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Megan McArdle

Here are two pieces of McArdle’s work. She is one of my favorite bloggers for many reasons, one of which is that she thinks very clearly about each issue that she writes about and presents the reader with prose that is engaging and sometimes a little witty. Sometimes I don’t exactly agree with some of […]

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Denis Johnson

My first creative writing workshop class was First Person Fiction. I remember truly loving it, and it was in that class that I first read Denis Johnson. His book of short stories, Jesus’ Son, was the first collection in which I studied the technique of the writing instead of the work’s literary agenda. I still read […]

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Lucie Brock-Broido gave a really great interview with the Poetry Foundation regarding this particular poem (poem below), as well as on her structural style at a larger scale.  I wanted to include or post this poem, mostly because I think it’s a really great exploration of how a seemingly non-related topic can becoming the platform […]

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Ambrose: “Comrades”

The article titled “Combat Friends: The Man of Easy Company” was moving, but not as much because of the writing as because of the subject matter itself. However, even though it wasn’t a favorite of mine, I do think that there are still things that can be learned from the article.  The first is how […]

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Ambrose, Patterson

I don’t know how representative of the rest of Ambrose’s work these two chapters are but I found them incredibly cheesy and not very well written. The part in the first chapter, “and what the men thought was what counted. / That, and their friendship.” Reminded me of a bad joke from a preteen movie. […]

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To See the Queen

I am not exactly a poetry connoisseur, but I have to say that Allison Seay’s work is really amazing to me. As a philosophy guru, I can really appreciate the metaphysical feel of her poems. She has an ability to pack different meanings, into one line or words in her poems, that convey a debate […]

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Here is a  longer link to an excerpt from Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

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In my last response I tried to explain why I was so frustrated with the characters, but I don’t feel that I got across what I wanted to, partly because I was still figuring it out. For me, this novel did have its good and bad points, I can’t say that I enjoyed the whole […]

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I have mixed feelings about the ending of this book. The first aspect that I noticed is that Kingsolver took her merry time wrapping up the story. I will have to admit that I thought this was kind of a slow read for me. I have read books that I enjoy more for sure, so […]

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Dellarobia and her Butterflies

This is no doubt that there are a lot of issues that are being represented in this book. Kingsolver does a great job of packing lots of modern day societal issues into one story. Global Warming, Religion, Education, Social class superiority, I can really appreciate her ability to blend an issue such as education into […]

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