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William Thomas (wingedcentaur)

Joined 7 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

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So you know what you're getting, I write: left-wing philosophy of history; movie, book, and television reviews; short stories of the strange, sometimes macabre variety, which tend to be character studies; the odd poem; and some occasional "cultural criticism."

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        Question for the DJs, the true "mixologists," if you will, of HubPages

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        What's in a name?

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        Objectivity

        6 years ago

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        True Crime

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      • Lovers of Film Noir
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        Lovers of Film Noir

        4 years ago

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        "One-hit Wonders"

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        The internal human apparatus

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        The Art of Criticism

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        Personal Identity

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        Transcendental Lying

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      • Self Devaluation
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        Self Devaluation

        6 years ago

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        Language and Thought

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        Lying

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        Self Deception

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