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6 Surprising Celebrity Audiobook Narrators

I first discovered audiobooks while taking graduate courses by distance in Japan. I received these world-class lecture packages in the mail, pulled the cassette out of its cellophane wrapper (yes, a tape!), and then popped it into my car’s tape player. 1,808 more words


Day 227: Reading My Way Out

Mostly concerning Books

I left school a terrible dunce. I got good grades in English and English Literature though. Partly down to a good teacher or two and partly down to the fact that I’d discovered the pleasures of reading at an early age. 1,200 more words

Pam Houston's Ukulele

For a few years, I’ve been writing stories about some of my favorite writers and their metaphysical ukuleles.  They’re all fiction, but based on true stories.  288 more words

Short Stories

Wine Wednesday: The Beat Hotel, Harvard Square

The other day  Off-Beat Charm and I ventured to one of Harvard Square’s most recent additions — the Beat Hotel.  My senior year of college I took a seminar class based on the Beat Movement, and feel in love with the vast cast of characters.

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Plain and Simple

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” 
― Jack Kerouac

I love this quote. I don’t think it will ever pertain to my everyday life (due to the fact that I am somehow always able to find more words), but after letting it marinate for a bit, I honestly think it’s relevant to some of the more important aspects of life. 1,796 more words

The Haunted Life and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac (2014)

The Haunted Life and Other Writings
by Jack Kerouac
Da Capo Press, 2014
208 pages

The long-lost story written by the late Beat Generation legend Jack Kerouac finally sees the light of day thanks to the vision of editor Todd F. 300 more words


The Feast Day of Saint Bernadette

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Bernadeta Sobiróus was only thirty-five years old when she passed away. A miller’s daughter from Lourdes, France, Bernadette was fourteen years old when she first saw a “small young lady” appear to her while she was out fetching firewood in Massabielle. 101 more words

Beat Generation