Tag Archives: literature

Radix Malorum est Cupiditas

Because I have developed an English teacher brain, I have been thinking about plague literature.  When this was all starting, I thought of Hot Zone, a truly scary look at the modern pandemic threat through the lens of Ebola.  If … Continue reading

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Never Got a Dinner

When I was a kid, they had this thing called a celebrity roast.  People got together and made fun of the guest of honor.  It had a weird, rough-handling vibe.  I think it may have come from a wise place … Continue reading

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It Occurs to Me

When I was a Senior in high school, we moved, and I had to adapt to a new home.  This was not too burdensome for me.  We had moved at the beginning of my high school time, and I was … Continue reading

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Translation, Of a Sort

My nephew teaches Chinese and Spanish.  Yes, he’s very smart.  Anyway, I also consider him a friend, and we have begun, by baby steps, a translation project.  He tells me what the words in a Chinese poem mean, and I … Continue reading

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The Mystery

On Friday, 23 June, I am going to be giving a special presentation on E.M. Forster’s lovely little novel A Room with a View and the Merchant/Ivory film of the same title.  I can hardly wait.  So…before I do the … Continue reading

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Real Weight

I promised a discussion of a great book, a book with real weight, so here it comes.  Brace yourself. Lord of the Flies by William Golding was published in 1954, and it is one of those rare novels that creates … Continue reading

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Landing It

Recently John Grisham was on the television talking about writing.  He has that look of money, a perfect haircut and expensive suit, and he stated that he did not start a book until he knew exactly how it would end.  … Continue reading

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Neville

When I was in grad school, a long time ago, we spent a good deal of time discussing the various elements of stories.  That’s the fun part of grad school, that and reading and writing.  In the midst of all … Continue reading

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Hard Advice

Just about anyone who has ever wanted to write has sought advice from an expert of one sort or another.  I certainly have.  I have been chasing this particular dragon since I was a kid, beginning the year I turned … Continue reading

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