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The Opposite of Loneliness: Marina Keegan’s Sentiments for the Student

Posted By Emily McClemont, GD Creative Nonfiction Reader for 5.2

“Sparkl[ing] with talent, humanity, and youth.” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

In May of 2012, Marina Keegan graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. She lost her life in a car accident shortly after. Two years following Keegan’s death, a collection of her short stories and essays was published. A New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards in Nonfiction (2014) winner, The Opposite of Loneliness conveys, as Keegan’s former mentor, Harold Bloom states, Keegan’s request for the student generation “to invest their youthful pride and exuberance both in self-development and in the improvement of our tormented society.” Continue reading

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee…or Tea: Exploring Writers’ Obsessions

Posted by Cortney Linnecke, GD Fiction Reader for 3.2

What is it about coffee and tea that so tickles writers’ fancies? Is it the sharp, earthy smell of freshly roasted beans? Is it the almost poetic way steam tendrils roll off a hot cup of tea like dragon’s breath? Or perhaps it’s the way baristas etch cliché but secretly satisfying designs into marbled latte foam?

No matter the reason, it can’t be argued that writers and hot beverages go together like Shakespeare and iambic pentameter. It’s a fact, as basic and fundamental as the knowledge that Dr. Seuss enjoyed a good rhyme or the consensus that Mark Twain rocked a mean mustache. If you need proof, just look at the world around you: there’s the popularization of mom-and-pop coffee shops, the increasing preference for foreign coffees and specialty teas, and the creeping and steadily escalating price of coffee (which hit an all-time high in late 2014). And let’s not forget the gargantuan size of the menu at Starbucks, which itself is a multi-billion dollar industry funded almost entirely by sleep-deprived artists, hipsters with drink orders the length of small novels, and of course, the occasional, bumbling tourist just looking for free wifi. Continue reading

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Make ‘Em Laugh: Discussing the Craft of Humor in Writing

Posted by Courtney O’Gorman, GD Public Relations Manager and reader for 3.2 & former reader for 3.1

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Alright, I won’t bore you with that tried-and-true classic or attempt a knock-knock joke either—as I’m sure you’ve heard them too many times to count. It’s important to note how arduous a task humor can be. For stand up comedians and actors, humor appears to be a natural reflex or an innate talent that is utilized to captivate their audience. So who’s to say that writers can’t make their readers double over with hysterical laughter through the written word? Continue reading

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On Becoming a “Real” Writer

Posted by Sarah Christ, Former GD contributor for 2.2 and 2.1, & editor for 3.1 

As a college student, to me getting published was this lofty and unreachable goal, something  that only real writers could do. After all, I was still in school learning to be a writer, who would want my work?  Then I heard that Gandy Dancer was looking for work from SUNY students. Continue reading

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