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Random Writing Quote:

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They depen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”

--Anne Lamott

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Mark Silverstein

http://www.hiohsilver.blogspot.com

Mark Silverstein grew up in Milwaukee. He blames beer, pretzels and rock and roll--particularly a Thanksgiving Day concert in 1964 by the Rolling Stones--for his skewed view of the world. His interest in writing dates back to when he discovered a well crafted story received a better grade in U.S. History than one with all the correct facts. Despite his growing love of all things Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Roth and Salinger--a short-lived college roommate claimed to be Seymour Glass incarnate--he followed his parents advice and developed a career to fall back on.  Now, after 30 years of falling back on teaching he\'s retired and moving forward as a writer. He recently  completed his first novel, Fermentation--about the next great American filmmaker being stuck in Milwaukee and how he and his friends find their way out.