WRITINGS DURING A PANDEMIC

This compilation of works from the winners of the second annual Writing in 150 writing competition (2020) is an unleashing of creativity to cope with a dark time.  The winning writers demonstrate how the power of the written word is a beacon of hope for everyone. 

Excerpt from the work of Jen Pretty

     "Her hair flowed like the river I traced up the mountain.  My memory of her had grown ragged, frayed at the edges.  But an image of her, dark hair blowing in the hot summer wind as I drove my convertible through the streets of our hometown could never be erased by time and disease."

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CREATING CONNECTIONS

This compilation of works from the winners of the third annual Writing in 150 writing competition (2021) shows the resilience that creativity and fine writing can foster in our communities.  In a time where the mental health consequences of the pandemic are a concern, these courageous works show how the power of writing liberates the mind, forges connections and transcends isolation.  

Excerpt from the work of Jacquelyn Toupin:

     "A belly laugh.  It comes from the depths of the body, tightening in the stomach as if to hold in as much life-sustaining joy, for the longest amount of time."

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On the Precipice of Fascism:

The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger

 

Excerpts from the Foreword

 

           …This dissertation is interested in situating Jünger's work in a diachronic development of historical discourses – but not from an ideology criticism perspective, and certainly not in terms of seeing Jünger as a timeless and disinterested commentator on Modernism and Postmodernism.  This dissertation's focus on the ideology of form identified by Jameson is not an attempt to homogenize Jünger's work but to track its formal developments in order to come to a clear interpretation of his position in the historical stream of discourse – one free from a preconceived ideological judgement of Jünger.  Further, this dissertation does the opposite of attempting to distil Jünger's texts.  By establishing three layers of form of these texts through a close reading that follows the narrative stages of the text, the entirety of a text is considered in order to determine its mythos, its mode/Schreibweise and its genre.  Not only is the establishment of these forms significant for an interpretation of Jünger, but the changes in these forms from text to text in a diachronic progression are significant as well.  The resultant interpretation does not elevate Jünger's oeuvre to a monument but rather sees it as part of collective discourses and national (and international) meta-narratives within the horizon of history….

         …Central concerns in Howard scholarship revolve around a few major themes.  There has been a strong accent on biographical criticism linked to psychological approaches, particularly of the Freudian variety.  The themes of race and racism in Howard's work are also major components of the field.  As this dissertation demonstrates, Howard's texts represent a differentiated approach to these themes from an author living in a culture deeply affected by, and invested in, these themes.  A third major concern in Howard studies is a generic one.  With the Fantasy genre being a relatively recent literary phenomenon, there are on-going attempts to define it and map its conventions and sub-genres.  The intersection of the variety of popular genres that Howard wrote in, within the pulp paradigm he worked in, and his association, through the term Weird Fiction, with his two major contemporaries and correspondents, Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, is a rich source of generic investigation...

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TIME HAS NO HOLD ON ME

This compilation of works from the winners of the Writing in 150 writing competition is eclectic and exciting. Writers aged from 14 years old to 70 years and comes with a download of the Songs and Spoken Word piece winners.

Excerpt from the work of Isaac Poirier (14 yrs)

"The boy walked stiffly toward the sprawling palace. The gargantuan building stretched from one end of the city to the other. Adorned with hundreds of flags and banners of the different empires, the palace represented the end of the Great Wars. It was a place where everyone could come together in harmony.  This was the home of the Magician’s Guild."

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[T]his dissertation is unquestionably an original and masterful — sometimes too masterful — scholarly accomplishment, which develops its thesis methodically, richly and productively.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kurz, author of Metapher. Allegorie. Symbol and Das große Schauspiel.

Deutschland und die französische Revolution.