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Brewer's: Widow's Piano

Inferior instruments sold as bargains; so called from the ordinary advertisement announcing that a widow lady is compelled to sell her piano, for which …

The Tango Lesson

Director/Writer: Sally PotterDirector of Photography:Robby MüllerEditor:Herve SchneidProduction Designer:Carlos ContiProducer:Christopher SheppardSony Pictures Classics; PG; 101 minutesRe…

Literary Lessons

Literary LessonsFortune suddenly smiled upon Jo, and dropped a good luck penny in her path. Not a golden penny, exactly, but I doubt if half a million would have given more real happiness the…

Walt Whitman: Stronger Lessons

Stronger LessonsHave you learn'd lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learn'd great lessons from those who reject you, and…

Lesson Four: Style and Tone

  Introduction Over the years, our editors have seen some amazing stories become dreadfully boring and some ridiculously dry topics transform into an exciting read. The culprit (o…

Lesson Six: Editing and Revising

  Introduction "If one thing could be perfect, it should be the essay." -- Admissions Officer Writing is not a one-time act. Writing is a process. Memorable writing c…

Lesson Five: Introductions and Conclusions

  Introduction Surprised to see introductions as the topic of our second-to-last lesson? Most writers find that it is nearly impossible to craft an essay by beginning with the int…

Walt Whitman: A Persian Lesson

A Persian LessonFor his o'erarching and last lesson the greybeard sufi, In the fresh scent of the morning in the open air, On the slope of a teeming Persian rose-garden, Under an ancient chest…

Lesson Two: Selecting a Topic

Exercise: Selecting a Topic In this exercise, you will find a list of Dos and Don'ts for selecting a topic, along with comments from long-time admissions officers. For each of your five to…

Lesson One: Tackling the Question

  Introduction Contrary to popular belief, all admissions officers are not old men with bowties and English accents. In fact, the first people to read your application are often peo…