Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 1

by Lisa VanDamme The goal of this talk is to help you fall in love – or more in love – both with poetry and with love itself. With a symphonic integration of all the resources of language, great love poets take the most elusive nuances, thrills, mysteries, and motifs...
Twas The Night Before Christmas

Twas The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in...
The Government Against Santa Claus

The Government Against Santa Claus

The US Justice Department announced today that it will file an antitrust suit against Santa Claus. “He’s got a monopoly on delivering presents on Christmas Eve,” said Justice Department spokesperson Ben Scrudge. “Plus he’s giving those presents away for free. Who can...
A Dearth of Eagles – Chapter One: The Writer

A Dearth of Eagles – Chapter One: The Writer

Kalin Baronov was about to die. Georgi Leonidov had saved Kalin’s life more times than could be remembered. Now he would cause his death. On this black Belasitsa night, elite agents of the Durjavna Sigurnost advanced on him from three sides. Only the sheer cliff face...

The Hero’s Journey

What trials unite Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins and many of literature’s most interesting heroes — and you? Matthew Winkler takes you through the crucial events that make or break a hero as based on the works of Joseph Campbell’s A...
Invictus

Invictus

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”   Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried...

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