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The Shocking Campus Shooting in Virginia You Never Heard Of

4 Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 13:21:57 (EST)

Last week's ambush and murder of a campus police officer at Virginia Tech naturally evokes memories of the horrific massacre at Virginia Tech four and a half years ago. Another shocking killing -- one that happened in 1840 -- sheds further light on how to understand campus shootings.

For several...

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The Novelist Wars?

Posted August 31, 2010 | 16:36:57 (EST)

Lots and lots of healthy debate lately here and elsewhere about coverage of fiction, and ultimately the place of fiction in our culture.

The novel has always been a contradictory form. Here is a long form narrative mainly read originally by consumers who were...

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Are You Dickensian?

Posted November 24, 2009 | 11:32:11 (EST)

The world around us has become more Dickensian lately. At least that's how it seems by the way the word circulates.

Put it into a Google news search, and you'll see a sampling. Here's what I got when I did:

Dickensian waif

Dickensian melodrama

Dickensian boarding school

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Top Five Myths About Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 28, 2009 | 17:25:30 (EST)

2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. Instead of celebrating Poe, we often celebrate a caricature that has developed of him over time. Here are some of the most commonly repeated myths about Poe.

Myth #1. Poe was infatuated with young girls.

Poe did marry...

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