Dreams As Memories And Endowments

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I was recently corresponding with a reader on the topic of finding inspiration for creative activity.  The conversation veered into the subject of dreams.  In what way, we wondered, do dreams inspire or retard development of the creative impulse?  And what is the source of dreams?  The subject is one of general interest, and seems to come up over and over again.

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Ambrose Bierce: An Influential And Underappreciated Writer

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Before Stephen King, H.L. Mencken, and H.P. Lovecraft, there was Ambrose Bierce.  He was without doubt one of the strangest figures in American literary history.  His work straddled several genres, including supernatural fiction, journalism, and literary criticism; and much of his output foreshadowed the trends in fiction and journalism of our own time.

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