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from Making It Up by Penelope Lively

From Making It Up by Penelope Lively: I did not go to any school until I was twelve years old; until then, my home-based education centered entirely upon reading — pretty well anything that came to hand, prose, poetry, good, … Continue reading

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from Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda

When I started out as an actor, I thought, Here’s what I have to say; how shall I say it? On M*A*S*H, I began to understand that what I do in the scene is not as important as what happens … Continue reading

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from On Writing by Stephen King

One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Title: Jayber Crow Author: Wendell Berry Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Counterpoint Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: I never put up a barber pole or a sign or even gave my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour

Title: Education of a Wandering Man Author: Louis L’Amour Genre: Memoir Publisher: Bantam Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: It was May 14. This review was previously posted on my personal … Continue reading

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Fantastic quote from The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

The reflections of a father after reading some of his teenage daughter’s text messages: Yet the conversation, such as it was, revealed almost nothing. The only topics were location (at mall/at McDonald’s/at skate park) and mood. Everything is lame. Everyone … Continue reading

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from “Fidelity” by Wendell Berry

She thought it strange and wonderful that she had been given these to love. She thought it a blessing that she had loved them to the limit of her grief at parting with them, and that grief had only deepened … Continue reading

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from Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry

No individual life is an end in itself. One can live fully only by participating fully in the succession of the generations, in death as well as in life. Some would say (and I am one of them) that we … Continue reading

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