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Plato On The 'Dead White Man' Chopping Block

Unlike most individuals, I picked up Plato's famous work The Republic willingly. With a two-and-a-half millennia pedigree and a reputation as the "cornerstone of western philosophy", I felt it was high time to broaden my mind and get a glimpse into the origins of European thought. Show More Summary

Lin Oliver on Founding the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

We first became aware of Lin Oliver when we presented at the annual New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. We learned she had co-founded SCBWI, and we kept hearing what a wonderful writer, great businessperson and generous human she was. Show More Summary

You Can Handle The Truth

I've been a fan of situation comedies my entire life. I love to laugh and I like that whatever trouble the characters get themselves into always resolves itself by the end of the story. I have, however, become sensitive over the years...Show More Summary

The BFG: An Enchanting Tale of Magnificent Friendship

By Ashley Hay | Off the Shelf I missed Roald Dahl's The BFG when it appeared in 1982. Perhaps, being eleven, I thought I'd outgrown such things, busy instead with Judy Blume and L. M. Montgomery who wrote Anne of Green Gables. It would...Show More Summary

5 Entrepreneurial Tips for Authors Who Want to Up Their Game

This month I'm a new author all over again with the publication of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing. I wrote this book to answer the many good questions authors lob my way every day. One ofShow More Summary

Peter Singer On The Most Good You Can Do

Peter Singer is a personal inspiration to me. He is a well known Australian philosopher and author who has spent his entire life in pursuit of doing more good in the world. Singer is perhaps best-known for his book Animal Liberation (1975), a highly influential book in the animal rights community, as well as his essay Famine, Affluence, and Morality. Show More Summary

One Place misUnderstood

With the recent release of my book, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, a novel that is set in mountainous eastern Kentucky, David Joy's powerful words resonated. They are an accurate and honest portrayal of why we write what we write, and why we must continue to write human stories that arise from our cornerstones. Show More Summary

Cole Swensen Talks About Translation As A Continual Opening

Cole Swensen is a poet with fifteen books out, most based in research and many ekphrastic. She also translates contemporary French poetry, experimental prose, and art criticism. She co-edited the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and is the founding editor of La Presse, which publishes French work in translation. Show More Summary

11 Excellent Summer Reads for Your Book Club

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Never A Dull Moment

By David Hepworth On New Year's Eve 1970, Paul McCartney instructed his lawyers to issue a writ at the High Court in London to wind up the Beatles. The sixties ended that day, which was a year late, strictly speaking. You might say this was the last day of the pop era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. Show More Summary

What I've Learned From Binod Chaudhary- The First Billionaire of Nepal

(President, CEO and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media @Mike_Perlis, Nepal's 1st billionaire @BinodKChaudhary and fashion designer @prabalgurung) "Passion is what drives me forward. Passion is what makes me go to bed at 2am and wake up at 6am." - Aliko Dangote Binod Chaudhary is the first and only Nepalese Billionaire as listed by Forbes. Show More Summary

How Jesus Became A Superhero

Jesus and the Roman Empire have plenty of things in common. Without the Roman Empire there would have been neither Jesus nor Christianity. Both Jesus and the Roman Empire arrived at about the same time. The impoverished Jewish boy, Jesus,...Show More Summary

Trump's America - The Complete Loser's Guide

While I find it truly remarkable that Donald Trump is the republican nominee for President of the United States, I think it's even more amazing that Scott Dikkers is not a household name. Dikkers is the founding editor of The Onion,Show More Summary

5 Protagonists You Learn To Love

1. Ove (from A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman) Ove is from a different time. He values hard work, rules, and consistency-and never hesitates to tell you he hates everything else. As the story progresses, we see flashbacks from Ove's tortured past and realize he has no reason to think otherwise. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: All Strung Out and Nowhere to Go?

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it." ? Jane Wagner "The truth is that stress doesn't come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances." --Andrew Bernstein, author "Tension is who you think you should be. Show More Summary

The Stories We Tell: Becoming The Author Of Your Life

The gas station nearest my house happens to face a strip club. It is apparently a very successful strip club, as they could afford to install a LCD screen on their roof that might be visible from the Space Station. It's certainly visible from the gas station. Show More Summary

I'm Thinking Crazy Win For This Spooky Debut Novel

I'm thinking I don't know what to think other than this novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a brilliant, well-constructed Hitchcockian tale with a huge creep factor that will leave you scheduling a manicure for wrecked nails. From the first page, Iain Reid knocks it out of the park with, "I'm thinking of ending things. Show More Summary

'Transitions: A Guide To The 6 Stages Of A Successful Life Transition': Book Review

Transitions are an essential part of life. They can be initiated by loss, adversity, the challenges of aging, or a subtle but persistent sense that there is something more to life... something lacking... something missing... something...Show More Summary

Are Books On Life Support? Hardly...

Who doesn't love getting comfy in bed and curling up with a good book on a rainy day? There's something about the sound of rain hitting the roof as pages turn that puts me at ease. But to be honest, I couldn't tell you the last time I actually visited a bookstore. Show More Summary

A Masterpiece Returns: An Interview with Helen DeWitt, Author of "The Last Samurai"

A series of accidents brought me to Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai. A friend from Twitter invited me to a New York book party in 2011 to celebrate the release of her novel, Lightning Rods. Once there, the generous people at New Directions pressed a copy of Lightning Rods into my hands. Show More Summary

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