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Re: “Dog stories: A supplemental open line

Everyone else has been eloquent. We understand. My condolences to you.

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Posted by mag on 01/08/2015 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Today's video and an open line

The world's political cartoonists, brothers-in-pen to the murdered staff of Charlie Hebdo, draw their homage and protest the death of their fellow journalists. Freedom of expression has to have meaning. Thousands of the admirable people of Paris immediately demonstrated in reaction and support of free expression.

http://time.com/3658535/charlie-hebdo-cart…

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Posted by mag on 01/07/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Northwest Arkansas newspapers to merge under Democrat-Gazette

Agreed, Vanessa. I can hear Don Reynolds spinning from here.

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Posted by mag on 01/05/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Poet Miller Williams dies at 84

We knew his mind was going and this death was coming – still the news brings a rush of grief leavened by happy memory. Miller was a generous teacher, affirming and giving permission to us to think of ourselves (loftily) as writers. Writing is honorable work, he taught us. Poetry is hard; fiction is a great labor. He pushed us to exercise our writing muscles. He gave each of his students' works the dignity of a reading and discussion. He found something to remark in each endeavor. He celebrated our courage and let us know our early attempts were, actually, "writing." You are doing it. This is what you do, he said.

He regarded neutrally the messy passions, personal mistakes and dramatic vitriol some poured on our pages, commenting only about whether we had rendered the experience well. He asked to us write things we wanted to write and encouraged us to write things we thought we didn't. He laughed uproariously, was naughty, flirted outrageously, transgressed boundaries of discussion that thrilled us to hear aloud. He said "fuck" in class but used it as a sturdy descriptive verb, never as the overused, too-superlative and therefore powerless adjective.

One day in class, the notion of jail arose. He asked us to raise our hands if we had ever been arrested. No one did. "Oh don't be so precious," he said. "Someday you will go to jail. Someone you know will go to prison. It is an ordinary part of life." He also added that we had permission to call him, once, and he would help to spring us. Sure, we thought. But you're wrong. He wasn't.

When he read at Clinton's inaugural I was so proud and as excited for him as I was for Clinton. He believed poetry was worthy and necessary and his appearance there proved that the Clintons also thought so. I know he loved it, standing there as Sandburg had done. He made a good poem. See us and marvel, I thought. We are from Arkansas, literary and with world-changing talents.

Get our your slim volumes, signed if you were lucky to have known him. Find some of his poems on the internet. Write one. He'd be tickled.

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Posted by mag on 01/02/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “The New Year's Eve open line; and a note on the passing of another of member of the Women's Emergency Committee

Leave it to Max to sum up the state of the state in under five minutes. Happy New Year, Mr. Editor, and thank you once again for your crushingly prodigious news-gathering and analysis. Folks, we will not see his like again. It would take at least three hard-working reporters to match his output and who knows who else can grow the encyclopedic working knowledge Max has accumulated about who-does-what, knows-what and controls-what in this state. A wonderful 2015 to you and yours, Max!

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Posted by mag on 12/31/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The Christmas open line: Fifth Ave. edition

I haven't seen the movie, but Angelina Jolie had the grace to screen the almost-finished film for Mr. Zamperini before he died. I like knowing that he saw it.

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Posted by mag on 12/25/2014 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Sony says limited theaters will show "The Interview" on Christmas Day, among them Little Rock's Riverdale 10

Starting at 10 a.m. PST, the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. The film can also be bought in HD for $14.99, according to National Public Radio.

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Posted by mag on 12/24/2014 at 1:01 PM

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