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“BITTER” Writing in a Weekend: How to Write About the Things We Can’t Change

In the midst of a fruitless job search? An unspeakably bad breakup? Headlines that make you scratch your head and whince? A winter that left you bereft? This workshop is for YOU. Why not use bitterness, hardship and anxiety to your creative advantage? Or, if you aren't bitter at all, learn why your characters should...

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A Letter from Paris: Love on the Road

“Indonesia,” I tell the taxi driver when he asks where I’ve been. He picks up my bag and sets it in the trunk. “You travel light,” he says. “It’s the only way to go.”

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A Letter from Paris: Still Life with Eiffel Tower

My friend Monique is tall, thin, recently single, and recently blonde. She’s invited me to a play at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 8:30 curtain. We’ve met first for a quick dinner at Chez Francis, the ever-decent brasserie at Place de l’Alma. We have a window table with a large view punctuated bright in the distance...

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A Letter To Family and Friends From Sendai

WRR@LARGE A Letter To Family and Friends From Sendai, March 18, 2011 March 18, 2011 A Letter To Family and Friends From Sendai Hello My Lovely Family and Friends, First I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very touched. I also wish to apologize for a generic...

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A Pagan Ur-Text of the Lebor Gebála Érenn

THINKING OTHERWISE A Pagan Ur-Text of the Lebor Gebála Érenn by William Irwin Thompson Book One. The First World   In darkness I write, not the dark  of the flamed volcanic gods who take summers’ crops from men, but of Brigid’s templed womb. Windowless, my earth-burmed hut; empty of comforts, I wait for the forehead...

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Anatolian Days and Nights and the Cultural Evolution of Spirituality

LINDISFARNE CAFE Thinking Otherwise: Anatolian Days and Nights: and the Cultural Evolution of Spirituality by William Irwin Thompson In their journey to discover the "Divine Mother" a subtext through much of Anatolian Days & Nights, A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints, Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner are not simply writing anecdotal...

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And the Votes are In – The American Elections of 2010

THINKING OTHERWISE And the Votes are In: The American Elections of 2010 by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley Thomas Cole, The Course of Civilization, Destruction, 1836   The results are in! The people have spoken! Christine O’Donnell has lost, and Harry Reid is returned to the Senate. California and New York...

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Around the Block

My friend and coworker Justin and I had been stopped by security. Justin rolled down his window. “Who are you here to see?” the plump, squat security guard asked him.

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Ask the Philosopher: What is the Philosopher’s Stone?

Life is a muddle and a struggle, with an ever not quite to all our formulas, with novelty and possibility forever leaking in.

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Ask the Philosopher: Who is Your Favorite Philosopher?

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Ask the Philosopher:What is Aristotle’s Music of the Spheres

Plato and his student Aristotle stand together as the founding philosophers of Western philosophical thought. The questions they raised still engage our world today.

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Avatar – When Technology Displaces Culture

THINKING OTHERWISE Avatar - When Technology Displaces Culture by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract.   When printed manuscripts were first introduced, they appeared as incunabula and were made to look like medieval hand-illuminated vellum rather than printed paper....

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Bad for Boys

Anything can trigger my mother’s mention of the incident. Usually she tells it at one of those family dinners she begs us to where she pretends my brother, sister, and I are kids again and that our spouses, children, and boyfriends are merely our new playmates. We try to keep the conversation fixed in the...

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Bahamian Salad Saga

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Important: If you live in The Bahamas, the ingredients required for this salad might require a prayer for divine manifestation.

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Bedtime Story for Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Bedtime Story for Civilization by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley  There once was a man who looked around and saw only what was in his head. But the funny thing was that everything he thought he saw made him upset. So he screamed a lot and protested that things...

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Bodhi Blues

Last night I sat at dinner on the rooftop of a Buddhist dharma center in Bodh Gaya with three other women. We hailed from Australia, Denmark, Britain, and America. We were white women in India, and thanks to the availability of Western porn on-line and in seedy little cinema halls, we are every repressed Indian...

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Bodhi Blues: A Year in India: Kushingar

Five years ago, I lived in guest rooms at the Tibetan nunnery in Dharamsala. I had no intention of taking vows of celibacy, nor was it the best value: the beds were uncomfortable and the communal bathrooms were too busy — but I stayed there for several weeks for one important reason: the daily rhythmic...

