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Culture, Stage Novel Gazing

Novel Gazing

There are few things that Stephen King hates more than adverbs. In his part-memoir, part-manual On Writing (2000), the best-selling author expresses his deep misgivings about that part of speech. King believes that a writer's need to qualify a sentence…
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Culture, Stage Crying Wolff

Crying Wolff

Tobias Wolff is not my favorite writer. He's skillful and funny but a little bland. The writers I love have a sharp and painterly eye for detail -- Iris Murdoch, Robertson Davies, William Faulkner -- but none of them, I've…
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Culture, Stage

Now Showing!

Speed-the-Plow This being the second production of this play in two months (Into-the-Fire mounted the show in February), one might think David Mamet's script is of some import. It's not. The show is a mechanical construction. All a director can…
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Culture, Stage

Compulsive Talkers

Fast, funny, intelligent, and wise, Katy Hickman's Meteor Girl (premiered last year at the Solo Mio Festival and now reprised by the Encore Theatre Company) offers glimpses of three very different lives linked by the contrasting threads of desperation and…
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