Category Archives: Writing by others

Kitsch-man as Tourist by Ludwig Giesz. And the Rise of the Selfie.

What is kitsch? Everything in the last town I lived in which was Las Vegas. I know it when I see it. I’ll leave a better definition to dictionaries and the great book KITSCH: The World of Bad Taste by … Continue reading

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To the Ladies By Lady Mary Chudleigh

17th Century poet Mary Chudleigh fought the feminist battle three hundred years before most people thought that fight started. Read by the incomparable Ghizela Rowe. To The Ladies by Lady Mary Chudleigh (1656–1710) Wife and servant are the same, But … Continue reading

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Snake by D.H. Lawrence

As a young teenager I practiced a great deal with a slingshot called a Wrist Rocket. They’re still sold today. After some time I got quite accurate and one day a bird in a tree seemed a natural target. I … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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I Have Been Faithful to Thee, Cynara! in My Fashion

Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) Carol Rumens writes in the Guardian  (external link) that this poem’s title is “[F]rom Horace’s Odes, Book 4, 1, translat[ing] as “I am not as I … Continue reading

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Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1)

Writing Within Different Styles (Part 1) Little writing is more stilted or conforming to its trade than legal writing. Anything submitted to the court must sound legal, just as the IRS tax Code must sound like all that previously written … Continue reading

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Bukowski Reads Bukowski

I never understood people like Bukowski because I grew up in a different world, one of a warm family. School was the enemy, not my parents or home. I felt that Bukowski and others were trying to tear the world … Continue reading

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Writing Contest! Yay! What Would Your Suicide Note Say?

What would your suicide note say if you were going to kill yourself? Or, what would your favorite fictional or real life person say if they were going to kill themselves? What would Kermit the Frog say if he were … Continue reading

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A Demon in My View — “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) Well, this explains Poe, doesn’t it? As well as the music of  Black Sabbath. 🙂 “And all I loved, I loved alone.” That is master class! And upsetting and sad. Poor Edgar. … Continue reading

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Life is Just Like a Pill

I hated High School so much that I ditched classes every chance I got to bicycle into the American River Parkway. Nature and particularly wilderness has always been my friend. Life, as in the built up world, not so much. … Continue reading

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