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Bodhi Blues: A Year in India

It is 4:30 am and there is a lone monk chanting outside my window. I don’t bother to peek outside this time. I have seen him there early early morning after early early morning in the same position — slouching over his long, narrow rectangular text on the steps of the mani wheel hut, the...

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Bodhi Blues: A Year in India: From the Passenger Seat

Bodhi Blues rickshaw ride There are so many ways to get from place to place. In India, travel is the single most exhausting proposition imaginable sometimes, and yet since we really must see everything, what can we do except get in a rickshaw, book a train ticket, and start packing all over again?

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Bodhi Blues: A Year in India: Questioning the Maitreya project: What Would the Buddha Do?

At the crossroads, an old, thick tree shades a small temple to the Mother Goddess, but Anirudhwa village bakes in the heat of the midday sun. We are surrounded on all sides by land under cultivation. It is green-green here — the bright verdant hue of crops in full bloom.

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Bodhi Blues: What would the Buddha Do? The Debate Continues…

My original article tells the story of my very personal disappointment with the Maitreya Project. Many people are shocked that a Buddhist group would spend so much money on a giant statue, but initially I was open to the idea. I believed that a group with such lofty intentions would bend over backwards to do...

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Bohdi Blues: Lhasa Enflamed: Of Riots, Earthquakes and Olympic Torches

I met N at a hostel during the summer of 2005 when I was in Lhasa for a Tibetan language program. The rooms were simple, but more comfy than any hostel or dorm I ever experienced in India. My shower didn’t work, and the food was so oily you could drown in it. But other...

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Book Review: The Road to Damascus: E. E. Whiting Talks to Elaine Rippey Imady about her life in Syria

BOOK REVIEW The Road To Damascus:E.E. Whiting Talks to Elaine Rippey Imady about her life in Syria by E. E. Whiting Road to Damascus by E. E. Whiting - book cover “…but we’ll only stay for a short while.” With these famous last words, Elaine Rippey Imady, young wife and new mother, set sail in...

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Books Without Borders

A few weeks ago, I found out that my latest book would not be carried by the Borders bookstore chain. Anywhere. At all. Worldwide. Not a single copy. Lest you think that the book did something bad to earn this treatment, the novel, Lord Tophet, is a lead title from Random House's fantasy/science fiction imprint,...

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Building Bridges: Fisherman’s Mark

Building Bridges: A conversation with Founding Executive Director of Fisherman’s Mark, BJ Petty and Director of Los Puentes, Gina Davio by Joy Stocke November 25, 2009 Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the 30th Annual  Thanksgiving Food Drive at Fisherman’s Mark (an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to serving those in need within Hunterdon County)....

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Character Day

Character Day by Emily Lucarelli Wild River Review, in its ninth year of internationally acclaimed print and online publishing, and with the “river” as a metaphor for the conduit of our creative forces and wellspring of our collective character, encourages you to participate in Character Day. On March 20, 2014, teachers, students, and people from...

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Child Abuse and the Catholic Church

THINKING OTHERWISE Child Abuse and the Catholic Church by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish Think Otherwise."  Bishop Berkely * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html   Secrets of the Confessional (For Pope Benedict XVI) Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been one week since I...

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Contest – Embers of September: “Every Family has a Story to Tell”

PRESS RELEASES Contest - Embers of September: Every Family Has a Story to Tell by Bill Alexander "Every family has stories that rattle in their bones" Wild River Books Author, Marina Gottlieb Sarles What's your family story?  An ember is a small piece of wood or coal that glows in a dying fire, a light that...

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Embers of September

ARCHIVES Contest - Embers of September: "Every Family has a Story to Tell" by Bill Alexander "Every family has stories that rattle in their bones" Wild River Books Author, Marina Gottlieb Sarles What's your family story?  An ember is a small piece of wood or coal that glows in a dying fire, a light that continues...

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EMERGE! From Village to Marketplace: Building a Sustainable World

steinberg-emerge-circle My first exposure to the developing world was in spring 2005. Since then, my fascination has only grown - exponentially. In fall of 2006, I began my freshman year at Princeton University. And during the 2007/08 school year, I deferred to take a gap year. That’s when the whirlwind began.

