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The Acumen for Survival and Advancement

A series of motifs in literature allows us to say, as a general principle as well as an experiential possibility, no one wants to be the younger brother. In folktales, the narrative perspective is generally either told from the point of view of the older brother, or else the younger brother is telling the tale […]

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A Beat in the House

The first time I met Allen Ginsberg he peed on my foot. But, that is not the only thing I remember about the vaunted poet of the “Beat Generation.”

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Social Justice Book Reviews: Denis O’Hearn’s Nothing but an Unfinished Song and Nancy Altman’s The Battle for Social Security

Denis O’Hearn’s recent book focuses on the life and death of hunger striker Bobby Sands.

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The Diploma Mill

America has reached its highest level of adult illiteracy in decades. Although I cannot speak for education in general, I do believe there are several reasons why we are experiencing a crisis at the college level.

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Driving Test Debacle

At the age of 35, I decided it was time I got my license.

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Truth in Memoir

James Frey gave the public what it was looking for, and was probably a little more subject to its whim than he realized.

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I Got Hoaxed by JT LeRoy

I’m one of the nobodies who thinks it’s pretty cool. I’m an insecure starfucker too, Laura/Speedy/JT. I got mine from you.

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Jumping for that Elusive Truth

Novelist Christian Bauman ponders the triumphs and tribulations of memoirists James Frey and Anthony Swofford and the lure of the publishing industry’s nonfiction fix

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Dead Sheep

One dead sheep in the middle of the trail could be anything. But two? This smacked of human agency. Or the supernatural.

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She Was Almost There

I was beginning to get embarrassed, though I was the one who had invited them to watch.

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Apprehension, or size 6 knee-length empire-waist strapless in burnt sienna silk shantung with pomegranate bow band

You would like to believe that the panic attack you had in Soho had nothing to do with the bridesmaid’s dress you selected moments before.

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The Hit

I think
deer season (which started this weekend) freaks the deer out so
much that they start doing crazy things like running around hunting
for cars to crash into when they SHOULD be sleeping.

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Running Out of Time

I am running through the halls of Paumanok Elementary School. I’m not late. Tardiness hasn’t occurred to me yet. "No running in the halls!" is a constantly necessary reprimand for children, while conversely it is quite difficult to get an adult to run. He or she must be under some grave duress like chasing a […]

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An Unbridgeable Distance

His idea of America lay in the world of myth. The kid was young, uneducated, sleeping on the streets.

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Tiny Kline

Did you know she crossed Times Square in the air? Did you know she can hang from the sky by her teeth?

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