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Cormac McCarthy

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Most writers would love to have just one book recognized as being among the best novels of its time. Cormac McCarthy has four. Blood...

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Lawrence Block

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is a very personal choice, because most Americans don’t know who Lawrence Block is. Even among those who are diligent readers,...

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stan Lee single-handedly changed the concept of “superhero,” and in so doing changed modern American culture. Lee, who cut his...

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Emily Dickinson

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not often we go back to the 19th century for our selections, so when we do, you know it must be worthy. Certainly, Emily Dickinson is one...

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Writer: Ray Bradbury

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s hard to imagine how many words Ray Bradbury has written over his lifetime. We know him for his groundbreaking science fiction...

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Writer: Dashiell Hammett

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every now and again, one person comes along who changes the tide of a literary genre. Dashiell Hammett took the genteel mystery novel...

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Writer: Carl Sandburg

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

California has its artists and writers, as does New York. Lots of writers are associated with the South and New England. For some reason,...

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Poet: Robert Frost

Posted by on Jan 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  Who’s the greatest American poet? Experts might nominate Longfellow … Dickinson … Whitman … Cummings. I’d no doubt go...

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Writer: David Mamet

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  David Mamet is one of the all-time masters of film/stage dialogue. His preference for natural conversation, in which characters...

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Writer: William Faulkner

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Probably the most celebrated Southern writer, William Faulkner produced 20 novels, more than a hundred short stories, and several volumes...

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