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Fantastic Worlds: An Interview with Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow knows the best short fiction, novellas, and poetry to be found in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

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For Armenians, Scars of Genocide Remain Visible

EDITOR’S NOTE: April, 2005, marked the 90th anniversary of what the Armenian community says is the first genocide of the 20th century. On a trip to Istanbul, I had the opportunity to learn about it from an antiques dealer in the Grand Bazaar. The article that follows first appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on April...

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From Religion to Post-Religious Spirituality, Part Three

THINKING OTHERWISE From Religion to Post-Religious Spirituality, Part Three by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude;...

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From Religion to Post-Religious Spirituality: Conclusion

THINKING OTHERWISE From Religion to Post-Religious Spirituality: Conclusion by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in 1950, the year of Aurobindo’s death In his 1933 novel, The Avatars, the Irish Theosophical mystic George William Russell (AE) prophesied that the future Avatar would not be a man like...

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From Shamanism to Religion, Part Two

THINKING OTHERWISE From Shamanism to Religion, Part Two by William Irwin Thompson  “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley When I was living in Toronto in the late sixties and early seventies, I had the good fortune to go to the University of Toronto’s Coach House where Marshall McLuhan performed for one evening a week. I...

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From the Frontlines

“Dearest Friends and Supporters and Loved Ones, I am afraid I am too exhausted to write up a diary for today... Been working so hard all day on so many things. Everything from solving the half a million refugee problem we now have to keeping my parents calm, to trying to contact international media to...

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From the Heartland: Up Close and Personal With Visionary Robert O. Carr, Founder and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems

As financial institutions struggle to redefine themselves, I find myself wondering about the qualities of a truly gifted business leader, a person who inspires trust and possesses a strong sense of vision, a leader who won’t trade personal integrity for easy profit margins. Fairness and transparency will be crucial when rebuilding the links of accountability...

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Has Barack Obama Killed Public Financing

WRR@LARGE Has Barack Obama Killed Public Financing by Joy E. Stocke Originally published July 30, 2009 We are still savoring all of the historical election firsts: First Presidential election of an African-American, first Presidential election dominated by the post-baby boomers, first Presidential election in nearly a half of a century that elected a seated member...

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Has Barack Obama Killed Public Financing?

We are still savoring all of the historical election firsts: First Presidential election of an African-American, first Presidential election dominated by the post-baby boomers, first Presidential election in nearly a half of a century that elected a seated member of Congress, and first Presidential election in which one of the major party candidates chose to...

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Home is Where the Cat Is: A Review

BOOK REVIEWS Home is Where Your Cat Is: A Review of Home with Henry: A Memoir by Anne Kaier by MaryAnn L. Miller At any moment, another car could drive over the injured cat breaking its spine. Anne Kaier actually gets out of her car and stops the rush-hour traffic, not sure if the cat...

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How Did I Get Here Again?

ESSAYS It’s Not Home Until Somebody Hates You: A “How Did I Get Here Again?” Essay by Ben Cake 1 We weren’t arguing when the phone call came. We’d argued before it, but by the time the phone began ringing, we were on the bed. She liked being on top, facing away from me. She...

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How Do We Live in a World Where Bad, Bad Things Happen, Again

WRR@LARGE How Do We Live in a World Where Bad, Bad Things Happen, Again by Tim O'Shea On a cold December morning, on a dock outside the San Francisco Ferry Building, I spent last Saturday morning in a revitalizing ritual, the Foodie Festival that is the weekly San Francisco Farmer's Market. Every week, I'm reminded...

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In the Box

I didn’t look at first. My eyes were on Vera, the widow of my friend, Jim, who had just died of a heart attack. The funeral parlor calls it a chapel, but it’s just a room with a lectern and rows of chairs split by an aisle. She was seated in the front row, flanked...

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Iran/Israel – Another Holocaust?

AIRMAIL The Long Road to the Promised Land: Iran/Israel - Another Holocaust? by Gunter David The Holocaust. Another one may be pending. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared some time ago that he would “wipe Israel off the map.” He will soon have the weapons to do so, unless the world stops him. Estimates are that...

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January 1, 2011: Reflections on the Philosophical Notions of Republicans

THINKING OTHERWISE January 1, 2011: Reflections on the Philosophical Notions of Republicans by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley   Flammarion, Woodcut, Late 19th Century Political Leanings Revealed by the Eyes It may be time to take the phrase "political viewpoint" literally. A new study suggests that liberals are more likely than...

