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Is It Too Soon to Start Over?

Once upon a time I followed my then-husband's career from city to city until he dumped me. Not the profile of a brilliant career strategist, I know. But I learned so much from those mistakes I vowed to share them on the radio talk show they inspired, The Career Clinic. Show More Summary

How to Get Emotionally Fit

Do you have a pretty great life, yet frequently find yourself feeling unfulfilled, stressed out, anxious or depressed? Most of us believe we should have daily rituals to stay physically healthy: exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep. Show More Summary

Flesh and Blood: A Fascinating Talk With Patricia Cornwell

Photo credit: Patrick Ecclesine Patricia Cornwell is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of 33 books, the most famous and widely read being the 22 novels of the "Kay Scarpetta" series. In Flesh and Blood, Kay Scarpetta notices seven shiny pennies, all dated 1981, placed on the wall behind her Cambridge house. Show More Summary

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

There's a quote by Flannery O'Connor currently making the rounds on Facebook: "Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. Show More Summary

The Who's 10th Anniversary, 40 Years Later

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life. In early 1973, shortly after I took over as editor of Record World, a mysterious package from our Latin American Headquarters in Miami -- aka the apartment of our sole employee in that city -- appeared on my desk. Show More Summary

Alexander the Great through Jean Racine's eyes

It was no accident that the great Hellenist French dramatist of the 17th century studied and worked on Alexander! He is one of the unique writers and poets who wrote a theater play in order to exalt the virtues of this huge historical figure. Jean Racine lived in the 17th century (1639-1699) and had been one of the greatest dramatists in France. Show More Summary

7 Ways to Make Pimping Your Book for a Blurb Less Weird

Let's admit it up front: Asking people to blurb your book is a pretty weird and humiliating process. Most writers are cut out to be solitary creatures who hunker down alone at desks and kitchen tables in flannel shirts and sweatpants, making up stories or researching nonfiction books. Show More Summary

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Cornel West loves Jane Austen. That's right, Cornel West -- the famous public scholar and political polemicist whose many books include Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and The Rich and the Rest of Us -- cares about the novels of a dead, white, privileged British woman of the Regency Era. Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of November 8

Self-published titles comprise twenty percent of this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, the same share as last week. But now three of them are inside the top ten. H.M. Ward's The Arrangement 17 debuts on this week's list,...Show More Summary

How 'I Capture the Castle' Captured Me

By Sarah Jane Abbott for Off the Shelf It happens to everyone eventually: a friend lends you a book that they adore and want you to read, but you read the back cover and think to yourself, "this is so not my kind of book." But you kind of have to read it, and you feel pressured to like it, since your friend loves it so much. Show More Summary

Say What? The Literal Meanings of 30 English Words

Delving into the origins and etymologies of words often unearths some unexpected stories. Take a word like treadmill, for instance. Depending on what you think of the gym, you might not be too surprised to find that the original treadmill was invented as a hard labor punishment used in Victorian prisons. Show More Summary

What The Fraudster Knows

It is a new season and there are new accusations of fraud: car dealers in Alabama, a Vietnamese banking tycoon, Scottie Pippen's financial adviser (convicted). Every fraud is a warning and a lesson in greed, but do they have more toShow More Summary

The Chekhov of the Red States

Antonya Nelson is her name. If you haven't heard of her yet, that may be because she's still something of a writer's writer with book jackets full of arias of praise from the likes of Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, and Raymond Carver. Show More Summary

This Three-Word Poem By Jesse Damiani Just Changed Everything

Several days ago, I received permission from colleague and poet Jesse Damiani to republish his extraordinary poem "Knock Knock" on Ink Node, a publishing platform for literary artists. I asked to republish the poem because I was struck by both its textual simplicity and conceptual complexity. Show More Summary

Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Jana Putrle Srdi?

Jana Putrle Srdi? (1975, Ljubljana) is a poet, art film reviewer, and translator of poetry who lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she works as a visual art producer. She has published three collections of poems to date, and also translates...Show More Summary

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Ever-empowering, DIY allows that you can do it yourself, but it does not mean that you should. Never before has there been such great opportunities for an author. Technology, globalization and the competition generated by the behemoth...Show More Summary

Interstellar Science: 'That's Relativity'

Have you seen Christopher Nolan's Interstellar yet? It's generating a lot of discussion both about the story and the science, and as one of the characters explains in the movie ("that's relativity"), the science focuses around Einstein's theory of relativity. Show More Summary

Astoria Characters: The Sidewalk Library

On the sidewalk, under the tree, there's a fire-engine-red box with a glass door. It's filled with books for everyone on the block to borrow. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling The Little Free Library on the sidewalk. Margarita Soto's and Will...Show More Summary

If You Liked Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, You Will LOVE...

By Keri English for IndieReader In an era where twenty-something women are told how to think, where to work, who to date, and what to wear, it's refreshing that a voice has broken the mold to empower women to do one thing--be yourself, flaws and all. Show More Summary

The Hidden Language of Food

Good news: you are better at languages than you realize. If you don't believe me, take a look at the foods you regularly encounter or eat. You may or may not realize it, but every time you discuss what you ate for lunch or your favorite dish at a restaurant, your conversation is littered with foreign nouns and phrases, all centered on food. Show More Summary

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