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Feb.15.2012
"Reading Harrison Solow’s book, Felicity & Barbara Pym has brought me to a personally disturbing realization: I have become a lazy reader. I loved being an English major. I loved the hours of reading, the piecing together of analytical puzzles, the solving of previously unseen riddles......
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Feb.07.2012
Writing for the Movies, Art, the Liminal, Science Fiction, and more - ~ from An Interview with Harrison Solow by Madison Woods. MW: Since you’ve been part of the television and movie industry for some time, have you any insight to offer us on how we as writers might influence the possibility of...
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Feb.05.2012
Wales was never part of my past. Nor was it even on the edge of my awareness until several decades of my life had passed. I did not learn the lessons of life ar lin Mam yn yr Hen Wlad[1] but in the urban Californian American home of European-descendent-parents in a wildly multi-cultural extended...
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Jan.22.2012
Written by Harrison Solow in 1993, for Skybox and Paramount Pictures, Inc. (within the Matter of science fiction): "The theory that space could be warped was first proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905, and first demonstrated by Zephraim Cochrane in 2061, proving that objects could travel faster than...
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Jan.09.2012
A STAR TREK SPEECH For many years during the 1990s, I was involved in various capacities, often as a writer, with Star Trek, Star Trek the Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine. I also wrote PSAs, instructional material and promotional material for NASA and other organisations involved in...
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Dec.20.2011
I was wondering if the "Typewriter sounds for Mac" I downloaded last week would get annoying; that even though I remember typing happily on a typewriter in secondary school, perhaps these sounds would be not pleasantly nostalgic but instead really irritating. I am both pleased and suprised to find...
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Dec.17.2011
My butcher's shop in Wales
I liked my Advent Calendar last year. Childish but oddly exciting. Reminiscent of very full and Adventy Advents. Waiting. Austerity. Preparation. I'm still dismayed by hot cross buns for sale all through Lent. All that candy before Easter. I am of the repressive and autocratic opinion that none of...
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Dec.11.2011
An excerpt from a letter to a friend: "...but Frosty the Snowman still has traumatic appeal. When I was a child, I had issues (I am thinking now in retrospect) with losses and leavings so I used to weep with immense sorrow at the song, Frosty the Snowman, because he melted away to nothing - and...
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Nov.29.2011
Prologue to The Bendithion Chronicles   "There is really only one thing to do when everyone in one’s life expects something grand of one – and that is to disappoint them.  Not by default, you understand, but by design. I would have undertaken this task, this mitzvah to myself,...
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Nov.27.2011
An excerpt from The Bendithion Chronicles... "When I said that I didn’t speak Welsh well enough yet to understand these astounding poets, they said I would be fine, because I spoke it ‘right’. This seemed to have nothing to do with vocabulary, grammar, or understanding (though oddly it did...
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Nov.23.2011
The following is adapted from a letter to a friend: "I'm sure many of us have never had all the Thanksgiving Days we've thought we've had - but we've had the Thanksgiving experience. Regarding the individual day as opposed to the concept of Thanksgiving, yes, I think you're right. The movies...
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Nov.21.2011
"Sometimes when the other children danced and gambolled around her, she thought she heard her own voice in the crowd - but it was merely the sound of her yet unborn children precipitating themselves along the strings of timelessness, like notes on an ancient staff, an echo of tomorrow in the...
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Nov.14.2011
Why do we read Jane Eyre? Because we are still interested in the issues raised in her story: Patriarchy, morality, anger, justice, religion. The need to be loved versus the need to do the right thing for oneself, whatever that right thing is seen to be. The need to create legislature that is...
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Nov.01.2011
"As to your question, ‘How do I choose my professors wisely?’ You must read what they write, of course. You wouldn’t trust the tutelage of a Professor of Neurosurgery who had never practised surgery, or a piano teacher who did not know how to play the piano or a driving instructor who had never...
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Nov.01.2011
A Snippet from "Barnaby's Chance" 'Barnaby’s mother was an understanding sort of person when it came to feelings. She always listened whenever he wanted to talk (which was not that often). She would sit with him after school on the days that he did not go to Mrs. Gentry’s and give him milk and a...
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