:31:51 AM
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/17/2009 2:57:15 AM
Great poem,take care
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/16/2009 11:48:02 PM
Geez, do have another drink...
Be always safe,
The Do Drop Inn (Poetry) - 12/16/2009 12:19:30 PM
...'nother round bartender!
and lets play the juke box!
Johnny Cash...Ring of Fire :)
& some Bob Dylan...
I enjoyed my bar stool seat at
"The Do Drop Inn"...
Peace & Inspirations David
3 O'Clock (Poetry) - 2/25/2009 2:01:26 AM
David, it is 4:os, i got up at 2:30. I think the rooster woke me up.
but that is ok. i just worked on a poem. why can't you just turn the
clock around, and go back to sleep? i'll bet you spilled the hot milk, when you saw marley's ghost. enjoyed the poem. randy