Monthly Archives: November 2010

What do “La Traviata,” “Secretariat,” and Fahrenheit 451 have in common?

My father calls it “soul food,” by which he does not mean African-American cuisine but something that actually feeds your soul. When Violetta dies in the final scene of “La Traviata,” my whimpering in the balcony became a cathartic sob. … Continue reading

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Writer’s block

After teaching a semester at Loyola, Walker Percy didn’t believe anyone could write and teach simultaneously. As a full-time teacher, I agree. A friend of mine is a teacher in Houston who recently shared with me her thoughts on the … Continue reading

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Matter-of-Fact or Fiction?

A friend is writing her dissertation on Charles Reade, to which I responded, “Who?” Apparently, Reade was a British novelist as popular as Dickens in the nineteenth century, who based his fiction on actual newspaper clippings. He even subtitled several … Continue reading

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