Poem: America, I Sing Back

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke America, I Sing Back for Phil Young, my father, Robert Hedge Coke, Whitman, and Hughes America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in. Sing back the moment you cherished breath. Sing you home into yourself and back to reason. Oh, before...

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Bookstores: Shakespeare & Company in Paris

Read my books at Shakespeare & Co.  Read more BOOKSTORE POSTS One year ago, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting perhaps the most famous independent bookstore in the world with my daughter.  Shakespeare and Company is the marvelous English-language bookshop in...

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Shakespeare’s Witches for Halloween

Song of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (from Macbeth) Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of...

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On Writing: Technique & Characterization in John le Carré

published on John le Carré's birthday - October 19, 1931 David John Moore Cornwell began writing novels about espionage and spies when he was working as a full-time intelligence agent for the British foreign service MI6 – a group whose very existence was not...

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The October Country

“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars,...

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