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Elements of Surprise

I heard about Vera Tobin’s book Elements of Surprise on the Hidden Brain podcast. Shankar Vedantam was interviewing Tobin about her work analyzing the ways in which knowing/not knowing affects the unfolding of narrative and how writers/filmmakers plant seeds to make plot

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Rebecca and the #MeToo Movement

What if everything the narrator of du Maurier’s Rebecca told us was wrong? After all, everything we know is filtered through the 2nd wife, who only knows what she knows through what the murderer-husband told her.  https://crimereads.com/reading-rebecca-in-the-time-of-trump/  

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There’s a word for that…

What’s the word for knowing you read something somewhere on-line but now you can’t find it and you can’t remember which site it was on? I thought I left the tab open because I wanted to link this article to

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Truly, I live in dark times!

The news seems to get more depressing and disturbing every week. Brecht is so eloquent about what we can do and what we must do. If you don’t read German (and I barely do, I mean, I understand isolated words

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A wonderfully moving short story in The Masters Review | “Mix and Match” by Katherine Rooks

Source: The Masters Review | “Mix and Match” by Katherine Rooks

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The not-so-hidden injuries of class: A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant-Maid 

I ran across this while looking for something else. The language is so delightfully fresh and arch. Elizabeth Hands–died in 1815, and although the Poetry Foundation does not date the poem, her book was published in 1789–so who knows? Perhaps

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The Tyranny of Good – Change Seven Magazine

by Joe Mills My piano playing has improved. I have advanced from the children’s books to the adult ones. I have begun to play the black keys and the white keys in the same song. I have learned a co…

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