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“Gaga” definition: “Overexcited or irrational, mentally confused…..”

“Gaga” is a real word. And Lady Gaga is a real writer- a songwriter. Before her explosion into superstardom, she wrote songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. Now she does a pretty good … Continue reading

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A Room, Womb or Tomb of One’s Own

In her book, “A Room of One’s Own,” Virginia Woolf emphasizes how important it is for a writer to have the right place to do the work. This place is the womb where literary gestation, growth, labor, and birth occur. It is … Continue reading

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Barton Fink goes to Hollywood and can’t write

In the Coen brothers movie Barton Fink, the main character (John Turturro) experiences some success as a socially relevant, intellectual playwright in NYC, who prides himself with addressing the plight of the common man in his art. When he is … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov wrote 500+ books. Did he do it just to make me feel bad?

Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, with a book count of over 500 as well as countless articles, letters, and short stories. Why did he have to do this? Did he think the rest of … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellison became highly visible after he wrote “The Invisible Man” but he couldn’t finish the second novel.

Ralph Ellison’s fist novel, The Invisible Man was critically acclaimed and a bestseller after its publication in 1952. By the time he died in 1994 he had written over two thousand pages on his second novel Juneteenth, which was begun … Continue reading

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Henry Miller outdoes God with his “Commandments” for writing

Henry Miller’s commandments for his work schedule are listed in the edited book, Henry Miller on Writing,( pg 161).  God’s more famous list of commandments were intended for all of Moses’ flock to obey, but Miller’s apply to him alone. They … Continue reading

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Chimps, writing, and the funky monkey mind

Writers are usually very bright people with very active minds, and the words that flow onto the page are wonderful representations and distillations of that inspired cranial activity. But sometimes this dynamic inner festival of thought takes a funky turn … Continue reading

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