Category Archives: Literature

Joan Didion 1934-2021

Joan Didion, author of Play It as It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem, journalist, short story writer, and screenwriter, died yesterday after years of battling Parkinson’s disease. She was 87 years old.

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Poems for Tolkien Reading Day

Today is Tolkien Reading Day, started by the Tolkien Society in 2003. It is held annually on March 25, the day of the downfall of Sauron. In addition to writing The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien … Continue reading

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it might never be time for some game theory

  By ann summers   Not the best diversion for the end of the republic, since it’s not about game theory, but perhaps that’s all these have been, since the inevitable is coming in 20 days. “Guys. It’s time for … Continue reading

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TCS: Giving Frigates and Fairylands to Kids

Good Morning! ____________________________________________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a … Continue reading

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“It’s Not the End of the World at All”

“It’s not the end of the world at all,” he said. “It’s only the end for us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan’t be in it. I dare say it will get along all right … Continue reading

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First Read of a Literary Blockbuster

  The worst years of the Great Depression were 1932 and 1933. In 1932, the Gross National Product fell a record 13.4%  and unemployment rose to 23.6%. FDR was elected in 1932, and took office in March 1933. He worked … Continue reading

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First Read of An American Classic

Today is the 68th anniversary of the first publication of one of the most famous short stories in America. Some works of fiction take time to find their audience. Shirley Jackson’s now-classic short story, “The Lottery,” was first published in … Continue reading

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Naomi Shihab Nye Talks about Writing

Palestinian-American poet, essayist and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye is a wonderful writer, and she’s also a terrific teacher. In this video, Marcia Franklin talks with her  at the 2012 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. The two discuss the themes in Nye’s … Continue reading

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Cthulhu for President

When Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative “Weekly Standard,” said over the weekend that an independent candidate would be entering the race for president, this probably wasn’t what he had in mind. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro responded to Kristol’s tweet by … Continue reading

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From SteamPunk to Trumpunk’d Americans… a libertarian/GOP social-media battle/alliance

 By ann summers From SteamPunk to Trumpunk’d Americans… a libertarian/GOP social media battle/alliance to come or will Bernie’s youth followers vote their real interests. It’s more than Hillary’s gaffe about the need to redirect coal producing communities but to make sure that the … Continue reading

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