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January 6, 2011 – Part Two: The Etherealization of Capitalism

THINKING OTHERWISE January 6, 2011 - Part Two: The Etherealization of Capital by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley Flammarion, Woodcut, Late 19th Century   Cross-cultural trade is as old as the hills. In Neolithic Chatalhoyuk in ancient Anatolia, we find cowrie shells from Jericho, and in Jericho we find obsidian from...

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Lacking Empathy Has a Domino Effect from Childhood to Adulthood

WRR BLOGS Lacking Empathy Has a Domino Effect from Childhood to Adulthood by Fran Metzman Are we losing the capacity to reach out and understand people? Is the age of electronics keeping us from listening and conversing face-to-face with others? Has instilling intense competition into child-rearing encouraged the loss for human connection and involvement in...

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Lacking Empathy’s Domino Effect

WRR BLOGS Lacking Empathy’s Domino Effect by Fran Metzman Photo Credit Ross Metzman Are we losing the capacity to reach out to people? Is the age of electronics keeping us from listening and conversing face-to-face with others? Have we lost the capacity for human connection and involvement in community? We live in a multi-cultural society and...

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Media Kit

ARCHIVES Media Kit Is the Wild River Review team available for speaking engagements? Joy Stocke (Editor-in-Chief, Wild River Review), Kim Nagy (Executive Editor, Wild River Review), William Irwin Thompson (Founder of Lindisfarne Association), Dean David Dobkin (Dean of Faculty, Princeton University)   Yes. Whether you are curious about the ways in which literature and travel...

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Murder, He Wrote: An Interview with Jeff Markowitz

Jeff Markowitz sees dead bodies everywhere he goes. Thankfully, it’s only his imagination. Jeff writes mystery novels.

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My Summer Internship with Wild River Review

WITH THE CURRENT My Summer Internship with Wild River Review by Terrence Cheromcka August 21, 2008 (2008 Summer Intern for Wild River Review and freshman at New York University) Within twenty-four hours of my stepmother’s pronunciation that she had nabbed an internship opportunity for me at the neighbor’s surprise birthday party, I was on the phone...

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Nature and Invisible Environments

THINKING OTHERWISE Nature and Invisible Environments by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish Think Otherwise."  Bishop Berkeley This weekend I rented both versions of The Day the Earth Stood Still from Netflix.  I am old enough to remember seeing the first version in the fifties when I was at Los Angeles High School in the McCarthy...

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Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th avenues, opened this summer after abandoning Manhattan in 1972. Overshadowed by its next-door neighbor Madame Tussauds, whose waxed figure of celebrity Samuel L. Jackson attracts throngs, the Odditorium’s exterior is circus-lite. And getting in the door sets you back $24.95. by Dale Cotton

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Of Culture and the Nature of Extinction

THINKING OTHERWISE Of Culture and the Nature of Extinction by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer in a Sea of Fog, 1818   As we contemplate the waves of the sea, or the picture postcard view from a mountain trail in these last two weeks of the summer...

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On Nuclear Power

THINKING OTHERWISE On Nuclear Power by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley "Nuclear power is the most frightening, even more than a tsunami. The government, the ruling party, administrators, nobody tells us, the citizens, what is really happening," Isao Araki, 63, said at an evacuation center. (Yahoo News, AP, March 15, 2011)...

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On Religion – Part One

THINKING OTHERWISE On Religion - Part One by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley Francis Bacon, After Velasquez What religion is really all about is wearing funny clothes. Whether you are a priest in a soutane, a nun in a wimple, an Amish farmer in a black suit and a horse-drawn buggy,...

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On Religion and Nationalism: Ireland, Israel and Palestine

THINKING OTHERWISE On Religion and Nationalism: Ireland, Israel and Palestine by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.”  Bishop Berkeley   I In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2011, President Obama proved again that he is a wonderful speechmaker—eloquent, uplifting, but politically deceptive. In bragging that he brought Osama...

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On Transnational Military Interventions

THINKING OTHERWISE On Transnational Military Interventions by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish Think Otherwise." Bishop Berekley   Libya, a collection of tribes, is not a nation, and neither is NATO or Al Qaeda. The politics of this century seems to be about what cultural formation will come forth to replace the nation-state.  Will empires return...

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Opinion: Is Turkey’s Future Back to the Past?

