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The IED replaces the rock. Walking, breathing, soulless cadavers come home, missing their adrenaline fix and those who never made it back. Boys are numbed into fragile journeymen killers. 1,031 more words

Book Review

#233 Their Eyes were Watching God

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time and when I first began it (a few weeks ago) I was quite disappointed. 694 more words

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Toni Morrison, God Help the Child

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fine novel. Not perfect, not even really complete in a writing-workshop “craft” sense, but surely Morrison’s best since… 1,600 more words


Wanderers They Knew Not Where (44).

Had a wanderer, bewildered in the melancholy forest, heard their mirth, and stolen a half-affrighted glance, he might have fancied them the crew of Comus, some already transformed to brutes, some midway between man and beast, and the others rioting in the flow of tipsy jollity that foreran the change. 7 more words

Gallery Of Illustrations

Realism vs. Naturalism: Divergence of the Feminine

Naturalism took realism’s goal of realistic, factual representations of life and added a twist of the philosophical.  The initial optimism which realism had found in scientific thought and theory gave way to pessimism and social Darwinism.  942 more words

Academic Writing

'Why Don't You Dance?' by Raymond Carver

Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver, 1978

The magic trick:

Winning the reader with an attention-grabbing opening scene

This is a textbook example of how to wow the reader with an attention-grabbing opening scene. 142 more words

Short Stories

City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe

Poem by Edgar Allan Poe. “The City in the Sea” is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The final version was published in 1845, but an earlier version was published as “ 75 more words