Oct/Nov 2001

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Mate, a story in 42 moves

An attempt to win the match with this boldly assuaging move. Its obviousness is what makes it so sly. Yet this move has been tried in previous matches (including Pillsbury-Fremont, which lasted 89 moves before Bill's father resigned after getting the son he wanted on the fifth try) and never carried the man to victory.

Robert Castle


Emily Dickinson: Pagan Sphinx

Dickinson's enigmatic nature shrouds her evolution from Christian manqué to pagan. She had histrionic propensities that obscure the line between her true beliefs and those she feigned.

Gary Sloan


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