5CT December 2014

5 Cool Things for 12.14. A documentary film about silence. Two new online homes for storytelling. Modern Creole jazz. A long, riveting chat between two giants of American literature. “In love there are two things, bodies and words.” – Joyce Carol Oates. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, all. 5CT is best shared with friends.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman

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5CT November 2014

Escape from Microsoft Word

Escape from Microsoft Word

In this season of thanks, dear readers, I send you mine. This issue — a big heart tackles big injustices, a brilliant take down of a “church”, Greek philosophers and Microsoft Word, and I sign up for a handwritten note from Joan Didion. Plus, an amazing Seattle bookstore/cafe. Lastly, 5 cool keepsakes to revisit, and introducing The LIST. “I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing,” said Flannery O’Connor. If you like 5CT, squint one eye and share.

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5CT september 2014

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Well that was fascinating, Scotland. A great drama was made all the better by my friend, novelist-blogger-archangel-copywriter-musician and lover of independence, Jamie Jauncey. Jamie blogs over at A Few Kind Words. He’s a founder at Dark Angels Writers and is a writer of the first rank. His passionate yes dispatches and thoughtful posts are beautiful. Sign up, you’ll be better for it. This issue is packed…

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5CT September 2013

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From this most hallowed of weekends, I send my greetings. John O’Hara holds the world record for published stories in the New Yorker, and may also be a world record holder for antagonizing nearly every human who met him. I listened to the Stupid Orchestra and heard my daily life in song. Julia Margaret Cameron was 48 when she first dove under the dark cloth…

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5 Cool Things 4 August, 2013

Happy People ~ A Year in the Taiga

Happy People ~ A Year in the Taiga

Lovely to be back with you. I’ve missed you. We open with flag ads. Then, Gerhard Steidl is an art book lover like no other. Happy People do exist and they live in Siberia. Imagine what a hut and a curious soldier and a good magazine can do together. James Fallows goes a wandering with his wife and some ideas about America and some cool mapping technology. Bonus: 12 writers write about home….

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