Happy (belated) Birthday, Hermann Hesse!

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“The little fellow has a life in him, an unbelievable strength, a powerful will, and, for his four years of age, a truly astonishing mind. How can he express all that? It truly gnaws at my life, this internal fighting against his tyrannical temperament, his passionate turbulence … God must shape this proud spirit, then […]

The Bluebottle Boys, Chapter 13, Part 3 — Birmingham, 26 March 1962: “Showdown at the Cemetery” [Section 3 of 5]

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We were finishing the last bit when our adversaries descended the now shadowy stairs. Doofus and Silla, like us, were still in uniforms and overcoats, yet somehow resembled a malicious, pint-sized, nawse version of Ski Party’s Frankie and Annette, with Quentin, as a combination of King Kong, the Abominable Snowman and the Creature from the […]