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The Life and Death of Rachel Wetzsteon

The Life and Death of Rachel Wetzsteon

It has been a little more than five years since poet Rachel Wetzsteon committed suicide at the age of 42 following the end of a three-year romance.
Deceptive Simplicity: I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven

Deceptive Simplicity: I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven

“Marta, something strange happened tonight. On the bank of the river I heard the owl call my name,” and it was a question he asked, an answer he sought.
How to Hypnotize Women

How to Hypnotize Women

“What’s he got that I haven’t got?” the headline blared above the picture, and below, the lothario’s secret: “The Power to Hypnotize Women!”
How Clear Should the Message Be? The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

How Clear Should the Message Be? The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

The strength of this piece is its message of Darwin in the Wild. We often hear that our stories shouldn’t boast of their messages. Nevertheless in good stories the messages are there.
Put Down That Poem Before You Kill Yourself

Put Down That Poem Before You Kill Yourself

Boston may no longer be the Hub of the Universe, but its Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area remains the undisputed capital of America in at least one respect—home of suicidal poetesses.
Andrew Smith & The Pleasure of Piling It On

Andrew Smith & The Pleasure of Piling It On

Of course Andrew Smith has met a girl. Of course I have met a father. I am a girl; Smith is a father. Does that mean either of us knows what makes each other tick?
We Must Love One Another or Die: A Brief History

We Must Love One Another or Die: A Brief History

There has probably never been a greater disjuncture between a poet and seven words he’d written. What was it that so disturbed Auden about the line after it had flowed from his pen to paper?
Too Much Detail, or Not Enough? Elegies for the Brokenhearted, by Christine Hodgen

Too Much Detail, or Not Enough? Elegies for the Brokenhearted, by Christine Hodgen

The author chose to create a detailed portrait, to use the little brushes and paint the small details. It works if the details are interesting, if the presentation is well written.
Dear Salon: You Still Have to Write the Book

Dear Salon: You Still Have to Write the Book

Everyone has a unique path to publishing. The one unifying fact for all of us is that we all had to write a book.
Sometimes You Don’t Hear the Music: War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk

Sometimes You Don’t Hear the Music: War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk

The set-up: WWII is coming to a close. Navy captain “Pug” Henry’s marriage to Rhoda is at an end following infidelities and the turmoils of war. Yet one tiny window of opportunity remains open.
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