ARCHIVES Opinion: Is Turkey's Future Back to the Past? by Angie Brenner The protests that began with the public outcry against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to demolish Gezi Park in Taksim Square–one of Istanbul’s main hubs–and build a replica of an Ottoman army barracks to house a shopping mall, should not, as some people have done,...

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Part 1 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 1 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley (Editor's Note: This column is the first in a series of twelve.) * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. The ancient Chinese sages said that it...

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Part 10 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part X - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: On Conspiracy Narratives as Expressive of the Transition from the Nation: State to the Noetic Polity by William Irwin Thompson We Irish think otherwise" Bishop Berkeley Human intelligence is the product of a complex process of socialization. Beethoven, raised alone on...

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Part 11 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 11 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: Global Awareness and Personal Identity by William Irwin Thompson Torus, Harvard University Mathematics Department In December of 1972, thanks to the interest in New York for my book At the Edge of History,  I  decided to abandon my tenured professorship at...

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Part 12 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 12 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization - Conclusion: The United Nations by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html   The United Nations was formed in the...

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Part 2 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 2 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise" Bishop Berkeley The difference between the political and the cultural historian is that the latter takes the long evolutionary view. He studies complex dynamical systems at work in cultural-ecologies and does not simply keep...

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Part 3 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 3 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: The Recovery of a Cosmic Orientation by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. And there is also on the island both a magnificent...

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Part 4 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 4 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: The Global War for Drugs by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html   If artists are often about forty years ahead of...

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Part 5 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 5 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: The New Jerusalem by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html One of the spin-offs of the Council of Islamic Civilization that...

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Part 6 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 6 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: Catastrophes as the Spur to Institute Tricameral Legislature by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html Ideas of governance, like the folded geological...

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Part 7 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 7 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: Complex Dynamic Systems and Tricameral Legislatures by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html Our best model of a complex dynamical...

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Part 8 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 8 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: Israel and Palestine - Sit transit gloria mundi by William Irwin Thompson Israeli Forces aboard the Turkish Aid Ship Mavi MarmaraPhoto:Israeli Defence Force bia the Associated Press   Editor's Note: This article first appeared in November, 2009. In October, 2009, President Barack...

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Part 9 – The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization

THINKING OTHERWISE Part 9 - The Shift from an Industrial to a Planetary Civilization: On Sarah Palin and the Technocratic Society by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley   * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html Tea parties, birthers, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh,...

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Peace Talks – Testifying on Health Care

ARCHIVES OP-ED PEACE TALKS - Testifying on Health Care, A Public Option: House Sub Committee - Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC by Harriet Mayor Fulbright I would like to thank you and your colleagues for providing leadership on this most important topic namely, a health care bill with a public option. It is in...

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Peace Talks: The Fulbright Scholarships and Senator J. William Fulbright

ARCHIVES Peace Talks: The Fulbright Scholarships and Senator J. William Fulbright by Harriet Mayor Fulbright (Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of  Wednesday talks with Harriet Mayor Fulbright, President and Founder of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center.) Harriet Mayor Fulbright Photo by Ed Keating Whenever I travel, be it in Africa,...

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Phaedra Zambatha-Pagoulatou

Phaedra Zambatha-Pagoulatous, a voice from the land of Sappho. And where better to interview her than in Athens, the birthplace of the Greek spirit and the site of its latest modern renewal, the Olympics of 2004.

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Political Mediation and the Fourth of July, 2011

THINKING OTHERWISE Political Mediation and the Fourth of July, 2011: Can We Shift from Empire to Republic? by William Irwin Thompson Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empires: Destruction, 1836 Columns are take-out food for thought. So if you take away anything from this column, remember this axiom: If you live like an empire, you will...

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Post-Thanksgiving Plane Ride with a Soldier on His Way to Iraq

  Post-Thanksgiving Plane Ride with a Soldier on His Way to Iraq by Joy Stocke Thanksgiving in the Midwest. On my way from Milwaukee to Cleveland to Philadelphia. Cleveland flight: Husband and daughter in front of me. Settled into my aisle seat when a man in his mid-thirties carrying a large camouflage backpack (I’d seen...

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Public Financing of Candidates, a Faustian Bargain

nagy-dollars-circle Public financing for Presidential candidates is one of the Watergate-era reforms intended to end the corrupting influence of campaign contributions. But it offers candidates a seductive, Faustian bargain: The government will provide public money to Presidential candidates if the candidates surrender their Constitutional rights.

