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Todd Van Buskirk. Artist.
A Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered at Saint Gemma Galgani Oratory ‪beginning Nov. 1‬ (please see page 134 in this Bulletin for the dates). An enrollment form for your intentions is printed on page 201 which can be Torn (or Cut)... By Todd Van Buskirk
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At the end of today’s General Audience, April 12, 2017, Pope Francis paid homage to the figure of this Saint of Lucca, whom the Church remembered yesterday. Born on March 12, 1878 at Bogonuovo... More > di Camigliano, she was a mystic, having had visions of her Guardian Angel, of the Venerable Passionist Gabriele dell’Addolorata (now a Saint), and of Jesus Himself. Sick, she was given the grace to share Christ’s suffering.< Less
There are unnecessary page numbers (on pages that are necessary) within the front matter, i.e., Roman numerals on (Page) i, ii, iii, iv, v and vi. There is another on (page) xii. After (page) xii there are more starting on page 1 and 2. Page numbers... By Todd Van Buskirk
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“Study of a Nude” was completed between the years 2005-2007, the duration of Moore’s affair with Paul Whitten. This Critical Edition of “Study of a Nude” is the first... More > fully collected text to be published since the novel first appeared in print as an unpublished printed manuscript in May of 2006. “Backgrounds and Contexts” includes a selection of Moore’s school assignments to provide a window into her life before and during the writing of her novel. Moore’s previously unpublished poem “tudy of a ude” is the work that started the novel and is included here. Also included is a previously unpublished interview with Paul Whitten that goes into detail about his life and career as of 2002. “Criticism” offers a wide range of commentary that center on the novel’s major themes of morality, allegory, and self-alienation. Commentaries on Whitten’s art and life are included as well as Moore’s use of narrative, fanfiction and footnotes as literary devices.< Less
The final leaf (or page) must be completely blank. No page numbers, headers, footers, lines - no if's, and's or but's. There is a leaf (with no page number) behind the author's bio on page 438 with the following leaf (or next page with no page number)... By Todd Van Buskirk
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Among the 40ish plays written entirely or almost entirely by Shakespeare, there is a tantalising puzzle: a manuscript titled ‘The Booke of Sir Thomas Moore’ (booke in this context meaning... More > ‘play script’). Now kept in the vaults of the British Library, the document is a play script from the late 16th century or early 17th, in draft form and dense with revisions and changes. Its main author seems to be the now little-known poet and playwright Anthony Munday (c. 1560–1633), but the text also appears to contain the handwriting of four fellow dramatists including a shadowy figure known initially as ‘Hand D’. In 1871, scholars proposed an identity for Hand D – William Shakespeare. If they are correct, the manuscript of Sir Thomas More contains something incalculably precious: the only example of Shakespeare’s handwriting in a literary manuscript.< Less
Triple question marks are attached to the conclusion of 23 sentences; each sentence is printed on its own page starting on p.161 (a novel) By Todd Van Buskirk
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Below are examples of a sentence the reader will read in this novel: Do you remember what was going through your head when you first saw me??? Do you remember any of the songs you used to sing to... More > me??? How can you misinterpret someone's body language??? Where did you grow up???< Less
As you can read on page 17, "FOR PULLING DOWN OF PAPERS SET UP FOR THE ESCHEWING OF THE PLAGUE,” and on page 126 "FOR CONVEYING A WOMAN BY WATER AGAINST HER WILL", and page 251, "FOR... By Todd Van Buskirk
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"Think" is a song performed by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released as single in 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The song, a feminist anthem, reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot... More > 100, becoming Franklin's seventh top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached number 1 on the magazine's Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles, becoming her sixth single to top the chart. The song was written by Aretha and then husband Ted White. Franklin lip-synched to a new, longer version of the song in a musical sequence of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. This version appears on the film soundtrack album, and in addition to Franklin's singing features backup vocals from Franklin's sisters, Carolyn and Erma, and a recurring sax riff performed by Blues Brothers saxophonist Lou Marini. Because Franklin was not used to lip-syncing, this sequence required a number of takes and considerable editing.< Less
