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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: the role Jack Nicholson was born to play

Jack Nicholson is one of the finest actors of the last fifty years. His unforgettable contributions to cinema include Jack Torrance (The Shining), J.J. 433 more words

Rick DeMarinis

Well I’ve finally wrapped up the final installment of Dos Passos’ USA, turned the last page of Maus, and moved on to other things, which is good because I just went book shopping at Goodwill. 281 more words


Writing Fiction: Quotes

A few of the quotes that I have had, at various times, on my writing board.

  • I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit.
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And in the beginning there was the bus....

Before the app, before the smartphone, before the network, there was the bus. And the bus headed south from San Francisco toward a new world.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


RATING: 4.5/5

BLURB: “Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon state mental hospital with a strict, unbending routine. Her patients, cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy, dare not oppose her. 224 more words

Writing Game: Placebos

A paediatrician friend told me that his favourite cartoon was of a man at a surgery saying, ‘I’ll take the placebo if it makes you feel better, doctor.’  Or there’s my favourite, The Simpsons, when the people of Springfield rush to the hospital for a miracle drug and are told it is just a placebo.  430 more words


5 authors to get you back into reading

At various times, most of us have fallen victim to the viscous curse of ‘Reader’s block’. The inbred warlock of a cousin to the iniquitous ‘Writer’s block’ (which is of course cured by simply writing through the experience. 1,132 more words