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Unscrambling Strings of Letters: The Beautiful Mind of Nigel Richards

Annually since 1998, a uniquely talented group of people from around the country gather in New York City for the USA Memory Championship. The event consists of four qualifying tests of memorization: Names and Faces, in which each competitor...Show More Summary

What if it's not About Atticus?

In spite of early luke-warm reviews, Harper Lee's "new" novel, Go Set a Watchman still managed to sell over 1.1 million copies in its first week. In so doing, it became the fastest selling book in HarperCollins' history. Harper Lee,Show More Summary

How to Write Memoir

Many of us reach a time in our lives when we think about writing down our life story -- our memoir. Whether it's something that you simply want to leave for your children or grandchildren to read, or whether you went through something...Show More Summary

John Amen Talks Poetry vs. Prose

John Amen is the author of five collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer, More of Me Disappears, At the Threshold of Alchemy, The New Arcana (with Daniel Y. Harris), and, most recently, strange theater (New York Quarterly Books). Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: The End of Marriage as We Know It

All good things must come to an end; so too with marriage. And it ain't cheap people. As Robin Williams once noted, "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: The End of Marriage as We Know It

All good things must come to an end; so too with marriage. And it ain't cheap people. As Robin Williams once noted, "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.' It's ripping your heart out through your wallet. Show More Summary

Authors Beware of Publicity Scams

Every writer is aware that the job doesn't end with just writing a book. There's a heck of a lot more that needs to get done; editing that seems endless with back and forth correspondence with your editor, cover approval, layout approval, and printing. Show More Summary

9 Titles Every Book Club Should Read

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Reading The Ambassador: The Moral Costs of Power

The 2009 movie Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino tapped into the emotionally evocative power of revenge fantasy. The movie was a smash hit not only because the children and grandchildren of survivors of the Nazi death camps could relate to it, but because Hitler in the minds of many represents the paragon of evil. Show More Summary

Go Set A Watchman: A Lesson on Inclusion in the Literary Industry

Whether or not the beloved fictional character Atticus Finch's stellar reputation in To Kill a Mockingbird has been irreparably deflated from civil rights advocate and upstander extraordinaire to the racist-rhetoric ranting, card-carrying member of the Klu Klux Klan in Go Set a Watchman will continue to be debated. Show More Summary

Am I Losing My Devotion to Reading?

I have been, until recent years, a voracious reader. This is attributable to my mother who read to me from a very early age. Later, comic books, but mostly I was interested in storytelling as imagination--fiction. By the sixth grade I had penned a fifty-page story in longhand about DC's Justice League super heroes. Show More Summary

We Will Never Leave Earth

We will never leave Earth. Battlestar Galactica is a lie. Star Trek is a lie. Alien is a lie. We will never leave Earth. We will never leave Earth because we will spend the time we have left and the one chance we have to leave EarthShow More Summary

Holding On to That Shared Life

I am in an airplane, praying. No, it's not turbulence, it's thankfulness. My husband and I are jetting away to take a cruise to Alaska and I think of my 3 children down below as profound North American continent markers -- one in Boston, one in Chicago, one in Palos Verdes, CA. Show More Summary

'Summertime Is For Nora Ephron'

On July 21, 1989, 26 years ago today, Nora Ephron brought us "When Harry Met Sally" and everyone spilled out of the theater, electrified. Nora had just created the first modern romantic comedy that had us talking about the most famous...Show More Summary

'Speaking in Bones,' A Conversation with Kathy Reichs

Photo: Marue-Reine Mattera Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She's the author of the bestselling series featuring Temperance Brennan, who is also a forensic anthropologist. Show More Summary

'Speaking in Bones,' A Conversation with Kathy Reichs

Photo: Marue-Reine Mattera Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She's the author of the bestselling series featuring Temperance Brennan, who is also a forensic anthropologist. Show More Summary

Jordan Harper's 'Love and Other Wounds' Revitalizes the Modern Short Story

"John ran through the high desert, away from his grave," and so begins Jordan Harper's debut collection of short stories released by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. An opening sentence that evokes memories of the first line from Gabriel...Show More Summary

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

I just finished reading Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman and I am impressed at the timing of the release of this book. It begs me to wonder why the family chose to release this book NOW, when our country is in such a state of civil unrest. Show More Summary

Ultimately It's About Good Books By Good Writers. Meet Author Mark Barry

Writing is a an enigmatic art form, an alchemy of skill and talent that renders simple words into compelling prose, plot lines that take your breath away; jump-off-the-page dialogue, and characters we'd follow around any corner or shy from in the dark. Show More Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Every two years, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society meets somewhere around the world, in a place that mattered to Fitzgerald and figured in his life or writings. The first time I attended such a conference, I was a grad student at Princeton University, and it was the Fitzgerald Centenary conference, held on campus in 1996. Show More Summary

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