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Must-Read Poetry: December 2018

Here are four notable books of poetry publishing in December. Before the core of this book—a sequence that considers the pristine “Mary Sue,” a female character in fan fiction who often seems to be the “author’s idealized...

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Poem of the week – ‘January Train’

January Train Fields of trees encased in frozen dew. The sun a sullen distant heatless disc. Tractors in a line retired between cold foreground and an almost lost horizon. A smattering of slick and sharded ponds. Sheep, a flock of huffing moving heat. Buckled fence...

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Hume and the Paradox of Fiction

The paradox of fiction is the apparent inconsistency that occurs when you try to combine three commonly accepted claims: that it is irrational to have feelings for what does not exist, that we reasonably have feelings for fictional characters, and that fictional...

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Tales through his lens darkly

ANALYSIS/OPINION: THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN: STORIES By Denis Johnson Random House, $27, 207 pages He wrote directly too, and his readers, his peers, and the literary establishment loved the gritty talk and the grittier characters. His 2007 novel “Tree of...

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Fizza-Ma-Wizza-Ma-Dill: The Elegance Of Trap And Dr. Seuss

A sign installed at an interactive exhibition dedicated to Dr. Seuss at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on July 6, 2004. Less than a week ago, rapper Win Nevaluze uploaded a dramatic reading of the Dr. Seuss deep cut Wocket In My Pocket , to the time of Migos '...

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Children’s Book Club: “Roxaboxen”

“Marian called it Roxaboxen. (She always knew the name of everything.)” That’s how this story by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, begins. We’re dropped on a hill with sand, rocks, boxes, cactus, greasewood, and “thorny...

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KOZELSKY: Adventures with Grandma

Holly Kozelsky (left) writes for the Martinsville Bulletin, and Margaret Adkins (right) was a columnist who wrote Readers Diaries for about 10 years, before her attention turned to writing poetry. Adkins is getting used to getting around town in a wheelchair. She says...

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Jabberwocky (Blu-ray Review)

Review In many ways, Jabberwocky is very much a Terry Gilliam film. You can see his unmistakable directorial stamp on it with unorthodox yet realistic characters, a bizarre yet plausible world, unusual but ordinary situations, and subtext intermingled with...

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