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Atoms as They Fall Upon the Mind This article from The Point magazine extols James Joyce’s Ulysses as an example of the experimental literary technique of stream of consciousness: “When in prose carefully structured to imitate the patterns of the mind these aspects of consciousness reveal themselves to us as they do in life, through …

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A man and woman on a sandy beach as ocean waves roll in. Text reads "Thanksgiving at Long Beach."

Top Ten Tuesday  Things I’m Thankful For

Since this week’s Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S., our topic this week is Thankful Freebie. Ever since my husband and I retired to the coast of Washington, where our daughter was already living, the three of us have spent Thanksgiving week at a beautiful spot in our state. For the last several years, that …

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On the End of the Canon Wars This think piece by John Michael Colón examines the question of whether and, if so, how a “liberal education” (which really means study across the humanities) benefits students. Categories: Literary Criticism, Literary History, Literature & Culture, Reading A dinosaur is a story “in science as in fiction, the …

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Writers Wrestle with Twitter: Do I Stay or Go (and Where?) ‹ Literary Hub

After Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter became official on October 27, Margaret Atwood tweeted, “Any truly viable alternatives to Twitter yet?” Atwood wasn’t the only writer looking for the next lite… Source: Writers Wrestle with Twitter: Do I Stay or Go (and Where?) ‹ Literary Hub   Related Post: I’m Joining the #TwitterMigration to #Mastodon …

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The Dreariness of Book Club Discussions Novelist and critic Naomi Kanakia, who belongs to two book clubs, uses the context of her book group discussions to examine why we read fiction. The point of novels, she writes, “is that something happened. Something was at stake in this story. Characters made decisions. Those decisions had consequences. …

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I’m Joining the #TwitterMigration to #Mastodon

Background Last week you-know-what hit the fan over at Twitter when Elon Musk took over. A lot of folks, concerned over the return of hate speech and disinformation, talked about finding an alternative to Twitter. Also, Stephen King and Elon Must got into a well publicized dust-up over account verification and its related cost. I’m …

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PEN America Rejects Calls to Cancel Coney Barrett Book Last week’s Literary Links included an article about Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s book advance as well as an article about PEN America’s report on diversity in the publishing industry.  This week we have a link to Publishers Weekly’s news that PEN America has condemned the …

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Banner on purple background: Nonfiction November, Notes in the Margin. Photo of stack of books with the following titles: Hidden Valley Road, Words Are My Matter, The Self Delusion, The Power of Regret, Women in White Coats, The Doctors Blackwell, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

This Year I’m Doing Nonfiction November

Introduction I had all sorts of good intentions to read more nonfiction during 2022, but here it is November and, according to my spreadsheet, I’ve read exactly one nonfiction work all year (a memoir that wasn’t very good and that I therefore didn’t review).  I like alliteration and have heard of Nonfiction November, so I …

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#TopTenTuesday   10 Unlikable Characters I Couldn’t Help but Like

I present this list with minimal explanations to avoid spoiling the stories for you. 1. Robbie Feaver in Personal Injuries by Scott Turow I was amazed at how Turow was able to make me appreciate this shady lawyer. 2. & 3. Patty Watts and Rose Gold Watts in Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel This …

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