Author Archives: johndcasey

About johndcasey

Author of Spartina and Compass Rose


This first appeared in HuffingtonPost. When I was 23 and about to go to law school, I thought I’d spend the summer writing a novel. (A bit more than a half-century later, I laugh.) To keep the days free for … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Diary 2002-2010: Travel and Daughters

May 3, 2002 Two post-it notes left beside a dead blue jay Julia found on the sidewalk and put in a shoebox on my workshed porch: “Fred, a blue jay, found recently dead, was a good bird. He was a … Continue reading

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second year (2002) of John Casey Reading Journals

Demon of the Waters: The story of the mutiny on the whaleship ‘Globe’ by Gregory Gibson (sent by Deborah Baker for a blurb) Blurb: The mutiny on the Globe is every bit as exciting as the mutiny on the Bounty, … Continue reading

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first year (2001) of the reading journals of John Casey–following years TK

The Loser by Thomas Bernhard                                                                                           My friend Savi’s pick for a funny novel. I thought it a strange tour de force—congruent with Schoenberg variations (as I remember being told about them). One of those novels that wraps around and around … Continue reading

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Former Rowing Coach Responds

John Casey Here I am, browsing at a bookstore in Wellesley, MA with a friend and naturally, I gravitate to the Sports Section.  You can only imagine my thrill and delight when I discover that the John Casey of this … Continue reading

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A Nice Review on Amazon for Room for Improvement

From Kevin Quinley from Fairfax, VA: True confessions: my Gmail address is Compared to John Casey, author of ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, though, I readily concede my poseur status. Now well into his 70’s, Casey is The Real Deal when … Continue reading

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New York Times Review: Room for Improvement

New York Times Sunday Book Review

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