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My Argument For The 20 Best Words

Thank God this website is a hobby. How on earth do sportswriters survive the summer? I’m not the first person to ask this Q but it bears repeating: HOW? I suppose a ninety thousand dollar paycheck would stimulate the creative juices, but past answering the very easy question of ‘Will Rory acquire more majors than […]

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The Huge, Negligible Problems With S.

The book-lover in me wants you to disregard the title of this piece. What Doug Dorst and J.J.  Abrams set out to do is something I’ve long been waiting for, without knowing that I’ve been waiting for it. Correspondence via marginalia. How could the idea have eluded so many? Sure, characters have bonded over an […]

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Brief Review: The Catcher in the Rye and Sestinas

I finally read The Catcher In The Rye. Now where do I put the bodies? Lost in myriad slayings, the force behind it being the pop culture phenomenon it is today, was the importance of its poetic refrain. This book is not about changing the world, with or without a sniper rifle, but rather the […]

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Mega-Book Mini-Reviews

Um, so I had some spare time while I was in China. How much spare time? Here are some reviews from my reading list last year. The Brothers Karamazov A feeling of enormous jealousy comes over me every time a friend posts “Person/Thing X is my spirit animal,” especially when it’s true. I should have […]

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Review of One Year Lived (with Free Copy Inside)

I have a few certainties in life: Everyone likes The Beatles and everyone has a friend who pretends they’re just OK.  The NBA was rigged from the very late 1990s to the early 2000s. Jordan left basketball because of gambling. Michael Jackson was innocent. Bush didn’t knock down the Towers. Our cable news will never […]

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The Problems With Present Tense

Rules for writing seem counter-intuitive, if you really think about them. The best writing seeks to live within these rules, for the sake of others actually engaging with the text, and yet prose of the highest level should feel like it is escaping its own constraints. High school teachers are perpetually employed under the dictum […]

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Use Interactive Learning Service for Cisco 640-816 Certification Exam

Want to advance your career? The Cisco Certification 640-816 Exam is crucial to your success and Interactive Learning is how you can achieve it. The Cisco 640-816: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 exam obviously follows Part 1 and is one of the exams related to the Certified Network Associate certification, and a necessary step […]

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Why Authors Kill Themselves

Before we go any further, look at this list. Look at this motherfucking list. It is not usually within O2LSports’ policy to be vulgar without merit, but are you fucking kidding me with that shit? This list doesn’t even include painters, rock stars, actors, or even attempted writer suicides. 291 entries for ‘famous writer suicides’. […]

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An Analysis of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg stands in the rare company of being an author whose name invokes a deluge of sentiments, eras, movements, and anecdotes. For Shakespeare, readers think of the king of playwrights; for Defoe, readers think of “the first novelist”; for Voltaire, Wilde, and Moliere: “satirist”; for Kerouac, Ginsberg, and the Beat poets: “revolution”. But even […]

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Brief Review: Infinite Jest

I find it entirely appropriate that Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, wrote the foreword to DFW’s monster. Not just because this book is a work of genius, but because a man who can put a title so brazen upon his memoir is akin to the audience for this book. In short, […]

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Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12) is pursuing a Screenwriting MFA at Chapman University. He has worked for Livestrong, CBS, Examiner and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: chris@o2lsports.com