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“A Christmas Memory” / Truman Capote

Since it is now “fruitcake weather,” a story with a Christmas scene seemed apt to suggest. Unfortunately, my favorite Christmas story, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, is not in the public domain, so I cannot legally share it. (But,…

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“Phaedrus” / Plato

It’s embarrassing to admit 1) that I am a philosophy major and 2) that I am philosophy major, and it has only now occurred to me to recommend the classiest of all classics, Plato’s Dialogues. It came to when I…

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The Yellow Wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Paper tells the story of a young woman’s psychological collapse. The narrator has been feeling down–probably because she is married to a physician named John who is “practical in the extreme.” Her husband, being practical and all, decides…

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Tender Buttons / Gertrude Stein

I’m not going to lie: Tender Buttons, despite its brevity, is challenging. Reading it is like doing yoga or Pilates. It is a deceptively hard workout.  But, maybe the fact that the title alludes to a French slang term for…

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Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte

Last Tuesday, laid down by the stomach flu, I buried myself under ten pounds of blankets and passed the time sweating.  I couldn’t move.  I just lay in my stinky little nest, pitting out my sheets and my favorite Hanes…

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