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The Back Page is where the feet go up on the desk at the end of the day. It’s that good book with a mug of hot cocoa just before bed. It’s where we goof off after a hard day’s work. The Back Page is our blog.
Where we tell you about things we found that make life a little brighter.
When I first seriously considered being a writer, I was in college. I was majoring in Music, but going to a liberal arts college meant that I was also taking at least three other classes not directly related to my major.
In addition to the one Creative Writing class I was taking (finally, as a senior, […]
My attempts at being online-savvy or even very social are halfhearted at the most. But if I hadn’t been fooling around on Twitter for a half hour, I wouldn’t have started following Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), and I wouldn’t have discovered this sweet new music he linked to.
Take a listen. Enjoy!
Exciting news! Liam Davenport, one of the talented authors found in Documenting the Unseen, has published his own book! The Marching Band Emporium is available for sale on Lulu.com. The description:
Intriguing, though-provoking and occasionally dazzling, The Marching Band Emporium is a personal selection of pieces from the first year of the innovative literary blog of […]
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. –Harvey Fierstein
Found this quote posted elsewhere and thought it was awesome:
“Love, like all arts, as Oscar said, is quite useless. It is the useless things that make life worth living, and that make life dangerous, too. Wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.”
From Moab is my Washpot
This is a […]
On a quick weekend trip to Washington D.C., none of my destinations were for The Typical Tourist. Sometimes tourist things are fun, possibly necessary, but this time, I perfectly enjoyed the Eastern Market. Think open-air, indoor and outdoor, row after row of fish, meat, nuts, vegetables, fruit, art, jewelry, scarves, and vintage dishes vendors.
I could […]
Not all scenic views are of rolling valleys and ambient streams.
Castle Leuchtenburg, East Germany
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
You may have already seen this, but here it is again for your viewing pleasure.
So it has been, so it must be, with this generation of Americans…today I say to you that the challenges of this nation are real…on this day we gather because we have chosen hope over fear…The time has come to […]
I came across this blog a while ago (likely it was forwarded to me by a fellow grammarian!) and recently revisited it. Not demeaning, whiny, or overzealous, “The ‘Blog’ of ‘Unecessary’ Quotation Marks” displays contributed photos of quotation marks that have been abused. The title of the blog alone speaks for what you will find […]