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Religion, Science, and the Legacy of Sir John Templeton

Sir John Templeton

When the time came to start thinking about his philanthropy, naturally, Sir John’s contrarian perspective influenced his thinking: What could he do that isn’t being addressed by other major philanthropies?

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Saint Patrick’s Day, 2010: US AND THEM: Identity and the State

THINKING OTHERWISE Saint Patrick's Day, 2010:US AND THEM: Identity and the State by William Irwin Thompson We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley US AND THEM: Identity and the State    * I am indebted to Karen at Oddity Journal for this wonderful image of the tesseract. See http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/173945.html The current crisis in Europe over the Euro is one part of a...

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Science – Gravity of Thought

ARCHIVES Science - Gravity of Thought by Rave Mehta Image by Rave' Mehta As we roam our planet in search of purpose and destination, we experience forces that influence our thoughts and actions. Most are temporary. However there is a force we experience every moment of our lives from conception to our final breath. It...

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Some Reflections on Hurricane Sandy and an Outline for a New Civilization

LINDISFARNE CAFE Thinking Otherwise: Some Reflections on Hurricane Sandy and an Outline for a New Civilization by William Irwin Thompson Thomas Cole, Desolation, 1836, New York Historical Society. The sun is out in Portland, the day is warm and gentle; gone are the terrors of the night when the Victorian wooden frame apartment house I...

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St. David’s Day 2011

THINKING OTHERWISE St. David's Day 2011: Technology and Social Change by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley Technology is not always values-neutral. From anthropologist Lauriston Sharpe’s classic essay on the impact of steel axes on stone age Australians to the medievalist historian Leslie White’s famous essay on the impact of the stirrup...

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Taj: The Woman and the Wonder

Taj Mahal While Shakespeare was composing his sonnets and the Puritans were settling what would become the American colonies, a love affair that may have been otherwise forgotten was in full bloom in Mughal India.

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Talking about Global Healing with Political Scientist Vipin Mehta

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Humanity is at a crossroad. At this point in our history we face two paths – two possibilities. It is a simple choice. Either we choose to commit Global Suicide by continuing to fight each other with ever more powerful and poisonous weapons, or we can turn toward a path of Global Healing.

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Technical Hubris

THINKING OTHERWISE Technical Hubris: and the Sinkhole of Obama's Centrism by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise"  Bishop Berkeley Tower of Babel, Bruegel When a technological enthusiast recently called for an undersea nuclear blast to seal the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, I recalled another time some forty years ago, when...

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Television and Social Class

THINKING OTHERWISE Television and Social Class by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley It is a journalistic truism to note that we live in the Age of Information. In this neo-feudalist age it is not your relation to the land but to the media that defines your social class. You are a...

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Thank God for My Day Job

When I was younger, day jobs seemed to be the devil’s work, designed to steal my soul and crush my writing dreams. But no matter how hard I squirmed, the need for a paycheck wouldn’t go away and eventually I gave in.

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Thank God for My Day Job: Is Writing Really Like Sex?

waxler-es_legs-circleI was listening to an audio book by the writing instructor, Natalie Goldberg in which she playfully explored the possibility that her instructions for free writing would also apply to sex. “Keep your hand moving. Lose control.” Her metaphor started me thinking.

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Thanksgiving Day, 2010

THINKING OTHERWISE Thanksgiving Day, 2010: The Uses and Abuses of History by William Irwin Thompson  “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley  It is an old saw that you can prove anything by quoting scripture. The same can be said for drawing historical analogies that both illuminate and blind us to the uniqueness of the time...

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The Big Picture, Part II

LINDISFARNE CAFE Thinking Otherwise: The Big Picture, II by William Irwin Thompson Our Local Universe. Credit:2MASS, T. H. Jarrett, J. Carpenter, & R. Hurt Some years ago I took part in two conferences on religion and science with the Dalai Lama. The first took place at Alpbach, Austria in 1983, and the second at Union Theological Seminary...

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The Big Picture: Reflections on Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

LINDISFARNE CAFE Thinking Otherwise - The Big Picture: Reflections on Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines by William Irwin Thompson Organisms adapt to environments through immediate catastrophes and not to abstract information about possible future environments. Cyanobacteria, who obtain their energy through photosynthesis, did not stop excreting oxygen to maintain themselves in their niche or comfort...

