Tagged: literature

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Sunday Morning! “Stoner” by John Williams

The “rediscovered classic” of academic life does what great art is supposed to do: immerse us in the inner life of an individual without romanticizing him, It is ennobling.

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Fried Green Tomatoes and The Husband Problem

Since Valentine’s Day is looming on the horizon yet again, I decided to reread several of my fave romance novels just like I did last year. But this time, I’m reading literary books rather...

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Sunday Morning! “Ducks, Newburyport”

Our minds are messy places. This novel takes you into the very nervous mind of an Ohio mother, housewife, and pie baker over the course of a thousand pages and mostly through one very long sentence.

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Sunday Morning! Beginning John Cheever

On a recommendation from a local poet, I have started reading the short stories of an American master of the form, and was greatly rewarded for the effort.

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Sunday Morning! Balzac’s Wild Ass’s Skin

The Balzac streak continues with a supernatural tale built on the fantastical conceit that our energies can be used to fulfill our desires or squandered and lost.

Ashes in the Wind

Can two people set aside their differences and under the influences of hormones and hearts, live happily ever after?  

Dystopia Week

Welcome to Dystopia Week. Let’s begin by taking a moment to understand why we write this way in the first place.

In Defense of Poetry

Old poetry is laden with the baggage of centuries of hidden metaphor and archaic references. New poetry is prone to abstraction and whimsical laziness. But poetry deserves our consideration as an art form nonetheless. After all, all the music we love is poetry, and all the fun little things we can do with language are best done in poetic form.