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Magnetism: F. Scott Fitzgerald

“People over forty can seldom be convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.” 462 more words


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Review

A couple of years ago I read The Secret History and loved it tremendously. Maybe it was because it was about a couple of Classics students and I was one of them at one point in my life. 647 more words

Book Reviews

ALL WE NEED OF HELL by Harry Crews

Duffy Deeter is a lawyer who is getting a divorce. His chunky son embarrasses him. His wife is banging his law partner. He spends the night in his Winnebago listening to inspiring speeches by Adolph Hitler. 422 more words

Delving Into the Darling Dahlias

Today I’ve invited Susan Wittig Albert, author of The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover, the seventh book in the Darling Dahlias series, to Ascroft, eh? 1,189 more words

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

              This story begins in suburban Los Angeles in the 1960s with Bert Cousins arriving at the Christening party of baby Franny Keating. Bert is a lawyer associated with the attorney general’s office. 789 more words

Literary Fiction

Happy Black History Month!: Reading Recommendations

Today is the last day of Black History Month! In Honor of this, here’s some reading recommendations, from comics to novels to poetry.

Normal post will return in March!

Take Care/ Maaretta


I Still Have the Flu, and You Are, Too: THE EARLY WORK OF PHILIP K. DICK VOLUME 1

This is recommended for those interested in studying Philip K. Dick’s evolution as a writer. The title is self-explanatory with the notable, significant exception of “Roog.” It was his first sale or first story to see print, I can’t remember which because I’m loaded up with cough syrup and am old. 579 more words