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What Do We Want from Writing? Money? A Career? Recognition?

To be sure: there is a time to kill, to weep, to cast away stones. But there is also a time to question doing any of these things, or to question doing anything at all. 1,277 more words


Why Read?

This is a response to these two articles, both of which discuss, like last week’s post, the benefit and/or purpose of reading.

First of all, I much prefer Parks’s article because it automatically assumes that we read for a purpose, whatever that purpose may be. 197 more words

Senior Seminar

The Death of Irony, the Demise of Satire III: On Context and Shared Values

In previous installments of this post, I made the claim that Irony and Satire don’t translate well on Social Media for a number of reasons. To recap: 1,970 more words


Book Bits: LA Times Book Prizes, 'The Sympathizer,' Monica Burne, 'Black Dove White Raven'

Sometimes I think the editors are on vacation when bestselling novels roar through the publishing house. I won’t tell you the title and author, but suffice it to say, when I’m reading what’s advertised as a fast-paced, spy-vs.-spy thriller, I don’t want the action to lurch to a stop while the author uses an entire chapter to describe the upbringing of one of the characters. 952 more words

Book Bits

the unforgettable pappagallo

It’s been a while but I am back!
I just finished reading an amazing book which so happened to be written by an (English) author who has lived in Italy for a long time, decades, perhaps 30 years. 277 more words

Favourite Books

183 in 2015: Ball Park Preview Game 2, Great American Ball Park Home Opener

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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  428 more words

Cincinnati Reds

Saturday 7th March

There’s a mound on the front of my chin that I can’t pop. The green phlegm continues to shoot forth from my mouth. I’m all kinds of attractive. 1,040 more words