Category Archives: Literary-type Goings-on

I don’t enjoy this war one bit

Today would have been David Foster Wallace’s 50th birthday. Letters of Note

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Teller’s Advice to a Young Magician

Magician Brian Brushwood shares some advice he got when he just wee lad from Teller of Penn & Teller. It’s good advice no matter what your field. Here’s a compositional secret. It’s so obvious and simple, you’ll say to yourself, … Continue reading

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And now you find you fit this identikit completely

The Composites is a website that uses law enforcement software to create composite sketches for famous literary characters based on their descriptions. Below: The Misfit from Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Description: He was an older … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

My father always said to me, “All the things that I went through during the Holocaust are within your spectrum of emotion. You know what it is to be afraid. You know what it is to be cold. You know … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Stephen Maturin

‘People say unkind things about Lord Sandwich,’ observed Stephen as they sat down, ‘but I think mankind is very much in his debt for that genial invention . . .’ – Stephen Maturin in The Reverse of the Medal by … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu’

What if Dr. Seuss had written H.P. Lovecraft’s classic story, ‘The Call of Cthulhu?’ Now an intrepid soul, DrFaustusAu, has answered that age-old question — you can see the results here. (Warning: clicking link will give you an insanity-inducing glimpse … Continue reading

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What sound does a flying knife make?

I am late to The Hunger Games — a book I am enjoying very much — but was brought up short by this bit: “Adrenaline shoots through me and I sling the pack over one shoulder and run full-speed for … Continue reading

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