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Notes on How I Became a Writer and Publisher

Notes on How I Became a Writer and Publisher

by Emmanuel Paige I was born on February 18, 1970 in Aberdeen, Washington and I am a writer of fiction and non-fiction. I spent my formative years in a Sawyeresque fashion, fishing and catching frogs on the muddy banks of the Hoquiam river, skateboarding in the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery because the pavement there was…

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Religion in the Media Harry Potter and a Catholic School Controversy

Religion in the Media Harry Potter and a Catholic School Controversy

by Emmanuel Paige LINK: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/03/us/harry-potter-catholic-church-st-edward-nashville-trnd/index.html SUMMARY: The St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, is boycotting the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling because they claim there is really magic in the spells. The Catholic Church has always taken magic, spells, demonic possession, and exorcism seriously. A shining example is portrayed in the book…

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Structuralism Theory and Ethnic Studies Applied

Structuralism Theory and Ethnic Studies Applied

by Emmanuel Paige Title of chosen passage:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) Structuralism was chosen to analyze Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë because it is well suited to examine the literary and fictional elements within the Gothic fiction structure. “A major contribution to the study of structure in literature was made by the intellectual…

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Literary Form and Madness in The Turn of The Screw by Henry James

Literary Form and Madness in The Turn of The Screw by Henry James

Analysis by Emmanuel Paige Literary theory allows for the analysis and review of works through different lenses that take into account aspects of structure, form, culture, race, sex, gender, ethnicity, and language used to convey the human condition in literature. Criticism of literature has been around since ancient times and philosophers like Aristotle have provided…

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Analysis of Marie De France’s “Lanval” via Queer Literary Theory

Analysis of Marie De France’s “Lanval” via Queer Literary Theory

“Lanval” by Marie De France has obvious themes of homosexuality present in the tale. The queer theory lense might analyze this entire tale to be one of how Lanval, a chivalrous knight, might indeed be gay, or at least bisexual; his lover, the fairest maiden of them all, could be a transgender or androgynous male…

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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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The Short Story Opening Paragraph

The Short Story Opening Paragraph

The paragraph is one of the most important primary building blocks, next to the word and a sentence, in written language that is used to provide unity and form a distinct section in a written work beginning on a new line and containing a single topic, theme, or idea. In its simplest form it can…

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