Interview with Re Jane author Patricia Park

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

When novelist Patricia Park set out to write Re Jane, she wanted to re-write Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s classic. The latter’s Jane was published in Victorian 1847 and set in the Georgian era. Neither time period offered women many options other than marriage. Park’s Jane was first published in 2015, when women had a multitude of options, if not equality.

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The Saga of Clete and Juanita’s Pool, Part 4

Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer

By Dan McClenaghan

Read previous installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The remnants of the now subsurface meteorite had rendered gravity—a force considered as constant as God—inconsistent in the vicinity of Clete and Juanita Johnson’s backyard swimming pool. Big Brother knew this, and kept the area under surveillance via satellite and, sporadically, spy drones. …

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Writers Read Six-word Story Contest 2016

By popular demand, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is conducting another six-word story contest.

In the vein of the story mythically attributed to Ernest Hemingway—”For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.”—we encourage you to be succinct and entertaining, while capturing the essence of a story in six words that imply a beginning, a middle, and an end.The deadline for entries is April 20, 2016, at 12 midnight, Pacific. …

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Put Your Husband in the Kitchen

Helen Keller explains economics to men

In my childhood, even before my education had been begun, I was allowed to take part in the elaborate ritual which, in those days, marked the making of a fruitcake at Christmas time. Although I was blind, deaf, and speechless, the thrill of the occasion communicated itself to me. There were all sorts of pungent and fragrant ingredients to collect and prepare…

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My Grandson’s Feet

By Ruth Nolan

My son-in-law sent my daughter a long instant message one night, about how he had just seen a soldier’s feet blown off at the ankles in Afghanistan when the guy stepped in the wrong place at the wrong time. My son-in-law said he had seen nothing but fire, and heard only the guy’s screams, and then he had seen blood splattered everywhere in the pattern of flames. Kandahar. 2013. …

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The Remains of My Days

Fond and fading memories of a robust literary life

By Doris Grumbach

In the final years of my life, I acquired a new relative, a great-grandson named Zachary who (to my horror at this number) was 90 years younger than I. At age five, after numerous visits to the Museum of Natural History in New York, very often to the dinosaur displays, he announced that its reconstruction of the prehistoric beasts was incorrect. How could anyone know exactly how dinosaurs looked when none of their skins existed? he asked. Therefore, he concluded, “these dinosaurs are actually only an estimate.” …

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Women’s History Month 2016

Saving women’s stories from disregard

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Perhaps you’ve noticed a wave of social media posts indicating March is Women’s History Month. Well, not a wave, more akin to a ripple. I sit in my office, a rare Southern California rain overflowing the gutter to wash my glass door, and little bio blurbs of noteworthy women absent from text books pop up in my Facebook newsfeed, black and white images of intrepid activists of yore, hopeful shots of women of color in typically white male roles, feisty words of wisdom rendered cliché on t-shirts and mugs. …

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