After the Dash: Ten Literary Epitaphs

It’s Halloween!  In honor of the creepiest of holidays, why not contemplate your own mortality? GOOD TIMES! Here are ten well-written or interesting conceived final goodbyes from folks (or folks who knew them) who have shuffled off this mortal coil. 1.  William Shakespeare (1564-1616) [Gravestone in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon] GOOD FREND FOR IESVS SAKE…

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Says “Read This!”

F. Scott Fitzgerald was very ill in 1936 and was recovering at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina with the help of a private nurse.  In addition to his failing health, the author was struggling with the decision to commit his wife, Zelda, to a mental institution at a nearby hospital.  His essay…

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Top Ten Pick-Up Lines in Literature

For the Power of Words, I give you Exhibit A: Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) and Marilyn Monroe. As Exhibit B: Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children)  and Padma Lakshmi. I could go on. Here are ten great lines from literature that just might help you get lucky, too.  1.  “The only way to…

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Top Ten Literary Beers

It’s Friday! Time to kick back with a summer read, dig your toes into the sand, and crack open one of these beauties. Who said beers couldn’t be high-brow? White Whale Ale Yes, it is actually made with pages ripped from the seams of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Le Petit Prince (or The Little Prince) Lament on…

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For Valentine’s Day: Top Ten Love Letters from Famous Writers

As Valentine’s Day approaches, once again frantic Google searches are conducted to find someone who has said what you would like to say. Here are ten writers who wrote letters to their beloveds. Some are touching, some are steamy, some are funny. Perhaps you will find some inspiration from their words. 1.  Ludwig Van Beethoven to his “Immortal…

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