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Groundhog Day, Sisyphus, and What They Mean for Your Manuscript

Steve Sanders

I can't speak for all writers, but...[I] feel a kinship with Phil when he observes early in the film, "What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was the same and nothing you did mattered?"

Invisible Desire: Celia Dropkin (1888 - 1956)

Yerra Sugarman

If Dvorak wove the plaintive melodies of his homeland into his modernist music, and T. S. Eliot incorporated the speech of Cockneys in experimental poems, Celia Dropkin used Yiddish lullabies and children's rhymes to set a certain folk innocence and experience beside her modernist concerns with the experiences of a woman's body...

Project Row Houses: Recovering and Teaching Houston's History

Chelsea Shannon

In 2004, art historian Hal Foster coined the phrase "archival impulse" to describe artistic practices that create idiosyncratic archives of particular moments, people, or places in modern history1. For Foster, this trend marks a shift from the predominant…

After Midnight: A New Year's Day Post

Dino Piacentini

I am writing this on New Year's Day. Inevitably, the mind turns towards resolutions. Read more. Run more. And, of course, write more. My mother was an enthusiastic resolution drafter. She would make a detailed list--walk one mile per day, read Bible ten…

New Year's Resolution: Can The Writer Be Humble?

Kay Cosgrove

At this time of year, reflection and resolution feel as essential as scarves and hats, as prevalent and popular. "Scarf, hat, reflection, in that order?" For the writer, reflection, resolution, and seasonal accessories are a staple of any month of the…

Reasons to Read The Berenstain Bears

Patrick Clement James

A recent Internet meme has Facebook users posting a list of books that they find personally influential. Here's my list: 1. The Berenstain Bears 2. Little Women 3. Leaves of Grass 4. What the Living Do 5. Brideshead Revisited 6. The Color Purple 7. Thomas…

The Acceptable Modern Scrooge Re-evaluating Dickensian Implication

Justin Chrestman

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published in full 170 years ago this last December 18th. I'd forgotten a few of the less familiar aspects of the work. For example, Scrooge's journey with the ghost of Christmas Present to a lighthouse and a ship…