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Bacon, or The Death and Birth of a King Called Lear (excerpt of a play) by Robert Auletta

Bacon, or The Death and Birth of a King Called Lear (excerpt of a play) by Robert Auletta

Note: This is a modern version of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. The author has veered as closely as possible to the characters and plot; but, of course, what emerges is in many ways different. Yet Lear is as difficult as ever; the jester is now a…

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On The Tree of Life (a film written and directed by Terrence Malick)  by Colleen Tighe

On The Tree of Life (a film written and directed by Terrence Malick) by Colleen Tighe

I saw The Tree of Life in theaters immediately after the film was released. After it was over the usher cleaning the floor asked my friend and I what we thought of it, since she had heard so many people complaining. I smiled politely and…

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Essential Art House: Fifty Years of Janus Films (An Introduction by Edwin Rivera)

Essential Art House: Fifty Years of Janus Films (An Introduction by Edwin Rivera)

A film lover sets out to review fifty classic films  Movies are the ultimate seduction. They are our dreams broken free from the capsule. As Pauline Kael put it, they are an escape from one’s responsibilities. So why not duck into the nearest theater when…

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Driving by Alison Armstrong

Driving by Alison Armstrong

“It is not the destination but the journey that counts.”  Leonard Woolf wrote that. I’m not a cynical man, but I think he got it from somebody else. My only journeys now are to Maine. I enjoy driving. In fact, it is right up there…

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In Dreams by Etna Ozbek

In Dreams by Etna Ozbek

It was one of the rare occasions that we had family dinner in our dim-lighted living room. My mother, my father, and I were sitting around the table without speaking. I was the one to break the uncomfortable silence. I fixed my eyes on my…

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Roland’s Milky Way by Evan DeCarlo

Roland’s Milky Way by Evan DeCarlo

“This is a bad idea,” whispered Joey, hardly daring to breathe. “Don’t be a chicken,” hissed Daniel. “Is the coast clear? Is there anybody on the road? With a little huff, Joey’s head popped up out of the bush like a gopher and surveyed the…

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The Ugly Prince by William Rednour

The Ugly Prince by William Rednour

     Once upon a time there lived an ugly Prince. The Prince was so ugly that the King and Queen had no other children, for fear that they would be even uglier than their only son. Soon after his birth the hideous figure of…

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The Woman with the Skinned Knees by Lior Zaltzman

The Woman with the Skinned Knees by Lior Zaltzman

My glass of milk is full. I’m sitting at the counter in the kitchen. It is dark out and it is raining. A pot on the stove rumbles slowly, about to overflow. I drink my milk. I wonder if I should say something. I can…

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Untitled poem by Amanda Lu

Untitled poem by Amanda Lu

He inhaled deeply, taking in the aroma of the unadulterated air. He listens to the sound of the gravel crunch beneath his feet, as he strolls tranquilly through the streets. He immerses himself in this calm, in this silence, in this lack of Humanity. He…

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Two poems by Katie Szymanski

Two poems by Katie Szymanski

Don’t Hate Me For Saying “When I’m rushing on my run and I feel just like Jesus’ son . . .” “Heroin”—The Velvet Underground People think Jesus doesn’t exist anymore. Sure, some Christians say he’ll be coming back, and surely, most narcissistically, during their lifetime. He’s…

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