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An Analysis of “Pickman’s Model”

An Analysis of “Pickman’s Model”

http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/pm.aspx The short story, “Pickman’s Model,” was written in the year of 1927 and first published in the October 1927 issue of Weird Tales magazine. The short story “Pickman’s Model” by H. P. Lovecraft is a tale about a talented artist, Richard Upton Pickman, who is a painter of portraits and landscapes that draw on…

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The Effect of Superstition on Modern Culture

The Effect of Superstition on Modern Culture

By Emmanuel Paige August 2, 2020 Superstition, according to merriam-websters.com, is defined as “1a: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b: an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition. 2: a notion…

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My Favoritest New Word: “Deepfake”

My Favoritest New Word: “Deepfake”

Merriam-Websters states that they have recently added 535 new words to their www.merriam-webster.com dictionary. That is a large list and proves the English language is alive and well. I enjoy etymology, and I find myself frequently looking at entries in the Urban Dictionary with amazement. I find it fascinating how new words are just popping out of…

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The Body Farm – University of Tennessee: Forensic Anthropology Center

The Body Farm – University of Tennessee: Forensic Anthropology Center

by Emmanuel Paige (published in Macabre Cadaver magazine 2010) Would you like to donate your body to science? Not in the traditional fashion where cadavers are donated to universities to be dissected in anatomy classes by premed students, but in a more natural scientific program that involves forensic research and the study of human decomposition.…

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The Stepp Cemetery: A Dying Legend

The Stepp Cemetery: A Dying Legend

by Emmanuel Paige (Published in Macabre Cadaver magazine 2008) The Stepp Cemetery, located in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest just north of Bloomington, and south of Martinsville, Indiana is home to a famous legend about the grave of a baby named Lester, and his protective mother’s ghost: the “Lady in Black.” She is rumored to wear…

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Milestone 3: Coleridge and Ginsberg

Milestone 3: Coleridge and Ginsberg

Note: this was an assignment for Linguistics 350 and I thought I would post it as my pound of flesh for the day (warts and all). Here is the link to the Power Point presentation that accompanied this week’s work. 5-1 Discussion – Translating From One Audience to Another “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by…

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Pleonasm, Hubris, and Other Writing Atrocities

Pleonasm, Hubris, and Other Writing Atrocities

“You don’t have to understand the internal-combustion engine to drive a car, and you don’t need to know the circumstances which surrounded the making of a story to get a bit of pleasure from it. Engines interest mechanics; the creation of stories interests academics, fans, and snoops (the first and the last are almost synonymous,…

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Wicked Good

Wicked Good

“Maybe my poems aren’t that great, but I know some people who like them. Anyways, it’s the best I can do.” —Adam Sandler (“Longfellow Deeds”), Mr. Deeds I heard this quote and it struck me like a hard punch in the nose. It is from the movie Mr. Deeds and it rings with so much…

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Reflections and Ruminations on Publishing

Reflections and Ruminations on Publishing

There are two primary methods to publish a book: self-publishing or traditional. Either avenue may potentially lead to a lucrative outcome, however, each has its own prerequisites and specific requirements to achieve success. With self-publishing, there are so many different options available to format, distribute, and sell a book that the sky is virtually the…

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Self- Vs. Traditional Publishing: Pros & Cons

Self- Vs. Traditional Publishing: Pros & Cons

Self-publishing probably began with Johannes Gutenberg and his famous printing press way back in the 15th century, so it is nothing new. Following the invention of the printing press, but before the advent of personal computers and print on demand technology, many authors were successfully self-published: Marcel Proust, Laurence Sterne, Martin Luther, Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Emily…

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