Can I Read the Same Book Twice and Maintain My Humanity?

In the home of every bookworm is an identical edifice. I don’t care where you go, how far you travel, or to what strange ends of the earth you journey, if you enter the home of a bookworm, you will always find a stack of books that the bookworm intends to read ‘sometime later’.

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There’s No Place Like a Utopia

Ever since I learned that those funny squiggles above cartoon characters were words, I have been an avid reader. I loved to get my squat and grubby child fingers on anything that had pages, whether it was a comic book, a magazine with pictures, or my sister’s textbooks. I read much less as I grew […]

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I Want to Scare Myself

My friend and I were walking and talking the other day, of things mostly inconsequential (world peace, geopolitics, and the price of tea in China) when suddenly the sun went down, abandoning us in the dark in the middle of nowhere with no way to get home except by walking through the chilly air and […]

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Unnecessary Words

I use too many words. It’s a bad habit that I’ve picked up along the way of being a writer; the unstated need to fill such and such pages for a work to be worthwhile. Although the short story is an American phenomenon, I still lose sight of the truth that something good and valuable […]

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Principles

I have always said that there’s no point in having principles if you don’t have any. I realize that one liner is constructed to be ridiculous, but it hides an important truth: if we are to go anywhere or do anything, we must have principles. Principles, or morals, or ethics, or whatever you might call […]

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Why I Love Writing

Writing is one of the best things that can ever happen to you. You may get married, have kids, make lots of money, drive a nice car, and all the other external trappings of superficial success, but these events are nearly worthless until you tell someone about it. Communication is the hallmark of the social […]

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