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steven-robert-travers's picture
Jul.12.2013
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.   - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 4,1777   There were, of course, great writers and novelists before England’s Charles Dickens and America’s Mark Twain. Homer’s The Iliad and...
emilie-richards's picture
Oct.31.2012
Recently Copyblogger featured an article guaranteed to catch my eye: 8 Strange Rituals of Very Productive Writers.  Seventy novels later I guess I think of myself as productive and possibly quite strange. So, of course, I had to find out what odd and amazing things my fellow...
brian-jameson's picture
Nov.21.2011
Written in 1885, well after the 13th Amendment, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn shows the foolishness of well-educated, well-meaning people.  Twain’s intentional focus and satire through the character of Tom Sawyer, shows how clearly admirable ambitions will turn to laughable idiocy when...
stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Jan.07.2009
January is a dark month, dark even here in the almost south of Oklahoma. It's not just the lack of sunlight that eats away at my soul this month, it's the downer that follows the holidays. I did a lot of celebrating this Christmas season, and coming down off of that is like coming down off of a...
chris-rodell's picture
Oct.14.2008
I had to explain what a hangover was to Josie on Saturday and I felt marginally proud that I’ve been able to conceal them from her for eight years. During those eight years I’ve had hundreds of punishing bouts with that self-inflicted misery. I used to think that one day the hangover would be...