Tag Archives: Literature

Contrast: Thurber’s ‘The Night the Bed Fell’ vs. Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Night We All Had Grippe’

I stood in front of the Writer’s Workshop ready to pontificate my verbal bowel movement. It was ‘Pride Week’ so I was surprised that our four *gay* Writers were all at the Workshop. “What the hell are you guys doing … Continue reading

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The only known complete collection of the McDougal-Littell ‘Man’ Series

“Botendaddy, our collection of Vinyl LP’s and 45’s is excellent.” Also spraach die Boten-Daughter, to I, the aged wise Botendaddy, as she played Toccata and Fugue in D Major by Johannnn Sebastian Bach on the delicate Victrola. We stood in … Continue reading

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How to Fail as a Writer: Stop Writing

To my dearly beloved readers, some words of wisdom. What defines success for a writer? Often writers feel like they’ve failed. They say: If I’m not on the Bestseller list of some major Newspaper (Website), I’ve failed as a writer. If … Continue reading

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Fake or Uncommonly used words in Literature and Film

No one ever said ‘conditioned air’. No-one ever said ‘crack-wise’, ever. No-one ever used the word ‘Jackdaw’ in a sentence other than an ornithologist. No southerner ever said y’all when speaking to JUST ONE PERSON! No-one ever said ‘peel an … Continue reading

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Bad American Literature: Honorable Mentions

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Could any book have moved slower? Movie wasn’t too bad though. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser What in the hell was this? Why was I required to read it? What utter misery. … Continue reading

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Some of the Worst Works in English Language Literature

The standard here is that the story must be iconic and widely praised, much like a hideous, groveling, sycophant praising the naked emperor’s new clothes. I hate the works below with such venom that I am unable to provide a coherent … Continue reading

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Review: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

What an utterly fantastic book. The finest novel in American Literature in a long time. The themes are very intricately interwoven. I won’t be able to review this book right away. It will take too much time, so I will … Continue reading

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