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1. loving
a part of our speech
news - criticism
4.16.12 : feature column!

Loving: Noun Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933. Loving: Verb Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in a...
2. the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
news - discussion
3.7.12 : feature column!

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy. We live in a time when men are lo...
3. they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
writing - discussion
8.24.09 : feature column!

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut. ...
4. from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
writing - discussion
7.22.09 : feature column!

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can...
5. the way we read now
amazon's kindle, and the present and future of the digital book.
tech - criticism
11.30.07 : feature column!

On my nineteenth birthday, I fell in love with a book. The moment my fingers touched the supple, green leather cover, worn soft and smooth from age, I knew that I had to own it, so much so that I told my dad that he could send back whatever present he had bought for me because this was it - the only thing I wanted. The content of the book (it happened to be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas) was almost immaterial. The book itself was my object, and it remains one of my most prized possessi...
6. a masterpiece in pink
my love affair with the romance novel
writing - discussion
8.15.05 : feature column!

We here at Intrepid love cool. We love chic, we love edgy, we love new. Except me, and my dirty, dirty little secret. I love romance novels. Love them like I loved that theater student with the flowing blonde hair; like I love shiny jewelry, and chocolate mocha ice cream. At this point, you'll easily recognize this as the Bridget Jones complex, and while I don't spend my evenings alone in a flat with red wine and Jaime O'Neal on the stereo, I have been routinely parking myself in a laz-y-b...
7. a curious paradox
or, why a literature major is the last person to ask about books.
writing - discussion
3.4.05 : feature column!

Having spent almost two years in graduate school, I feel pretty competent most of the time. But there are some questions that, as a Literature major, I'm just not equipped to handle. And one of those is: "So, tell me, what should I read?" Let's get one thing straight. I am the last person you want to ask for a reading recommendation. Why? Because my idea of light reading is Jane Austen. Oh, sure, the occasional modern like Nick Hornby or Tom Robbins drifts across my radar screen, but once...
8. hollywood's motto: reduce, reuse, recycle
why remaking a movie is a privilege, not a right
film - criticism
5.21.04 : feature column!

We've all heard about The Year Of the Sequel, but I've got a new one to offer: The Year of the Remake. This year has seen, or will see, the remakes of The Manchurian Candidate, Dawn of the Dead, Walking Tall, The Punisher, and The Ladykillers, among others. Now, I've got nothing against remaking movies. Did the first version suck horribly? Then by all means, go ahead and try to improve it. Did you think the original was great, but would be better as a musical? Write some tunes and hire a chor...
9. teaching writing
it's not just abc any more
writing - process

Starting next fall, you can call me Teacher. Or Ms. Ficke, if you happen to be in my class. I'll be teaching freshman composition. Oddly enough, I've never taken a composition class. Luckily, my university offers a class specifically for new composition teachers to explain the mysteries of the science. Firstly, they'll tell you it's not a science; it's a process. Then, they'll tell you it's not so much a process as an ongoing community endeavor. Then they'll tell you that writing is the most i...
10. halfway to cincinnati
rhapsody on wheels
general - lifestyle
10.27.03 : feature column!

Sarah Ficke's short story ACT OF GOD will be featured in LET THE EVOLUTION BEGIN, the first book from Intrepid Publishing. It was a crazy idea. Especially looking out of the Burger King window, eating a 5:00pm cheeseburger and realizing that there was still more than halfway to go. My mind had equated the journey with my jaunts to and from college, but there is a difference between a 7 1/2 hour trip and a 9 hour trip: a little more stiffness in your driving leg, a little more blurriness in yo...


re: loving

Really excellent piece; well written and a great mirror to today's problems.

re: loving

I love the format of this. As I went down the page, I felt like each section was "Boom! Boom! Pow!" It read like poetry to me.

re: they can do it! and so can you.

Oneathesedays I'll start to blog.

re: from blog to book

I truly hate romance novels.

re: the way we read now

This is so, so well written. Great work.

re: the way we read now

Book lovers of the world, unite!

re: the way we read now

Incredible. Reminded me of my very first column for intrepid, only much better. Great work.

re: the way we read now

Everything about this column is superb.

re: the way we read now

This is beautiful and powerful, and I never thought I'd say that about the review of a tech device! Thanks so much for writing it.

re: a masterpiece in pink

Can't agree with you on this one.

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