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Sanctuary

It’s that time of year. AWP 2015 has arrived; I’m writing this now from my third-floor hotel room, looking out over Washington Ave., in Minneapolis. Emphasis not on Minneapolis, although it’s nice to be out of Indiana for a bit, … Continue reading

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A black belt, a black cat, and a black wing.

Writers are notorious for struggling with some things. For instance, we have to be reminded to kill our darlings, because sometimes we write that glorious sentence, better than anything we’ve ever written before, sparkling with artistry and multilayered in its … Continue reading

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Dissonance, Part III: order in disorder

[part i] [part ii] Lately I have had Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night on the brain. I’ve talked about Festinger and Carlsmith’s tedium, Milgram’s volts … but not much about the book itself. So let’s move on to Das Reich der … Continue reading

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Dissonance, Part II: shocking revelations

As previously mentioned, I recently read Kurt Vonnegut’s early novel, Mother Night. Protagonist Howard W. Campbell Jr. writes his memoirs for the Haifa Institute, awaiting his trial for war crimes committed while serving as an American spy, producing Nazi propaganda. … Continue reading

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Dissonance, Part I: it’s good for you.

Dissonance does funny things to people. In 1959, Festinger and Carlsmith set people at a tedious, seemingly pointless task for an hour. After the task was finished, some of the participants were sent on their way; the others were asked … Continue reading

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