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Andrew Clark-Breakfast Club
We'd have fewer cases of teenagers going postal if CATCHER were used to teach about mental illness. Like John Voss in EMPIRE FALLS, and Andrew Clark in the cult film, BREAKFAST CLUB, Holden Caulfield  shines a golden light on the teenager in crisis. Try and view CATCHER as less about...
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/07/15/156779114/the-id-the-ego-and-the-superhero-what-makes-batman-tick# Bruce and Holden both suffer obvious symptoms of PTST. Forgetting for the moment that both are fictional characters, what  should be glaringly obvious to a mental health...
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Lennie and Curley's Wife
[Spoiler Alert] Aside from the death of George and Lennie's dream to own a small farm, there are five terminations of physical life  in John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. The deaths of a mouse, an old dog and a puppy foreshadow what happens to the humans. Much can be learned by...
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Iwo Jima
http://www.justinmuseum.com/oralbio/stonehhbio.html It's amazing what you can discover on the Web, when you Google the name of someone you knew over fifty years ago. The above link took me to a biography "Stoney" must have uploaded when the Internet was still in diapers, before he passed away. His...
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Holden Caulfield
As an undergraduate in the '60s I could barely get through CATCHER. I didn't care about some crude spoiled preppy kid who couldn't get his act together. In a word, I was clueless. I reread the book last fall and discovered something profound, that Holden was suffering from PTSD stemming from the...
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It's a stretch of the misandric imagination to assert, as I read in one woman's critique, that in this character Steinbeck is asserting that "all women as nothing but trouble and are the downfall of man". That's like saying that because an artist paints a rattlesnake with poisonous fangs, all...
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http://bookstove.com/book-talk/john-steinbeck-meets-ernest-hemingway-new-york-1944/ Here's a link to an interesting article about some important writers having dinner: Ernest Henmintway, John Steinbeck and John O'Hara (Butterfield 8, Pal Joey, From the Terrace.) The shabby behavior of Hemingway is...
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http://indiereader.com/2012/06/how-amazon-saved-my-life/ Jessica Park, author of Flat-Out Love, has been reading my thoughts. Here are some juicy quotes from her article about self-publishing on Kindle. "The truth is that I couldn’t care less whether New York editors and publishers like...
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Along with realism, one of my main objectives is that readers not feel a need to "interpret" what I've written. When that happens, when there's too much wiggle room for interpretation, I've failed at clarity. (Unless I'm being deliberately vague, which is what I think Hemingway was doing in "Hills...
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It was spring in '08 when I attended my first "Re: Writing" workshop with Elizabeth Rosner at Esalen, near Big Sur. It was a turning point. I came away with a notebook full of story seeds, a boost in confidence and a commitment to writing. A well had been tapped. The words haven't stopped flowing....
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Independent literary events are an indication of the vibrancy of a literary community. Table 1, below, identifies three readings that I attend regularly and recommend because they are well organized, well attended, and maintain high standards of both reading quality and respect for readers....
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Bobby Hoot, 2010
(c) 2013 all rights reserved   Robby was the last new boy, having come to the Tarrant County Children’s Home just days before.   He was pale and quiet, with Cherokee cheeks, a crooked nose, straight dark hair and a hawk-like stare. He carried an inhaler for asthma, and his malnourished...
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[The following is an excerpt from my application to an MFA creative writing program.] I was hosing down the photenias on a hot summer evening when my nine year-old daughter tugged on my belt. “Dad?” she said. “What, Angel?” I glanced down at her, but my attention was on the bushes. “If your mom and...
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For those interested in editor Gordon Lish's influence on Raymond Carver's work, here's a web site rich with material:  http://donswaim.com/nytimes.carverchronicles.html Below is an excerpt. "Overall, Lish's editorial changes generally struck me as for the better. Some of the cuts were...
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[This is one of the most powerful scene's I have come across in literature. Isaac, a Jewish symphony conductor, speaks to Paula, a Jewish opera singer who has lost her voice after the shock of learning details about her father’s suffering at Auschwitz. As a ten year-old, the father's job had been...
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