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Welcome to PenHead.org, an oasis of uninformed analysis in a desert of educated guesswork. What is a penhead? Do you fancy yourself a writer? Enjoy a good read? Then you may already be a penhead yourself!

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The turn of the last century saw an explosion in the arts. In Europe, the Cubist movement was steam-rolling ahead, smack dab into the middle of the Expressionists who in turn were feeling elbowed by Impressionists, with nascent Abstract, Dada and Existentialist movements chomping at their heels. Alongside art, literature too was being turned on its head. Writers were getting jiggy with poetry, replacing romantic pulp with stark realism. The world, connected by industry as it'd never been before, was having a palpable influence on artists everywhere - whether they set to creating through pen, brush or performance - and their work reflected it. It was a time that purposely sought to up-end convention, and for the bold, one of possible reward.

Renowned for novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, essays, and even a play, William Faulkner's a Nobel Prize laureate, Pulitzer Prize recipient (twice), and has three titles on the Modern Library's list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th-century. Impressive, for sure. Unfortunately, Mosquitoes is not . . . more >

By all accounts, Gertrude Stein was a force of nature. Born in 1874, she was fiercely American, reflected in her approach to life. Her America was the oldest country in the world. Having been first to enter the twentieth century with industrialization in the 1880's, made it so. As such, it was America's - and Gertrude's - birthright to press the concept of America on the rest of the world.

An American in Paris
The youngest child of successful German immigrants, Stein felt a sense of entitlement early on in life. She was barely a year old when her father dissolved his business partnership in Baltimore and moved the family to Vienna. By all accounts, the Stein children lived a life of privilege in Austria, with a full staff to address their every whim. On this time she reflects, "One should always be the youngest member of the family. It saves you a lot of bother, everybody takes care of you." This philosophy would serve her well throughout her life, eventually saving her skin in Nazi-occupied France . . . more >

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