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Eyrna’s English Essay on Orwell’s “1984”

Letter from Joseph Stalin to George Orwell September 1949 Dear Comrade Orwell, First, I would like to congratulate you on the impressive success of your novel, 1984. I obtained a copy of the book from one of my secret agents, … Continue reading

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Earning My Second Degree Black Belt

Part of our Second Dan promotion test is to write an essay on What Earning A Second Dan Means to Me. Here is my essay. There were a few things my Taekwondo instructor Mr. Bill Canegata told me before he … Continue reading

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Sometimes We Can’t Help Them – But Sometimes We Can

Kevin and I, good parents that we are, went on the 8th grade class trip to Six Flags amusement park. There is a girl in the class who hates my daughter. HATES her. This girl told Eyrna she’d stab her … Continue reading

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Eyrna’s 8th Grade English Memoir Essay

THEY DO SERVE BEER IN HELL By Eyrna Heisler There is yelling and screaming and fighting upstairs, but that’s a given. I’m seven, in my mother’s old bedroom from when she was a teenager. I can hear my grandmother screaming … Continue reading

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My Father, James Jones, and Censorship

In 1950, when my father realized that Scribner was going to cut a great many sexual references along with four-letter words from the manuscript of From Here to Eternity, he grew calm and focused and reasonable–that is, reasonable for a … Continue reading

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We Want to Do His Work Justice

This is the table in the house our parents rented in Skiathos, Greece, where our dad told us the story of THE ILIAD for the first time. He explained, to our great surprise, that Achilles was gay and Patrocles was … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Look Into My Parents’ Lives

Yesterday I was sent a link to a YouTube video of a reading I did last summer at Southampton College Writers Conference. Up in the right hand corner of the screen was a link to a documentary on my father … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

As I was walking back from our writers’ Virtuous Circle lunch at the Algonquin, I happened upon the Veterans Day parade. I took a photo of these young men, so young, really, as they marched by and I felt tears … Continue reading

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Raising Her: A Walk in the Park

It’s sunset and Kevin and I take the dogs for a walk in Karl Schurz Park while Eyrna is at her martial arts class. This is my favorite time of day, twilight, and a huge amber harvest moon floats above … Continue reading

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The 2010 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Winner

This morning, I got to make the phone call to the winner of the $10,000 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Every time we enlist a new judge, we give that person the privilege of making the call. I didn’t judge … Continue reading

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