Laura’s name is not seen on page 224. [fanfiction] By Todd Van Buskirk
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“Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They... More > don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.” —Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011< Less
They insert a (digitally painted) image of an (untitled) ‘abstract expressionist’ painting onto page 17 (out of 32 un-numbered pages including the Title page)... By Todd Van Buskirk
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A Duchamp readymade, a Picasso still life, a Jasper Johns flag, a Judd stack — these works were all but inaccessible in a small city in Minnesota. For Todd Van Buskirk the... More > “originals” only ever existed as copies, poor reproductions in textbooks and magazines. Van Buskirk's experience with visual art are with those traditional exhibition catalogues, those weighty tomes with four-color images of the works, newly commissioned scholarly essays, a list of lenders and all the other usual components. Book-sized exhibition catalogues in the West typically have a colour photograph of every item on display. There will be a short formal catalogue description of each item, and usually interpretative text often amounting to one or more pages. The creative process in traditional and digital painting is more or less the same but when the digital artist is done there is nothing to hang on a wall. The painting is on the hard disk of a computer.< Less
Cicero and Atticus, the author and the dedicatee of Laelius de Amicitia, have always been considered an example of an ideal friendship. Is it really possible to consider a friend "as a second self" and to let him know all our thoughts? It could be... By Todd Van Buskirk
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The text utilizes the complete Laelius de Amicitia for each of the three acts. Each of the three acts are dedicated to a person. The three dedicatees are a character in the play. Each of the three... More > acts are written as a dialogue (spoken as one monologue) between prominent figures of the Middle Roman republic and is set after the death of the younger Scipio Africanus (otherwise known as Scipio Aemilianus, Scipio Africanus Minor, or Scipio the Younger) in 129 BC. The interlocutors of the dialogue chosen by Cicero are Gaius Laelius a close friend of the late statesman, and Laelius's two sons-in-law, Gaius Fannius, and Quintus Mucius Scaevola. Interestingly, Scaevola himself was mentor and teacher to Cicero, who probably heard his teacher's reminiscences about these conversations first-hand.< Less
Anna and Monica should sufficiently be acclimated for (approximately) 6 to 9 seconds on Page 11, at (precisely) 11 minutes on Page 123, for (approximately) 10 to 12 hours on Page 321, and on (precisely) the 20th day on Page 411, allowing both women to... By Todd Van Buskirk
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This is the official novelization to the film: “Anna and Monica should sufficiently be acclimated for (approximately) 6 to 9 seconds (at 1 to 8 minutes into the film), at (precisely) 11... More > minutes (at 11 to 13 minutes into the film), for (approximately) 10 to 12 hours (at 20 to 22 minutes into the film), and on (precisely) the 20th day (at 32 to 34 minutes into the film ), allowing both women to maintain performance (or respond physiologically or behaviorally) across a range of emotional conditions. Equally important, Anne and Monica should attempt to avoid acclimation for (approximately) 9 to 12 weeks (at 45 to 48 minutes into the film), at (precisely) 12 months (at 50 to 53 minutes into the film), for (approximately) 1 to 4 years (at 62 to 70 minutes into the film), and at (precisely) the 6th decade (at 62 to 70 minutes into the film), allowing both women to maintain performance (or respond physiologically or behaviorally) across a range of environmental conditions.”< Less
Turn to Page 5 (originally allocated to Luke 1:29): “Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.” Turn to Page 11 (originally allocated to Luke 1:34): “And Mary said to the angel... By Todd Van Buskirk
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Non-fiction or nonfiction is content (sometimes, in the form of a story) whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, or information... More > presented. In contrast, a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction. Nonfiction, which may be presented either objectively or subjectively, is traditionally one of the two main divisions of narratives (and, specifically, prose writing), the other traditional division being fiction, which contrasts with nonfiction by dealing in information, events, and characters expected to be partly or largely imaginary. Nonfiction's specific factual assertions and descriptions may or may not be accurate, and can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question.< Less