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I have always been a fan of the banned book. My parents will tell you, if you tell me not to do it, that’s the first thing I want to do. Here is a list of some of my favorite banned reads, in no particular order.
- Ulysses-James Joyce
- Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover-D.H. Miller
- Go Tell It On The Mountain-James Baldwin
- For Whom the Bell Tolls-Ernest Hemingway
- To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
- Native Son-Richard Wright
- The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway (it’s safe to say I love everything he’s ever done)
- Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut (again, love his entire oeuvre)
- Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck
Feel free to add to this list!
Very true, on all points. I am a romantic at heart, regardless of the razor-sharp edges most people encounter. I love a happy ending because I believe the universe fundamentally sides with Justice and Truth and that’s the way life should be. Sometimes, of course, this isn’t true, and we write to overcome.
1. I think that first of all, most folks are fighting some kind of battle in their lives. Maybe, like my heroine Kara in Her Kind of Man, they’re in a relationship that went bad, and they’ve lost the one they love. Whether it was by divorce, death, or just walking away, it tears a huge hole in someone’s heart. Maybe the problem is health-related. Someone has to accept that there are now limitations placed on them. Have you ever dealt with unemployment? How do you feed your children with no paycheck? True romances always have a happy ending which gives us hope that tomorrow things will be better. We can believe that…
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Pandora is a hellified invention. I’m sitting here working on a new story, something a bit fluffier than I normally do, and I need a musical accompaniment that underscores that. I had one song in mind, and lo and behold, Pandora delivered.
No Such Thing Playlist
Englishman In New York-Sting
In the Air Tonight-Phil Collins
A Thousand Years-Sting
Crash Into Me-DMB
King of Pain-Police
In Your Eyes-Peter Gabriel
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic-Sting and the London Symphony Orchestra
Moon and Sky-Sade
And on it goes. This is a brilliant way to construct a story without having to spend hours beforehand tweaking the music.
I’ve been following this story for a minute. The gist is a bestselling author writes a book. Some time later, she’s approached by reviewers (plural) of a different book who tell her the new book is just hers with naughty bits.
Author 1 approaches Author 2, & A 2 weaves together these increasing elaborate lies until final the US Federal Courts are involved.
This article sums up the court situation nicely & makes for fascinating reading.