Posts by: P.E. Garcia

Dickens and the Lottery

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If you’re disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot, head over to NPR to read Charles Dickens’s account of the lottery in Naples, an event he seemed to find both amusing and horrifying: Dickens heard of a man being thrown fatally from his horse, only to be pounced on by a punter—a person who places a […]

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Comic Artists Boycott International Prize

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The Grand Prix d’Angoulême is one of the most prestigious prizes that can be awarded to a comics creator, and in the past 36 hours, it’s come under heavy fire from the international comics community for one glaring reason: Of the 30 people nominated for the title this year, none are women. That omission is, of […]

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Protecting Papa’s Papers

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Ernest Hemingway lived outside of Havana, Cuba for almost twenty years, and his former house there is a national museum. However, time (and the Caribbean humidity) have damaged many of the writer’s books and papers. Now, a Boston-based foundation is helping to conserve Papa’s property, with help from none other than former TV host Bob Vila. […]

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The Science of the Supernatural

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Certain people, Barrett decided, were… exquisitely attuned to vibrations that others could not perceive, to “forces unrecognized by our senses.” He considered these persons able to receive messages from super-normal spirit-beings existing in an intermediate state between the physical and the spiritual—a phenomenon that might account for telepathy. The Public Domain Review examines the history […]

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You’re Such a Gollum

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A man is facing two years in prison after comparing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Lord of the Rings character, Gollum. However, the judge in the case isn’t sure that the comparison is really an insult: The judge adjourned the case to February and despatched…two academics, two behavioural scientists or psychologists and an expert […]

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The Continuing Struggles of Mexican-Americans

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For many Mexican-Americans, Trump’s campaign is nothing new. It fits within repeating cycles of attraction and rejection for Mexican immigrants in this country and connects with a long history of challenges that citizens of Mexican descent have faced to their place in the society. At the New York Review of Books, Julia Preston discusses the […]

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Another Country

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Donald Quist talks to Liz Blood at Awst Press about some of his favorite writers, his graduate school experience, living as an ex-pat in Thailand, and his recent essay up on The Rumpus: I was a little fearful publishing that essay. I worried that because I no longer reside in the States, some might think I don’t […]

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Cook Like a Prisoner

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In prison, Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez learned to love ramen. Now Alvarez has a book of recipes based on his time in prison, interspersed with stories like the time when food saved his life during a race riot: “They were stuck there for hours, freezing in the cold,” Alvarez says of his would-be attackers. “This older […]

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Writing In Another Dimension

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Edison floods the world with light; biologists discover germs and defy Death; botanists grow tropical plants in Parisian glass-houses and affront Nature with hot-house orchids; the phonograph and the cinema fold Time and Space for the masses. And for some reason bicycles become rather popular. The Public Domain Review looks at the death of Victorian […]

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