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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 Smoke”...

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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 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 ocotillo.” In some ways this story...

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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 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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Rumpus Original Poetry: Two Poems By Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Glossary for the State of Louisiana Alluvial & drifting is how this language begins: ______alligators floating their dark Braille across some no-name ______bayou. Where layers lilt as they lower, Crawdads with the long-dead in their mouths. Where all ______colors slow...

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Quiz – Man Seeks To Define Every English Word With A Limerick

In this photo made Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, limerick dictionary creator Chris Strolin poses for a photo in Belleville, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) There are many different methods for studying languages and learning new words. One man has come up with his own unusual...

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Read Our Stories – But Don’t Steal Them

In 2015 I was travelling when inspiration struck. I had returned to my grandfather’s country to find out more about where I had come from; nothing could have prepared me for where it would lead. I found more family history than I had ever imagined existed, and I was...

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