The Magic of the King: Stephen King’s Masterful Storytelling

April 10, 2012 § 2 Comments

Over the course of his long and prolific writing career, Stephen King has caused a surprising amount of controversy.  Some call him an egotistical, wind-baggy hack who sells formulaic bosh on name value alone.

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Others revere him as an enlightened demigod among mortals, wielding a legendary sword-like pen capable of slaying readers with terrifying, insightful stories.  Subjective opinions aside, King’s credentials are pretty impressive: five British Fantasy Society Awards, an O. Henry Award, four World Fantasy Awards, and numerous other honors decorate the secretive Mr. King.  But who is the man behind the typewriter?

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Book Response: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

April 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

Themes of death and motherhood in Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward is an intimate look at life, death, pregnancy, and the sometimes twisted role played by motherhood in these matters.  Most striking to me about this reading experience were the many metaphors employed to weave this theme through the story, especially through China, Esch, and Katrina itself.

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Book Response: Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

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General response to Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion

After a brief prologue from the retrospective point-of-views of several other main characters, Play It As It Lays throws the reader into the uncomfortable, brusquely-narrated world of the protagonist, Maria.

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Short response to “Jesus’s Son” by Denis Johnson

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The Search for “Realness” in Jesus’s Son

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The two most deeply striking themes running through this novel were a) the characters’ copious drug use and b) their related longing to feel something “real”.

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God as Macrocosm: a personal essay on mysticism and philosophy

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God as Macrocosm, originally written December 2010.

First of all, I will say that I cannot align myself fully with any logical argument attempting to prove or disprove the existence of God.

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Prompt – Write about a time you felt outnumbered.

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Outnumbered

a horror story

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Weather Feather

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Unfinished short story, feedback welcomed!

Weather Feather

Queenie and I have twenty minutes left on the clock before we’re supposed to flip the sign on the pawn shop door from OPEN to CLOSED and take our lunch break.  I long to close early.  Nobody’s gonna show up in this sweltering heat anyway, and Mr. Jenkins isn’t around to calculate exactly how much money we’d be wasting.  In fact, I’m getting up to do it, when in shuffles this hulking bear of a guy with an eyepatch and a bum leg that he drags behind him like a log.  His shoes are crusted with something that I don’t care to investigate further, and his grin says he might be here to eat someone.  He points it at me and heads straight to the counter, like he’s been here a thousand times.

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