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Lit in the Keys

The writing workshops are full, of course, but the Key West Literary Seminar has added two sessions to "discuss the expanding boundaries of contemporary literature."

Rumrunner Now many of you would really rather just belly up to the bar and start ordering boat drinks than explore the myriad (excellent use of the word myriad) aspects of language and nuance, but aspiring writers with a little extra cash may feel differently. The sessions run Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 10-13 and Jan. 17-20, with presenters including new voices Junot Diaz, Nell Freudenberger, Uzodinma Iweala, Bich Minh Nguyen and Michael Thomas and established Key West presenters such as Ann Beattie, Judy Blume, Billy Collins, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Lee Smith and Edmund White.

Cost: $450 per session. You can pay for a lot of rum runners with that, but then your writing won't get any better, and that would be tragic.

Get more info by emailing mail@keywestliteraryseminar.org

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Phoebe Flowers

I enjoy your "Heathers" reference, but must comment on "myriad," because I read usage books for fun because .. well, because I have a lot of problems. Anyway, via American Heritage:

Throughout most of its history in English, myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of men. In the early 19th century it began to be used in poetry as an adjective, as in myriad men. Both uses in English are acceptable, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Myriad myriads of lives.” The poetic, adjectival use became so well entrenched generally that many people came to consider it as the only correct use. In fact, both uses in English are parallel with those of the original ancient Greek. The Greek word murias, from which myriad derives, could be used as either a noun or as an adjective, but the noun murias was used in general prose and in mathematics while the adjective murias was used only in poetry.

amy

excuse me for myriad reasons, but really isn't the point the fact that there are authentic rum runners to be had????

Connie

Now here is a poster who gets right to the heart of the matter...

I haven't had a decent rum runner in ages. Possibly because they have myriad calories.

Phoebe Flowers

A myriad of calories, really. And deliciousness.

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