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An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce- a short story


A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man’s hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. 3,773 more words

19th Century Literature

Meet Kate Mayfield

Interview by Nicole Melanson ~

Kate Mayfield is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter, published by Gallery Books in the USA and Simon & Schuster in the UK. 1,305 more words

Interviews With Writers

Drama Review – Fences by August Wilson

Without question, Troy Maxson deserves to be ranked among the most complex protagonists in literature. He’s a blue collar Willy Loman, a bit less crass than Stanley Kowalski, and a family man in the vein of Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad from Naguib Mahfouz’s… 807 more words

Book Reviews

Quote of the day: Inés Hernández-Ávila

“To be revolutionary is to be original, to know where we came from, to validate what is ours and help it flourish, the best of what is ours, of our beginnings, our principles, and to leave behind what no longer serves us”


'Adams' by George Saunders

Adams by George Saunders, 2004

The magic trick:

Successfully creating an allegory that works completely on all levels

A few months back, I complained about Stephen Crane’s “A Dark Brown Dog” as a seriously flawed allegory. 346 more words


THE HOME-MAKER by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

This is a family story in which no one is happy. Why?  Because all of them are doing what they don’t want to do. An accident or maybe a blessing changes their lives. 614 more words

Books Review


“I miss dreaming forwards,” Anna said.


“I dream backwards now. You won’t believe how backwards you’ll dream someday.”

 Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories