News & Culture

Guillermo del Toro does "The Simpsons"

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I rarely watch The Simpsons (and I really haven’t had cable for a few years), but somehow I always stumble across the show’s Halloween specials. This year I heard some talk on the interweb about […]

Everyday Poems

Tranquil Tuesday: Days by Phillip Larkin

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The question Larkin asks in the first line of “Days” is so simple, it’s almost silly. ‘What are days for?’ you can almost hear a child asking. The simple answer Larkin doesn’t give us: days, […]

Books

Disappointing reads

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I dropped Elsewhere by Richard Russo into the “return here” slot at my library the other day with some hesitation. My shabby bookmark sat more than halfway to the end of Russo’s memoir but I […]

Everyday Poems

Tranquil Tuesday: James Schuyler

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James Schuyler, ‘Past is Past’ Imagine this poem as a self-contained moment — like pretending time is still when you gaze at an old photo. “Salute” freezes you for several lines and then pushes you right […]

Travel

A week in Chi-town

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Chicago is a fun city to visit when the weather’s nice and you’re ready for an adventure. I attended a beautiful wedding in Bloomingdale, Ill. (late September 2013), and then took the train into downtown […]

Books

Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman

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Photo taken in the late 19th century by Matthew Brady // via Wikimedia. Come, said my Soul Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,) That should I after death invisibly […]

Creative Writing

Vonnegut’s Rules

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 Kurt Vonnegut was one of my favorite writers when I was in high school, so I trust his judgement on writing a little bit. The following tips are taken from the “Self-Assessment” section of the wiki on […]

Creative Writing

Hands

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                    You, who lets three coins strike the counter                    because you are afraid to feel the dirt caked in […]

Creative Writing

Night

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I write consciously when water taps to mark each sleepless moment   when curtains can’t contain the flame of a full moon nor the glare of the street lamps.   I write when impulse overwhelms sleep and verbs float […]

Creative Writing

topography

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you test the edges with your foot and find out how far you can tip-toe around the flora before you catch the fear of falling and your tired shoes release themselves over to the force of […]