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Arguably Essays By Christopher Hitchens

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"Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens" is the celebrated writer's third "greatest hits" book. And – arguably – there is no living writer more deserving of having three such volumes published in his lifetime.

If I were to compare Christopher Hitchens to one person it would undoubtedly be James Brown. Along with being a brilliant writer and polemicist, he also is the hardest working man in letters. Or maybe that...

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Let it Snow

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It's that time of the year again. The air fills my lungs and you can almost feel the return of winter. Little snowflakes populate the ground and it makes us eager. It makes us feel more alive.

We've waited for this season to come around for what seems like forever. It is a break from the sadness that fills our heart.

I like to think of snowflakes as actual living, breathing things. It's almost as if they contain more spirit...

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LiterList #1: Good Novels That Turned Into Pretty Good Films part 2

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The Book

Just like our previous novel, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was writer Hunter S. Thompson's second published book. His first book, "The Hell's Angels", was far more journalistic as it was the first detailed expose written from within the motorcycle...

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Daddy's Acting Funny

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Daddy's actin' funny 'cause it's Christmas time again;
For weeks he hasn't shaved the pure white whiskers from his chin;
His cheeks are getting rosy and his hair's turned snowy white;
And he brought home a big black pair of boots the other night.

Now Daddy has to leave, but he'll be back on Christmas Day;
For some odd reason I don't know, he always goes away
Just 'fore Santa gets to our house every Christmas Eve. Read more...

'Oklahoma!' to open Peoria Players season on Friday

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"Oklahoma!", one of the most popular musicals ever written, will open Peoria Players' 2011-12 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theatre at 4300 N. University St.

Directed by Bryan Blanks, it will be the first time the show – the first written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – has been performed on a Peoria Players stage in the 93 years the theatre has existed.

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'The Vagina Monologues' to open Corn Stock Theatre's winter season

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OMG! I can't believe they're saying that word. You know the one — vagina!

Ok, so that isn't quite the reaction one gets about that word any more, but it remains somewhat a forbidden word to many, a word some will say only in a whisper after looking around to see if anyone else is listening.

It is time, said Amy Wyckoff, that the word vagina becomes mainstream.

"As long as I've been alive there has been some kind of stigma...

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LiterList #2: Writers Who Have Made Appearances in Films

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Obviously, film adaptations of novels have been with us basically since the beginning of film-time. While it's not unusual for a great writer to have his or her work appear on screen, it is somewhat unusual for a great writer to appear on screen themselves whether it be in their film/novel or another.

In this, our second LiterList, we take a look at Writers Who Have Made Appearances In Films. Video clips with comments below. And don't...

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'Over the River and Through the Woods' opens at Peoria Players

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With a veteran cast that includes some of the area's funniest and best-known actors, such as Mike Dentino and Judy Tilley, one would think Liz Landes Reed would be excited about raising the curtain on "Over the River and Through the Woods" at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday.

Oh, she loves her cast, make no mistake about that.

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Our first LiterList: Good Novels That Turned Into Pretty Good Films

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One of the things you will find in the Literarea is lists. Yes, lists. Let's call them LiterLists. These LiterLists will cover a wide range of literary topics and generally be focused on things we like, although there may be the occasional list of things we hate. Each list will grow over time with periodic additions being made, some based on reader feedback. So if our LiterList gives you a LiterThought send us a LiterNote or make a LiterComment...

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