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The Graduate: Writing in degrees

Until this week, the only thing Rodney Dangerfield and I had in common was a penchant for one-liners and general anxiety about our respectability. Then we both went “back to school.” His experience was fictional—apart from the cameo by a real-life Kurt Vonnegut—and arrived in the local cineplex as the movie Back to School. My back-to-school […]

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Genre Saves: Zombies Don’t Read

Do you know how to survive a zombie apocalypse? I don’t—despite the fact that genre fiction has been teaching how to for the past 30 years. Like every self-respecting ’80s-era bohemian, I nurtured a healthy disrespect for any notion of “genre.” While my plebeian friends devoured Stephen King horror novels, I choked down Existentialism from Dostoevsky […]

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My Life as a Dog

Bow-wow It’s been said that there are dog people and cat people. I’m neither. I’m barely a people person. This is ironic since people occasionally comment upon my natural leadership abilities and become disappointed when I don’t pass the Kool-Aid. I have been known, however, to share the wine, and if you’re seeking a Jim […]

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Write is Might: Voice of a (de)Generation

Like every other writer I know, I’m the voice of my generation. Apparently, my voice just isn’t loud enough to overcome our collective screams of desperation. That said, I feel obligated to continue trying, partly because I have the rare privilege of being a writer with a day job, which is being a writer—but with some […]

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Earth’s Fast Rotation is the New Spin Cycle

As the world turns Even though it’s over, 2020 is still getting worse. Case in point, scientists have discovered that, due to a variety of circumstances, the Earth apparently spun on its axis at an increased rate last year. Yes, our collective merry-go-round is going faster—hang on tight. Though the increased speed added up to […]