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‘Laughter Is Possible Laughter Is Possible’ – The Talent And Torment Of Shirley Jackson

“Here’s how not to be taken seriously as a woman writer: Use demons and ghosts and other gothic paraphernalia in your fiction. Describe yourself publicly as ‘a practicing amateur witch’ and boast about the hexes you have placed on prominent publishers. Contribute comic essays to women’s magazines about your hectic life as a housewife and […]
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Academics / Literature : The Book Bench

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Genres / Sci Fi : io9

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Ghosts and demons, or how to describe the American economy

Education / Learning : Infocult

One liberal site splashes Gothic all over the American federal budget battle. First, it's ghosts. [John Maynard] Keynes died in 1946. But his ghost hovered over America's economic debate until pretty much Monday night. Next, demons....

The Leaver: Schenkar on dinners with Shirley Jackson

Academics / Literature : Maud Newton

The WSJ runs Joan Schenkar’s insightful and very funny recollection of her paralyzing admiration for writer (and rumored witch) Shirley Jackson, the wife of her then-professor.

The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson

Academics / Literature : The Book Bench

Here’s how not to be taken seriously as a woman writer: Use demons and ghosts and other gothic paraphernalia in your fiction. Describe yourself publicly as “a practicing amateur witch” and boast about the hexes you have placed on pr...

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