Tag Archives: novels

Phillip Roth

  Readers recently lost a legend in Phillip Roth. Though he passed away, his ideas live throughout the wonderful stories he wrote. I was introduced to Phillip Roth when  earning my Masters in English Literature. The assigned novella was Goodbye Columbus, but included five additional short stories. After I read the book I begin searching […]
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The Risk of Trusting and The Strength of Forgiving.

  What’s worse than being betrayed is being betrayed without explanation, and by people who one trusted. To trust fully in people, then to be betrayed by these people feels like The Black Death.What’s most important for this individual is to forgive. A common saying goes, “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of […]
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Solitude

Adam Phillips: “An affinity for solitude is comparable only to one’s affinity for certain other people.” In reality, many endure solitude, and some even choose it. Loneliness can be more prevalent around others than isolated from society. Or is solitude really loneliness? People aren’t ever truly alone – whether hiking deep in a wilderness with […]
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Culturally Empathic

To understand the emotions and experiences of people outside my culture, I must venture out of my circle and comfort zone to actually explore other cultures. If I can’t travel to other countries and continents to experience other cultures, I need only to open a book and read and/or watch a film. But diverse culture is all around me. […]
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Impulsive Responses Agitate Fire

I think everyone deals with opposition some point in his or her life. This includes dealing with difficult people (to be nice). What is the best way to deal with difficult people or a difficult person? For example, how does one go about dealing with people they know are being bias or jerks to him or […]
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Ghosts in Fiction.

Are ghosts terrifying or horrifying? Perhaps both. It depends on the ghost and the person reading or viewing the ghost, or whether the reader or even author believes ghosts are real or figure of someone’s imagination. In Richard Matheson’s “Hell House” when “Florence shrank into her chair as another serving dish began to skid across the table, headed […]
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Once Upon a Time Gothic Women

When the imagination is repressed, the mind is not in complete balance, because part of a healthy mind includes use of the imagination for creative thinking. I am no psychologist, but this just makes sense. Madness can occur as a result with the mind not being in right balance. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” […]
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Death Has No End

Death is one of the hardest things to deal with in life. It is an inevitable part of life. I have had to deal with it and have even pondered how my loved ones would have to deal with my departure. But there is necromancy, of course. Anyone can be brought back to life if […]
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Story Settings are Magical

  There are a lot of things that inspire my writing. Places and landscapes entice me to create stories. From the Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Serengeti, Amazon Jungle, Alaska, and many other landscapes, to the details of these places, are motivators for creating fictional worlds. Then there are the abandoned places such as The Wonder House […]
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Books and Movies Turn Me On.

  I have read books with stories and characters I adored and admired. After watching hundreds (maybe more) movies, I still haven’t discovered some of the stories and worlds, which float around in my head. Waiting for them may be impossible. I might die before I ever witness such stories and settings. The more I […]
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