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While Snopes Is Away . . .

Print PDFFrom mid-May until June, the blog will be accessible but not active.  In lieu of brief, frequent posts, readers are invited to read the essay entitled “Where I Come From a Hushpuppy Is Not a Fuzzy Shoe,” which is … Continue reading

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O Wicked Walls!

Print PDF“And Thou, O wall, O sweet, O lovely wall, That stand’st between her father’s ground and mine! Thou wall, O wall, O sweet and lovely wall, Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne!” — Bottom/Pyramus in … Continue reading

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O Tell me the Truth About Love: Advice from W. H. Auden

Print PDFWhen I was younger, I used to tip-toe into my father’s study, sit quietly amongst his towering wooden bookshelves, and crane my neck to marvel at the aged, jewel-toned spines of the vintage editions displayed before me. Intricate, golden … Continue reading

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Orwell’s Reminders of Absurdities

Print PDFBy Elyse Ferris Contemporary political discourse has caused a surge in sales of George Orwell’s groundbreaking dystopian novel 1984. Remembering Big Brother’s brainwashing methods and ‘newspeak,’ Orwell readers connected aspects of the book to Kellyanne Conway’s comments about “alternative … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch: The Audience Who Loved it, and the Critics Who Hated it

Print PDFWhen Donna Tartt’s much anticipated novel The Goldfinch hit bookstore shelves in 2013, the reaction was instantaneous. Unwary shoppers found themselves caught up in the tidal wave of die-hard Tartt fans who had been waiting over ten years for … Continue reading

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Here’s to the Love of Books: Pursuing Publishing

Print PDFby Laurel Myers I love books. This phrase is typical of an English major—so hello, that’s me, guilty as charged. I learned to read when I was three and have always lived within a block of the public library … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its (Gendered) Cover

Print PDFBy Virginia Kettles In 2013, the New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken wrote an essay about her experiences watching her books be “girlified” for publishing. In the essay, Copaken spoke about the publication of her first book, a … Continue reading

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An Apology for Literature

Print PDFAn Apology for Literature by Arlette Hernandez I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been a fan of the early modern period. All throughout high school, I dreaded reading Shakespeare. My first English class in college, a seminar … Continue reading

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Sidestepping the Book vs. Movie Debate

Print PDF“That’s not how it’s supposed to happen.” “She was much more likable in the book.” “How could they leave out James Potter’s backstory?” When it comes to watching a movie that is based off of a book, there’s nothing … Continue reading

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Kathie Odom’s “Sabbath”

Print PDFby Laura Calhoun I first discovered Kathie Odom’s work on Cabell Gallery’s website.  Shenandoah was looking for art to feature in our spring issue at the time, so I brought Odom’s website to the attention of our editor, R.T. … Continue reading

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