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My Writers: Sarah Vowell

“My ideal picture of citizenship will always be an argument, not a sing-along.” “Voice” is a word that’s used commonly to describe writers, at least good ones. It’s usually meant to describe something that’s found strictly on the page: point

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My Writers: William Shakespeare

I’m not so arrogant as to believe that I’ve got something profoundly novel to contribute to the vast ongoing discussion about the most important writer in the history of the English language. I can only do what the title of

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My Writers: Bill Watterson

I operate under the belief that I saw the very first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip when it appeared in the newspaper. I have a vague memory of being in one of my high school classrooms, a social studies course

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My Writers: Roger Angell

I was in a creative writing class in college when one of my fellow students asked the professor if it was acceptable for him to write his stories about sports. When the professor was reluctant to agree, my classmate added

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My Writers: John Updike

Sometimes I don’t feel worthy as a reader, as if I haven’t earned the right to turn the pages. That’s admittedly entirely at odds with the impact that any writer would ever hope to have, making me feel guilty for

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My Writers: Steve Martin

I owned two copies of Cruel Shoes when I was nine years old. It was the late nineteen-seventies and Steve Martin was approaching the peak of his significant, practically unprecedented stardom as a stand-up comic. Absolutely everyone within my pint-sized

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My Writers: Simon Callow

When I first saw Simon Callow’s biography on Orson Welles on the Borders new releases shelf, I was skeptical about my need to read it. At the time, I’d recently completed Frank Brady’s Citizen Welles. While I have a deep,

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