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Five Star Friday's 144th Edition Is Brought to You By Don Delillo

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by romantic love, living honestly, raising good men, taking on bullying, science and atheism, the development of a new genre, the falseness of binary simplicity, a visit to a sex toy shop, feeling lucky, privacy and the internet, and Don Delillo:

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Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.
     — Don Delillo

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Happy Friday!

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#7 – Wherein I Admit I Am Not a Very Good Wife Or... Maybe I am

" from

Gregarious Peach

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To be honest, it's really only just now that I've realised (and I'm a little slow to the party I'll admit) I need somebody. And to add to that; I am learning that the greatest part of loving someone is vulnerability. There's a lot to lose loving someone like this, an awful lot to lose. But there's oh so much to gain — and this might be my greatest thankfulness, that he is mine and I am his.

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Joining Story and Wisdom: A New Genre

" from

Jen Lee

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Wherein I Alienate My Male Readership

" from

Make It Stop!

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Honesty

" from

Joe Blogs

:

We were talking about this sort of honesty, this friend and I, and I told him a story from my college days ... a story that, for no obvious reason, I have told three or four times in the last couple of weeks. It's funny what sticks with you from school. It's funny what lessons stand out of all the classes and all the lectures and all the friendships and relationships and everything else.
"Have you ever written that story?" the friend asked.
"No," I said.
"I can't believe you've never written that story," he said.
So, here is that story...

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A Quintessence of Dust

" from

Rober Ebert's Journal

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Not Having Brain Cancer Isn't The Same As Being Happy

" from

Ordinary Art

, cross-posted at

Story Bleed Magazine

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Subtle Bullying

" from

Kidneys and Eyes

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So, you will not get the chance to bully my kids again. You're on notice. I won't turn my head or let my guard down when you are near me and my family. I'll speak up if you bully one of my kids, however subtly. What you won't find me doing is backing away from this situation.
I've had my long time suspicions confirmed. I now know it. I'm on it and we're done.

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Lucky

" from

Suebob's Red Stapler

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Only Slightly Shorter Than The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, But at Least You Don’t Have to Memorize It.

" from

Flotsam

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Sex After Divorce: Which Penis? What Color?

" from

BernThis.com

:

I ended up picking the plainest vibrator I could find and then grabbing about 5 bandanas I saw sitting on a nearby shelf. When I got to the check out counter, I put the vibrator down and laid the bandanas on top of it to "hide" it from view and then stepped away and just stood there looking around like I was waiting for a bus to show up to take me back to my house in West Hollywood.

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