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"Nilda" by Junot Díaz

Yesterday I read “Nilda“, the second story in Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. While I found Yunior to be at least somewhat relatable in “ 125 more words

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Margaret Craven’s Novel ‘I Heard the Owl Call My Name’ – O, Canada!

A dying priest makes peace with his fate while serving as a missionary to Indians in British Columbia

I Heard the Owl Call My Name. By Margaret Craven. 946 more words


"The Night in Question" by Tobias Wolff

Today I listened to Akhil Sharma reading Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question”. I will start with a quotation from Sharma’s conversation (on the podcast) with fiction editor Deborah Triesman: 416 more words

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Cannery Row–Mack & the Boys

As a group of down-and-out, enterprising but always scheming men who live together in their run-down fish meal shack they call the Palace Flophouse and Grill, Mack and the Boys are, in many aspects, a single character.  371 more words

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Book: Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy

Jack  Ryan is back, this time recruited by the President to be his Chief Security Advisor. His wife Cathy has a patient who, it turns out, was raped by a Senator who is now the Vice President. 512 more words

I think that I’m drawn often to shorter works, works that feel focused, and earnest in trying to communicate something. I feel pretty content where others might not, simply glimpsing just a fragment of somebody’s life. 125 more words
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