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A Fictional History with All the Trappings: *The Accursed* by Joyce Carol Oates

I’ve never thought of myself as an especially big historical fiction fan. I don’t know if I’m reading more of it these days, or if I have just become more conscious that what I’m reading may qualify for membership in that nebulous genre, but the last year or so has found me reading a number of texts that blur the line between fiction and history. 672 more words


My sister, my love

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Leggere Donna, 149/2010, Tufani Pubshing

The invisible people of literary realism live again through Joyce Carol Oates’ characters. Perhaps their raggedy clothes are now sequin dresses and cashmere pullovers, but under their cosmetic and smooth skin they are still children, teens, outcasts, and losers in a world of successful people. 579 more words

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Review ~ Carthage, by Joyce Carol Oates

Have you a read a book where the words, the soul of it, the understanding, just completely resonated with you, and yet continually challenged your thinking?   494 more words


Short Stories: The Best (And Least) of THE BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING 2011.

Every year The Best American Series publishes a group of books anthologizing short fiction in every form of genre. While delving into the year’s best short fiction or short mysteries is always a treat, … 586 more words

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Five Ways to Escape a Writing Funk and Become a Daily Writer

Perhaps you would like to write, for pleasure and art, every day. Perhaps you used to, but have fallen out of the habit. In my popular piece on… 1,298 more words

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Currently reading...Joyce Carol Oates, Wonderland

Sometimes while struggling to work the right book falls into your lap at the right time. A beautiful first edition of Joyce Carol Oates’ Wonderland at The Oracle Club Library, Long Island City.


Joyce Carol Oates, The Accursed

In 1905-6 in Princeton, New Jersey, a series of strange events and people threaten to change the course of history. As Woodrow Wilson struggles to remain in control as president of Princeton University, a curse descends upon a prominent Princeton family, the Slades. 634 more words

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