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Short Story Review: "The Lake" by Ray Bradbury

The Lake” is a work of beauty—a short story of the highest order. It elevates the reader, transporting him to a golden place. It’s about your first love—your first death. 808 more words

This is What a Librarian Looks Like | Book Review

“‘What do we need libraries for? We’ve got the Internet now!’ FACEPALM” – Cory Doctorow

“Wherever you are in America, there is a librarian fighting to get…

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Who Would YOU Choose?

Much talk right now on the Internet and the airwaves about next week’s NFL (National Football League) draft. Which will happen roughly the same time we’ll announce the #1 seeds for the upcoming… 71 more words


Why So Serious? The Value of Reading For Fun

Literature has been my job for years but you learn something every day. Yesterday I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and stumbled upon a… 703 more words


Judges 19 and Arnold Friend's Enigmatic Code

On Tuesday, I wrote about the ways that The Blood Brothers’ “The Salesman, Denver Max” musically fits the tone—the ebbs and flows—of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” I didn’t expect to add another blog post on this story, but after teaching it, I recalled how much the story warrants multiple examinations. 1,111 more words

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"I felt a cleaving in my mind"- A poem by Emily Dickinson

Context: In this poem Emily Dickinson (1830-1866) once again expresses her bodily experiences into text. To be a product of her own time with Calvinism and Romanticism as mainstream ideas; this lady can be very down to earth and that’s what makes her special. 76 more words