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Good Writing #3: Imagined Space and the Page

I greatly enjoy when a description makes use of the shape of its paragraph or the space of the page. This does not exactly mean positioning words on the page, but rather thinking about how the eye passes over a … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Hela cells were the first human cells to continuously reproduce outside of a human body.  They were shared with laboratories throughout the world and used in thousands of important experiments, including verifying the safety of the polio vaccine.  They are … Continue reading

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The Oxford Dictionary of English

I don’t feel compunctious admitting that the Oxford Dictionary of English is one of my favourite books.  I have a copy on my shelf next to my most comfortablest chair and I often find myself perusing it in idle moments. … Continue reading

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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov asks its readers to contend with two stories at once.  The devil arrives in Moscow masquerading as a stage magician and oversees a week of mayhem from a small room high up in an … Continue reading

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The Poetics of Space

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard is a profoundly attentive examination of how we inhabit different spaces and how these spaces affect our psyche.  I like to think of this book as a philosophical investigation of comfort, a topic … Continue reading

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The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is a structural gem which lays everything out in front of you in the opening section without explaining anything.  By waiting until nearly the end of the book to illuminate the opening pages, … Continue reading

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