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The David vs. Goliath Struggle of an Independent Bookstore Owner

An interview with Larry Robin of Robin's Bookstore. Larry Robin sat in his large, borderline-chaotic office, chatting with book salespeople. This was the day for seeing book reps. This burly, white-bearded man concluded his discussion with a friendly smile and sent them on their way. He stepped out of his office, glanced at the browsers...

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The Digital Economy of W. Brian Arthur

THINKING OTHERWISE The Digital Economy of W. Brian Arthur by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.”  Bishop Berkeley In 1850, a decade before the Civil War, the United States’ economy was small—it wasn’t much bigger than Italy’s. Forty years later, it was the largest economy in the world. What happened in-between was the railroads....

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The Elections of 2010

THINKING OTHERWISE The Elections of 2010 by William Irwin Thompson "We Irish think otherwise." Bishop Berkley   Dying Star - Hubble Image In this election we have a choice between Democratic timidity and lobbyist venality and Republican delusional psychosis. So, as a senior citizen, of course I will vote Democratic and have already sent in...

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The Great Butter Caper of Chartres

cunniffe-buttercaper-circle Visions of French food danced through my mind, prompted no doubt by my growling stomach, as the train pulled into Chartres.We were stopping there to rendezvous with the other half of our six-person traveling party and to move our body clocks ahead by six hours.

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The Long Road to the Promised Land

WRR BLOGS The Long Road to the Promised Land by Gunter David September 07, 2006 Some time ago a reader asked me to describe how it was to grow up in Tel Aviv. I recently celebrated my 77th birthday. Considering that I only spent 13 years of my life in what was to become Israel,...

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The Long Road to the Promised Land: Quo Vadis, Israel

AIRMAIL The Long Road to the Promised Land: Quo Vadis, Israel by Gunter David “Hatikva.”  “The Hope.”   Israel’s national anthem. It was sung across the world in celebrations of the Jewish homeland’s 62nd   Independence Day  in May. “So long as there is deep in the heart A Jewish soul, And to the East The eye...

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The Long Road to the Promised Land: To Plant a Tree

AIRMAIL The Long Road to the Promised Land: To Plant a Tree by Gunter David It was a hot summer in 1969, as hot as summers usually are in Israel. It was the year our eldest, our son Peter, would turn 13 and become a man, according to Jewish tradition. He would be Bar Mitzvah,...

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The Winemaker of Hunterdon County

Vineyards of Hunterdon County

The notion of tending a vineyard and making wine evokes deep emotions, ranging from an idyllic fantasy to memories of immigrant grandparents crushing grapes just as they learned from their own grandparents. Winemaking is part of our cultural identity and humanity, even if we've never made wine ourselves. Because wine is life.

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The Wonder of the Taj Mahal as Seen by Author Sandra Wilson

The shrine to 17th century Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s deceased wife Mumtaz (nicknamed “Taj”) is one of the most magnificent structures in history, and the epitome of Muslim architecture. In an age where India and Iran (the Persian contribution to the Taj Mahal was significant, as the Mughals claimed “Mongol” descent, but took many cultural...

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Thoughts on My New Kindle App

THINKING OTHERWISE Thoughts on My new Kindle App: on My Mac iPad by William Irwin Thompson “We Irish think otherwise.” Bishop Berkeley Steve Jobs unveils the ipad Electricity was first thought of as a commodity before it became understood as a utility, just as oil was thought by rural Texas and Oklahoma wildcatters to be...

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Thrill Ride: The Dark World of Mysteries and Thrillers – Lawrence Block and Steve Hamilton

thrillers-circle Including Interviews with Bestselling Authors Lawrence Block & Steve Hamilton<

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Thrill-Ride: The Dark World of Mysteries and Thrillers – An Interview with Barry Eisler

It may seem only natural that a person working in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations would find a new career writing thrillers whose protagonist is an assassin. But not all writers possess the ability to finesse their work with the flair and talent of Barry Eisler. by Jonathan Maberry and Janice...

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Thrill-Ride: The Dark World of Mysteries and Thrillers – An Interview with David Housewright

David HousewrightWith part of his last name a homophone of write, how could David Housewright be destined to do anything else? After writing a short book and a play in the sixth grade, Housewright never looked back.

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Thrill-Ride: The Dark World of Mysteries and Thrillers: An Interview with Bill Kent

Bill KentPhiladelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, home to the Liberty Bell, birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and the setting for Bill Kent’s novels.

