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Yacu-mama

[mother of waters]. A fabulous sea-snake, fifty paces long and twelve yards in girth, said to lurk in the lagunes of South America, and in the river Amazon. This monster draws into its mout…

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton

Willie Mae Thornton toured the south as a blues singer in the 1940s, earning the nickname 'Big Mama' both for her powerful voice and her ample girth. She wrote and sang blues songs, played the harmoni…

Literary Allusions

Boswell: James Boswell (1740–95) is best known for his 1791 book The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., considered by many to be the greatest English-language biography ever written. His nam…

The Whole Nine Yards

Director:Jonathan LynnWriter:Mitchell KapnerWarner Bros.; R; 100 minutesRelease:2/00Cast:Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette It's a dog-eat-dog world in The Whole Nine Yards, a comed…

Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

by Robert Burns The Tear-DropFor The Sake O' Somebody My heart is sair—I dare na tell, My heart is sair for Somebody; I could wake a winter night For the sake o' Somebo…

Amy Lowell: VI

VICrystal-blue brightness over the glass-houses. Crystal-blue streaks and ripples over the lake. A macaw on a gilded perch screams; they have forgotten to take out his dinner. The windows s…

The Celtic Twilight

by W. B. Yeats Dreams That Have No MoralInto the TwilightBy the Roadside Last night I went to a wide place on the Kiltartan road to listen to some Irish songs. While I waited for the singe…

Preserving Civil Liberties

by Eleanor Roosevelt Address To The members of the American Civil Liberties Union Ladies and Gentlemen: I am glad you gave an award to the press tonight, because that gave them the op…