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September 1 - October 31: A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott

Growing up, I adored Laura Ingalls Wilder so my mom told me I should read Little Women thinking I would like it, too. Well, I didn’t. 933 more words

Book Club

'The Diamond As Big As The Ritz' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922

The magic trick:

Using a degree of imagination and fantasy atypical of Fitzgerald fiction… 551 more words


Finding Wisdom -- Ralph Ellison

“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie extoplasms.

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The Bell Jar

What becomes our problem, is what see as a problem. But, what is exactly our problem? As I read The Bell Jar, it seemed to me that Esther Greenwood sees everything in her life as a problem. 861 more words


A review of TS Eliot A Short Biography by John Worthen.

This was an impulse borrowing from my local library. It’s not bad and the fact that it’s reasonably short adds to the appeal for anyone looking to learn a little more about Eliot’s life but who doesn’t want to get too in-depth (and as a lot of Eliot’s life was quite  a troubled affair that can be no bad thing). 596 more words

Twentieth Century Literature

Spiritual Terror & the Corn Maiden

The Corn Maiden (2011) by Joyce Carol Oates is a novella of psychological realism and spiritual terror, laden with masterly characterization of souls both “normal” and aberrant. 214 more words

Book Reviews

'Men' by Kay Boyle

Men by Kay Boyle, 1941

The magic trick:

The use of the house as representing the soldiers dreams of home

We have a very simple magic trick today. 247 more words

Short Stories