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Thursdays with Nobody

New York is a glamorous city, constituted mostly of nobodies. They crave the lights, and if they tell you differently, they’re lying. Only dreamers come to New York. As a matter of course, few people have control of their lives. You live at the whim of your boss, your landlord, your grocer, the stranger, the...

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Turkey – Of Protests and Fruit

OPINION Turkey - Of Protests and Fruit: A Report & Updates from Istanbul by Joy E. Stocke “They say I am the prime minister of only 50 percent. It’s not true. We have served the whole of the 76 million from the east to the west…” Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Editor's Note - This...

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Turkish Authors Face Controversy

Elif ShafakTurkish author Elif Shafak figuratively dodged a political bullet last month when she was cleared of the charges brought against her under Turkey’s Article 301, a controversial article of the Turkish penal code that makes it a crime to insult “Turkishness”.

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Up the Creek: The Divine Road to Istanbul

WILD COVERAGE Up the Creek: The Divine Road to Istanbul by Joy E. Stocke Anatolia: From the Greek word meaning East-the land of the rising sun. Today Anatolia refers to the country called Turkey whose borders stretch from the Balkans to Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Saturday Afternoon Crowd - Between Spice Bazaar and...

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Up the Creek: What Price Choice?

Recently, at brunch with my mother, I mentioned that in addition to her and my father, my German immigrant, factory-working grandfather had been highly influential in my pursuit of a journalism degree and a literary career path. While playing Chinese Checkers or Crazy Eights (both of which he let me win) Grandpa Erich would say, “You...

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View Along the Road

WORLD - MIDDLE EAST - ESSAY The View Along the Road by E. E. Whiting Elaine Rippey Imady's Street in Damascus Experience is the best teacher and, for me, Syria has become an extraordinary classroom. On a return trip in October to meet with Elaine Imady, author of The Road to Damascus, I had the...

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View from Dubai: Flight To Dubai

It all started out with a surprise phone call. There I was in India, living happily with my family. We were all ready to move into a brand new apartment. The last thing I expected was a call from a headhunter who proposed an all expenses-paid trip to Dubai with no strings attached. by Vibhas...

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View from Dubai: Of Writers and Underwriters

Last month, while the world talked bailouts, our local newspapers were full of a literary event, the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature (EAIFL) in partnership with International PEN, the first of its kind to be held in this corner of the world.

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What Exactly is a Laptop Orchestra, Anyway? And who is Perry Cook?

WRR@LARGE What Exactly is a Laptop Orchestra, Anyway? And who is Perry Cook? by Joy E. Stocke February 11, 2009 I met Perry Cook nearly three years ago in a temporary sculpture garden called Quark Park near the Princeton University Campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Wild River Review’s Executive Editor, Kim Nagy, had brought me...

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Why Suicide Awareness Matters – The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund

The Jordan Sprague Life Shines Fund will donate the proceeds of the Gala to the organization’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, support groups for those affected by suicide, and education programs on suicide prevention for teachers and school officials.

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Wikileaks

ARCHIVES: PEN WORLD VOICES Wikileaks: Is Raw, Unfiltered Data Useful? by Michael Shareshian As part of the 7th annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, The Cooper Union in New York City hosted a panel discussion featuring opinions and perspectives regarding one of the most complex and important issues facing our global society: Wikileaks. Is raw, unfiltered...

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Writing Beyond the Paradigm

Writing Beyond the Paradigm Now accepting registration for classes beginning January 24 to March 7, 2011! Directed by professional editors and writers Fran Metzman and Elizabeth Bako, WBP provides a space to engage in a new learning experience focusing on the latest techniques and trends in writing and publishing. Each session includes a writing critique...

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WRR@LARGE Archive 2007

Archive of articles first published in Wild River Review's WRR@LARGE in 2007.

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WRR@LARGE Archive 2008

Archive of articles first published in Wild River Review's WRR@LARGE in 2008.

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WRR@LARGE Archive 2009

Archive of articles first published in Wild River Review's WRR@LARGE in 2009.

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WRR@LARGE Archive 2010

Archive of articles first published in Wild River Review's WRR@Large in 2010.

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In an Hour

Outside Richard’s second-story window, the crab apple trees’ stiff limbs lurched about like waving lunatics about to board a bus back to their asylum.

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