Monthly Archives: December 2012

Here’s what literary fiction looks like.

Here’s what literary fiction looks like. These examples are from The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. . . . she would reveal to us in her storytelling voice that salmon dreamed of mountain passes and the brown faces of … Continue reading

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Conquistadors and Puebloans

Well, did the conquistadors bring anything besides death and destruction? Why, yes they did!  You can hardly blame the Europeans for all the diseases they brought, as devastating as they were to the native peoples. They didn’t know they were … Continue reading

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Empathy leading to aversion? I saw this explained in the New York Times Science section that comes on Tuesdays.

Empathy leading to aversion? I saw this explained in the New York Times Science section that comes on Tuesdays. See, if you are quite empathetic and are constantly empathizing with someone who is constantly suffering, then you will suffer, too. … Continue reading

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My take on the new Anna Karenina movie.

Hmm. Didn’t like the stage business, the trope, of setting some scenes in and around the theater. I found it confusing in the first few minutes, and after that, I found it distracting. Very artsy, I guess, but it distanced … Continue reading

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