DEFINITION

February 4, 2016

the art of writing = deciding how to sequence carefully selected words

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES JOYCE

February 2, 2016

May your heaventree of stars always hang with night blue fruit.

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CREEPING BOOKS

January 21, 2016

The books watch with Louise Brooks’ eye for another opportunity to advance.

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RUNNING BOARDS

January 17, 2016

During my early childhood years, cars still had running boards, but I never saw anybody actually run on one.

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MT. SNOWPLOW

January 16, 2016
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A SENTENCE BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV

January 10, 2016

You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Thus spake the repugnant narrator of Nabokov’s Lolita.

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FIND THE LAKE

January 6, 2016

Between blanket of snow and blanket of cloud there is a thin stripe of lake.

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A SENTENCE BY LOU ALCOTT

January 2, 2016

Her little airs and graces were much admired, so were her accomplishments; for beside her drawing, she could play twelve tunes, crochet, and read French without mispronouncing more than two-thirds of the words. Lou’s understated humor in this description of Amy in Little Women illustrates the timeless sparkle of her voice.

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BEAUTIFUL RUNNER

December 20, 2015

A childhood friend’s memory of young Louisa May Alcott: ‘She was the most beautiful girl runner I ever saw.’

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ON AGE

December 17, 2015

Was that sound an elephant stepping onto a carpet of unshelled peanuts or just me turning my head to look out the window?

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