The Magic & Mystery in Magical Realism

The Magic & Mystery in Magical Realism

The term magic implies sleight of hand, an ability to make things appear and disappear at will. In a magic show, magicians exercise their ability…

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Carmen, an Essay

Carmen, an Essay

In Carmen even the swishes of the trousers seem orchestrated.  No part of the performance is relegated indecorous or immodest.  Even the most subterranean components…

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How to be a Parasite

How to be a Parasite

Study English and Migrate/Migrate and Study English A parasite is by its very nature a wanderer, an alien, a migrant – a creature who does…

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Chitarroni and Chatwin in Patagonia

Chitarroni and Chatwin in Patagonia

Author: Luis Chitarroni Title: From Siluetas/Silhouettes  (La Bestia Equilátera, 2012) Language:  Spanish (Argentina)  Excerpt Length: Approx. 1,300 Words Translator: Allison A. deFreeseRights Holder: Luis Chitarroni,…

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Facing Zhang Fei: Hero or Villain or Man

Facing Zhang Fei: Hero or Villain or Man

I’m the only foreigner on a bus from Chengdu to Langzhong Ancient Town, over three hours away north-east. A middle-aged lady, Wu Yahua, is next…

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The Consolation of Joy Williams

The Consolation of Joy Williams

Can we incorporate and treasure and be nourished by that which we do not understand? Of course. — Joy Williams It was a fresh day…

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Holden, Charlie, and the Fight for the Coming of Age

Holden, Charlie, and the Fight for the Coming of Age

Ally H. Campanozzi delves deep into the psyche of adolescence and sexual trauma from the eyes of Holden and Charlie.

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A Light to Read By: A Tribute to William Maxwell

A Tribute to William Maxwell

Gretchen Comba writes a tribute to William Maxwell and discusses how his pivotal moments take place in insignificant moments that occur after the tragedy.

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Sympoetics

Sympoetics

I bought this pen (the one I am writing with now) from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. It is a small pen,…

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Literary Shorthand: What Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” Can Teach Readers About a Useful Writing Technique

Literary Shorthand: a Useful Writing Technique

Vincent Larson offers this fun, exploratory literary criticism on Hemingway’s work, intended to help writers discover a type of literary notation that they might use in their own work.

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Re-Thinking Thoreau: Between the Lines of His Life and Work

Re-Thinking Thoreau

“Re-Thinking Thoreau” is John Roman’s attempt to correct the legacy of Thoreau and explores how Henry was able to surmount his “issues’ during a time when medical attention and prescription drugs were not available.

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The Nocilla Trilogy: The End of Literature?

The End of Literature?

Someone sometime said their paintings represent the end of painting; I think it was Ad Reinhardt. Years before, Piet Mondrian sought to be the world’s…

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Bird Feeder Simulation

Bird Feeder Simulation

At our house in the woods, we often put out a bird feeder in winter once the bears hibernate. This year we were late about…

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Fantastic Men and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Men and Where to Find Them

Lucy Mills writes about the representation of masculinity in Hollywood films and how it affects the representation of other genders.

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So Much New York!

So Much New York!

Marie-Laure and I frequently met in the Manhattan School of Music hallways as we staggered out of practice rooms at closing time.  We were both…

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How I Used Cooking to Rebel Against My Mother

How I Used Cooking to Rebel Against My Mother

There’s nothing as dark as a Swedish winter day long after the leaves have fallen but before snow brightens the ground.  With the sun eclipsed…

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The Home Front

The Home Front

In October 1941, my father found himself in Reykjavik, tried to get back to Charleston. Orders arrived: he was to sail on the USS Salinas,…

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We are Milkweed for Monarchs

Milkweed for Monarchs

In January 2019, the annual monarch butterfly count in California showed an 86% population decline from the previous year. Bradley Waters researches and reports on what could be done.

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Writing Terror Without Terrorizing the Reader

Writing Terror

In writing, the emotions terror and dread are easy to evoke, yet difficult to evoke well. One of the common follies present in beginning writing…

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Preservation Hall: At the Feet of My Voice

Preservation Hall

A long weekend in New Orleans immersed me in a world populated by exceptional music at every turn, except, perhaps in the hotel restaurant. Jazz,…

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