Category Archives: Literature/books

Texas Observer Annual Short Story Contest

Also open to writers outside of Texas. It’s Story Time!   The rules for the annual Texas Observer Short Story Contest contain a clause that reads, “No restriction on genre; entries with a Texas setting or theme are encouraged.” Writers … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Son To Release His Father’s Translation of “Beowulf” ““Beowulf” was most likely written in Britain—by whom, we don’t know—in around the eighth century. (That is Tolkien’s date. Some scholars put it later.) The plot is simple and exalted. … Continue reading

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“A great soul never dies. A great soul serves everyone all the time.”

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” –Maya Angelou    

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Music and Blue-Collar Bohemianism Really good article that investigates why people in their 40’s and 50’s choose a way of life where they get by, that allows them to pursue a passion such as music rather than opt for the … Continue reading

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Larry McMurtry on the Power of the Plains, Myth, Lost Cowboys, and the Sky

  “The plains are a very powerful landscape. They’re not dramatic in the same way as the Rockies, or the California coastline, but they’re forceful.” -Larry McMurtry     Life under the omniscient, infinite West Texas sky will shape your … Continue reading

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