When Dancers Turn to Writing

    Tuesday evening, I planned on attending what looked to be an interesting reading. . . but what it turned out to be was an inspirational, uplifting and hilarious multigenre experience. The event was titled “After Dancing: Dancers Turn to Writing,” and for good reason. These two wonderful, strong women were dancers for the…

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On Taking a Year Off

  It’s about that time again—the act of road-tripping across a series of states, taking large sums of money for a range of books, getting those books signed by authors, seeing those authors read, attending a diverse set of panels that delve into various levels of meaning and importance. . . This is how I…

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Project: Reading Thoreau’s Journal (2)

  Aug. 28—(an excerpt)   Evening.—A new moon visible in the east. I omit the unusual—the hurricanes and earthquakes—and describe the common. This has the greatest charm and is the true theme of poetry. You may have the extraordinary for your province, if you will let me have the ordinary. Give me the obscure life,…

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Project: Reading Thoreau’s Journal (1)

  Over the past two weeks or so, I have been reading Henry David Thoreau’s Journal extensively and have been extremely inspired by it. Despite my growing interest in this collection, though, I have found that it is Thoreau’s least-well-known work, if not arguably his most extensive and successful. So, for my own inspiration’s sake,…

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