But in all the bleakness—the annual memorizing of Kilmer’s “Trees,” the punishment administered by banging guilty heads on hard oak desks—we had one fine, fancy new gimmick that followed us from fourth grade through eighth. It was a white cardboard box of folders, condensed two-page stories about dinosaurs and earthquakes and Seeing- Eye dogs, with questions...
“Montaigne said philosophizing is learning to die. Writing is learning to die. It’s learning not to be afraid, in other words to live at the extremity of life, which is what the dead, death, give us.” - Helene Cixous, “The School of the Dead,” in Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing It is with great annoyance that I return this book to the library without...
“If, however, we continue to look at the novel in terms of emotional exchange, we can see that Mark Twain determined to save both Huck and Jim at the expense of Tom Sawyer. In the world of literary interpretation, poor old Tom never has got over that decision, and he never will. In the light of those interpretations, we have to see that Mark Twain so loved Huck and Jim that he sacrificed...