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orna-b-raz's picture
May.10.2013
Since Sunday is Mother's Day in the US; in Israel, alas, this day has already turned into "Family Day," I decided to use the opportunity to bring up a minor yet important point about motherhood and fiction. Rereading Jane and Prudence  (1953) Barbara Pym’s third novel, I was...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.13.2012
For me, a plagiarist is not only someone taking your words, but a worm eating into you. The extent of such I-way robbery differs. In every field, there are dangers. But when it is something that you have created, it really amounts to intellectual, as well as emotional, colonisation. Whenever...
bob-mustin's picture
Jul.10.2012
image via aucegypt.edu   Some years ago I was a writer in residence at a college in eastern North Carolina - there were a group of us, it turned out - with one outlier. I don't mean someone who was a terrible writer, nor a ringer. Instead, she was a non-fiction writer among liars (fiction...
joan-annsfire's picture
Jun.04.2011
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the man who brought the issue of assisted suicide to the forefront of the American cultural dialogue, is dead at 83. Although there may be some questions around certain specific patients, the right to die, when there are no viable medical options left, should be cherished and...
farzana-versey's picture
Apr.19.2011
If you are parting ways legally, then you can take your mutual consent plans and dump it. Just before the decree, one of you could change your mind and reclaim the relationship. It is ridiculous. The Indian Supreme Court has decided it knows semantics and has made it clear: “The most...
farzana-versey's picture
Feb.22.2011
We are dead. Or dying. Or we are soon-to-be fossilised. Or we are really old. If blogging is still important to us, then we are on our way out. The New York Times and all the doomsday prophets at Pew Research Center can get all a-twitter about people leaving their online journal nests, but I...
david-beemer's picture
Jan.04.2011
Sinee (I can't pronounce her real name) grew up in the North of Thailand, where everyone has enough to eat, but school didn't go past elementary. She wanted better for her kids and moved to Bangkok, where they have better schools. She taught herself Chinese, because it is as useful as English there...
lise-quintana's picture
Dec.30.2009
As a Buddhist living in a Western country, I feel caught between two very different definitions of "happiness." Both traditions insist that happiness is something worth striving for, a lifelong goal, but the similarity ends there. Westerners are pummeled with images of the good time they...
kellyann-f-zuzulo's picture
Feb.19.2009
Miserable people don’t want to be that way.  Generally, there’s something going on that’s making them miserable.  That’s something my Mom used to say.  Then she’d prove it, time and again.  A churlish cashier didn’t have a chance.   “You probably don’t mean to be, but you’re not being very nice,”...
tehry-smith's picture
Sep.29.2008
The lively and wonderful discussion regarding white privilege (http://www.redroom.com/author/tim-wise) has often been a topic of interest in my life... I am particularly interested in the debate, if you will, as it pertains to the lives of children and the plans and dreams that we as parents set...