Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Rest is Silence: a meditation

“Who’s there?” is the very first line of Hamlet and has the first line of anything managed quite as much? Putting aside all the arguments for and against Shakespeare, Who’s there? is both a beginning and an end. It’s a … Continue reading

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Hail, the Competent Hero

There are a few careers for heroes in Romancelandia that are decidedly non-wonky. Rock star, movie star. Doctor, lawyer, FBI agent. Navy SEAL, billionaire tycoon. We see them over and over again, in a kind of shorthand for character. These … Continue reading

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Making Candy on the Deck of the Titanic

Last week I re-read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. The last time I’d read it was ten years ago, when I was struggling to write and submit literary short stories and getting loads of enthusiastic rejection letters. It wasn’t an … Continue reading

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