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poems out of other poems

December 11 marks the death of John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941). Born to an American father and a British mother, Magee opted to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 to serve with the Allied Forces during WWII (the United States had not yet entered the war). 805 more words


more than one meaning

“Children seem endlessly fascinated by the fact that a word can have more than one meaning … they ought to keep this fascination all their lives: if they lose it when they grow up they’re not maturing, just degenerating.”

— Northrop Frye


Romancing Genre

This piece by Joshua Rothman on the genre wars is a welcome attempt to bring some context and clarity to the discussion. Since the rise of magical realism in the ’60s, we have been coming to understand that there is nothing “natural” about the particular tradition of novel writing whose high period spans the century from George Eliot and Tolstoy to Saul Bellow and James Baldwin—the social-psychological realist novel of high moral seriousness. 1,645 more words