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85. (William Faulkner)

Two American authors in the 1920s set out on a common task, without knowing it. William Faulkner and Willa Cather both aspired to write an American Historical Novel. 909 more words

Brief Essays

My Life as a Terrorist

My Life as a Terrorist

by William T. Vollman, Harper’s, 2013

I hadn’t known Vollman before reading this, but apparently, everyone else did.  He’s a genius and self-proclaimed weirdo, and I considered this article a brave game of chicken Vollman played with the US Government.  69 more words

Of Demons & Stories ...

“Stories die of their own accord,” the Demon said.

“They are like us; they want to live, no matter how badly they are treated.”

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Every Morning A Wonder

Every morning a wonder.

How many are we allowed to carry?

How far from Edison’s light must we travel?

I see rags of quick moving clouds pushed by the sun through a blue sky. 161 more words


A Summer Bookshelf

Whether you’re lounging in Central Park, hanging beside the river, or sitting next to a fjord, there’s always need for a good book. Here’s what your local Urchins are reading and soon to be picking up! 879 more words


Frontiers and Borders

– Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” 1893.

an approximation of the American frontier in 1775 as characterized by historian Frederick Jackson Turner; this schematic has fundamentally shaped the popular mythology of the United States- from creeds and federal policy (westward expansion and manifest destiny) to popular culture and landscape design (Toby Keith anthems and Olmsted's design for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair); and rightfully so- the frontier is different in the Americas, and it is fundamental to understanding the American people, American institutions, and American landscape… 1,406 more words


The Urchin Back-to-School Reading List

All right, kids! No more AM Bloody Mary pick-me-ups! No more afternoon tanning sessions on the beach! It’s back to school. Time to forget your locker combo and discover you’re buck-naked in the cafeteria. 750 more words