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Into the Woods

Nathaniel Hawthorne added the "W" to his name because of shame. His family was among the first Puritan settlers of Massachusetts, and one of his ancestors, John Hathorne, was a judge in the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. In his fiction, he strove to keep "the inmost Me behind the veil," yet like all writers he couldn't… Continue reading Into the Woods

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A (Haunted) Mind

There's nothing like studying something to dispel its mystery. You examine it, finding that you can explain away almost all of the inconsistencies and irrationality. The thing becomes known and familiar, less strange as you begin to associate it with other known things. Like an object sprung from orbit, the pull of mystery exerts less force each… Continue reading A (Haunted) Mind