Tag: steinbeck

In Search of the Elusive, Eternal Otter
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In Search of the Elusive, Eternal Otter

The water changes from moment to moment. It is grey, it is ruffled, it is polished pewter or a mirror holding the sky and bouncing light in every direction. I am mesmerized as it furs with the lightest shower of rain, ripples beneath coots or bends under the weight of a swan. Moorhens bicker at

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The best spooky reads for summer, according to a horror writer

AYESHA RASCOE, HOST: You listeners out there know I love a good scare. So for our series asking authors for summer reading recommendations, we had to get some picks to keep us reading through the nights with all the lights on. And Joe Hill has definitely scared me. He’s the author of “The Black Phone”

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On the Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books
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On the Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books

The time had come again. The little white bookshelf in the dining room, two shelves, three feet wide, was full. Overly full. The books were stacked in columns, bottom edges rather than spines showing, each shelf crammed tight. Elsewhere in our compact flat, a few other piles of books bubbled up like springs. These are

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Belly of the Beast
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Belly of the Beast

WHALEFALL , by Daniel Kraus In marine biology, a whale fall is the body of a dead whale that has slowly descended to the bottom of the ocean. Scavengers strip its flesh, crustaceans and other creatures colonize its skeleton and its decaying bones help sustain countless organisms for years to come, part of the delicate

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In Love, on the Road and Undead
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In Love, on the Road and Undead

I AM HOMELESS IF THIS IS NOT MY HOME , by Lorrie Moore There’s a well-known bit of literary advice, often misattributed to Vladimir Nabokov, that goes like this: The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then, once he’s up there, throw rocks at him. This maxim is sound,

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