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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: telling it like it was

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was in high school when I learned the word didactic: “intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment.” I’m not sure that … Continue reading

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not commercial, not literary—what, then?

What do writers do with their time? I can’t speak for others; indeed, I can barely speak for myself, for I wonder where all the time goes. Partly this is an artifact of age, sure (I’m 58), but really it … Continue reading

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the thrice-born story

When my father arrived, at age 14, with his mother in Halifax in 1948 as a refugee from Germany, it had been 4 years since he had last seen his father, Alexander. Alexander had waved goodbye to them from the … Continue reading

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