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Readings I’ve Enjoyed

The December 1956 issue of Mademoiselle magazine included a short story that has been anthologized often since then. Additionally, it has been recorded by the author and others, dramatized for television, turned into a Broadway musical, and into a one … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When I first read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman a few years ago I thought it was every bit as good as some of Poe’s short stories.  I haven’t changed my mind.  Gilman’s best known short story has … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story masterpiece, “Babylon Revisited,” is the tale of a man whose alcoholism is partly responsible for his wife’s death.  In the story he, now sober, returns to Paris to seek custody of his daughter who is … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Back in 2010 Veronica Roth, then a 21-year-old creative writing major at Northwestern, wrote in a blog that she would like to jump into a pool filled with mini-marshmallows.  At this point in time she could probably afford to jump … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert W. Service

It has been a bitterly cold winter in many parts of the United States, and many of us can sympathize with the plight of a man named Sam McGee.  You can find a poem about Sam on my Readings I’ve … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

With the cold, snowy winter weather in many parts of the United States, it might be time for a lesson about how to build a fire – compliments of Jack London (1876 – 1916).  London had experience with severe conditions … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1913?) is probably best remembered for his witty and irreverent The Devil’s Dictionary, but he was also a wonderful short story writer.  His “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is an excellent example of his work.  … Continue reading

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