Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Necessary Murder: Part II

“I am twenty-six inches tall, shapely and well proportioned, my head perhaps a trifle too large.” In 1944, with World War II in the background, the Swedish writer Pär Lagerkvist composed The Dwarf (Dvärgen), which Alexandra Dick translated for the … Continue reading

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The Necessary Murder: Part I

“The conscious acceptance of guilt in the necessary murder.” This line is emblematic of literary modernism and post-modernism. Literary modernism is T.S Eliot’s dense poem, The Wasteland; post-modernism is William Carlos Williams’s deceptively simplistic The Red Wheelbarrow, or in other … Continue reading

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A borrow and a lender be

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges The concept of a public library is relatively modern. The first library as we know it in America was the result of an accident. … Continue reading

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Mistah Vonnegut was an *

So it goes I used to walk down the long road from my school to the smallish pond and wooden bench when I wanted to be alone with my thoughts. That day, I discovered after sitting down with my book … Continue reading

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Lean In to Lead Out

I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead in one afternoon. It’s an uncomfortable feeling when you read a 175-page book in a few hours – uncomfortable because, as a writer, I know no book … Continue reading

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