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Becoming Myself

“I never change, I simply become more myself. I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”

– Joyce Carol Oates


Short Story Month recommendations: THIS IS PARADISE

The daughter of a Hawaiian father and Norwegian-American mother, Kristiana Kahakauwila was raised in Southern California but often visited family in Hawaii. This upbringing gave her the ideal perspective from which to view and dissect modern Hawaiian life and culture. 62 more words

Book Reviews

‘When writing goes painfully, when it’s hideously difficult, and one feels real despair (ah, the despair, silly as it is, is real!)–then naturally one ought to continue with the work; it would be cowardly to retreat.

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Loneliness is like starvation:  you don’t realize how hungry you are until you begin to eat (Joyce Carol Oates).


You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates’s epic novel of an American family in the 1950’s probes the tender division between the permissible and the forbidden, between ordinary life and the secret places of the heart. 368 more words

Book Review

A short review for a short book

Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates is a book so clearly full of influences, and yet as it is based on plagiarism, it’s gone all the way back round to being original. 308 more words


on speaking authentic y'all, and an invitation to joyce carol oates

When I relocated to Jackson some 16 months ago, I was excited to learn about the Deep South. I still am. There’s just so darn much to take in here. 280 more words