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What Do You Know? -- Writer's Poke #90

For Writers:

Ann Sexton's poem "The Truth the Dead Know" suggests that perhaps the dead know something us among the living do not. It's an intriguing concept, isn't it? That someone dead and buried can "know"?

Surely the living know a few things, too. Or should. Think of all the books and websites out there that tell us the things we should know. About history, about the Bible, about cars. Hell, about septic systems. Yes, apparently everyone should know at least a few things about everything.

That certainly sounds like a lot of work to me. That's what I know.

So, pick a topic of your choice. What do you know about that topic, and what should you know? Are there things that "everyone" should know -- either about that topic, or life in general?

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." -- Bertrand Russell


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