Between the Numinous and Me

Between the Numinous and Me

Every author gets asked—cornered, perhaps—to say succinctly: What’s your book about? Two ex-cons murder a family of four in Kansas and, after the crime and…

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Everything’s Dead But the Tree: Notes on Beckett and Alzheimer’s

Notes on Beckett and Alzheimer’s

“That’s how it is on this bitch of an earth.” — Pozzo in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett I read Waiting for Godot this…

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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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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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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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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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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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Ethics & Environmental Stewardship in The Road

An Analysis of Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road can best be described as an exploration of human complexity in the wake of life-threatening conflict. It follows the story of…

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BLOODLINE

BLOODLINE

I picked Washington Square1 from a low shelf in my parents’ living room, having courted the idea for a while, as the book looked pretty. I…

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A Magical Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

A Magical Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

  Harry Potter and The Cursed Child hit the bookstores on 31st July, 2016 and it has been causing an insane amount of excitement  across…

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Mahasweta Devi: Writing as Protest

Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016)

Embed from Getty Images   When I first read Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi, it created a minor explosion in my ‘reading’ life. The theme and starkness…

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