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brad-green's picture
Oct.09.2008
The tape contained her hot breath. An inch of light under the door, stuttering as someone moved past. A single bulb hung from a cord above, swaying, the motion of the light in shadow making her sick. She closed her eyes, not wanting to vomit with the tape on her mouth. Hands tied behind her back. A...
steve-hauk's picture
Oct.08.2008
The presidential election has it covered as usual: two to the right, two to the left. The VP candidates are rightihanders, the presidential candidates are lefties (no need to name names, but one's a Red Roomer). Is history being made? Not really. In `92 we had three prominent lefties running for...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.08.2008
Are some writers naïve or just being 'proper'? When her new book was out, Jhumpa Lahiri said: “I do not write to please reviewers. Writing to me is fundamentally a private act and a form of meditation in words. I think about the characters that I make up and their lives. Nobody is listening, but me...
john-elder-robison's picture
Oct.08.2008
I have written and spoken about the tremendous potential for changing one’s life in a positive way through brain plasticity. All of us have and use brain plasticity to some degree. It’s a natural part of life. We rewire our brains every time we learn a new skill, make a new friend, take a new job,...
deborah-grabien's picture
Oct.07.2008
In order of title precedence: 1. LitCrawl! So, who's doing Litquake this year? I'll be helping close the place this Saturday, as one of the music writers on the Writers Take The Mic panel moderated by Jack Boulware. It happens at Amnesia, on Valencia Street, at half past eight Saturday night. I'm...
sandi-ault's picture
Oct.07.2008
One night last week, a young, four-point buck stumbled onto a narrow stretch of mountain back road a few feet in front of my car. The deer teetered on long, slender legs that failed to move him forward according to his bidding, and he collapsed onto the dirt and gravel, one of his antlers broken,...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
Oct.07.2008
I was listening to a segment of To the Best of Our Knowledge called "Facing the Rest of Your Life,"about when getting older hits you and how you react to it. Specifically, a portion of the program was about guitarist Glenn Kurtz who was a bit of a prodigy as a child and destined for a...
pamela-tsigdinos's picture
Oct.07.2008
Now I'm usually not one to get worked up about being disrespected and all that, but damn there are moments. I've made a living in two predominantly testosterone-driven industries: the auto industry and the tech industry. I know what it feels like to be in the minority -- both as an English major...
barbara-mountjoy's picture
Oct.06.2008
I’m a lucky writer. I participate in two writing groups that are very supportive, both at meeting time and after. One is based in a Unitarian church, and the small group is well-meaning and cheerful, though the members aren’t regularly published; it’s mostly people who like to write for themselves...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.05.2008
“You are now a product,” I am told blandly. It is frightening. The fear was not unfounded when an interviewer asked me: “You write blogs too, does it give a sense of freedom to be easily politically incorrect?” My reply: I have always exercised my ability to be politically incorrect, whichever...