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  • Scott's Life In Mexico
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    Atticus Atticus, a deeply affecting novel by Ron Hansen, opens in winter on the high plains of Colorado to the tropics of Mexico, as well as from the realm of whodunit detective mystery to the larger realm of the Mystery, which has its own heartbreaking, consoling, and redemptive logic. Misunderstanding, dissolute, prodigal, wayward, wastrel, alias, and bribery are only a few words that tell the powerful story of Atticus. The case was labeled as a suicide. The body was identified as forty-year-o...
  • Old Man's Life
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    At the beginning and again at the end of 'I Never Sang for My Father,' we see a grainy snapshot of an old man and a middle-aged man, arms thrown about each other's shoulders, peering uncertainly into the camera as if they " re not quite sure what drew them out into the sunshine to pose this day. And we hear Gene Hackman's voice: 'Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship. ' This film takes that simple fact and uses it to make a poignant and ultimately tragic statement about parents a...
  • Said Mrs White
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    TWENTY GREAT AMERICAN SHORT STORIES THE MONKEY'S PAW BY W.W. JACOBS 'Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it. ' -- Anonymous Part I Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnum villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess; the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical chances, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitti...
  • Painting Of The Man's Son
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    The Son Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction, as his only child became an art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as the dealt...
  • Old Matt Alone In The Wilderness
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    Thirteen-year-old Matt is left alone in the wilderness of Maine in 1768 to protect his family's claim. He is befriended by Penobscot Indians who teach him how to survive. Adapted from Elizabeth George Speare's "The Sign of the Beaver", this powerful drama stars Keith Carradine as a pioneer who reluctantly leaves his 13-year-old son in the wilderness while he retrieves the rest of the family. It's 1768, and a colonial family is seeking a new life in the wilderness of Maine. The father must reluct...
  • Shooting Death Of A 6 Year
    394 words
    SEATTLE - Washington state Gov. Gary Locke declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, estimating the damage from a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Seattle area in the billions of dollars. NEW YORK - Stocks spiraled lower on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq market wrapping up its third-worst month ever, after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan quashed investors' hopes for an imminent interest-rate cut. NEW YORK - The lawyer for Sean 'Puffy' Combs, the rap mogul on trial for weapons possession, sa...
  • Olds Furthers The Imagery
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    Being a confessional poet, Olds is apt to morphing her personal experiences into brilliant poetry. "Rites of Passage" is no exception as she uses heavy ironic tone, and terse yet meaningful word choice to depict a mother's objective observation during her first grade son's birthday party. Resulting from Olds' unique style, one is able to look beyond the celebratory fashion of a typical first grader's birthday, and maintain the level of socio-political criticism that she displays. Olds instigates...

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