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An Interactive Fight Against Gender-Based Violence: Priya's Shakti

Two years have passed since the horrific gang rape of the woman who would come to be known as Nirbhaya on a bus in South Delhi. This month, gender-based violence in India was spotlighted again with the banning of Uber from New Delhi when a driver raped a female passenger. Show More Summary

Book Review: A Jungian Life by Thomas B. Kirsch

by Thomas B. Kirsch Fisher King Press, $23.39 Published: November 17, 2014 If anyone can legitimately claim to have lived A Jungian Life it would be Thomas B. (aka Tom) Kirsch. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Jungian DNA oozes from his pores. The son of renowned Jungian analysts James and Hilde Kirsch, Dr. Show More Summary

The Great U.S. Health Care Tension

Adam D. Reich's new book, Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States, is one of the best descriptions/explanations I've read of the tension between moneymaking and altruism in America's hugely complicated health care sector. Show More Summary

Mark It Up

Recommended Reading: Laura Miller’s argument for writing in books. You could also read Sam Anderson’s marginalia in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as well as his Year in Marginalia from 2010.

Danny Clinch & the Majesty of Rock

If you love music, you've probably seen Danny Clinch's work. Over decades of work, he has photographed the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tupac, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Jay-Z, and... the list goes on. His...

A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray

photo by Carla de Souza Campos Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. In the nightmare, I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house. I had just been...Show More Summary

You Can Do It Too

This post is excerpted from Connie Lawn's You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter, published by iUniverse. As the news business has matured -- and I along with it -- it has become rougher in many ways. At all the news bureaus, there have been massive cutbacks in expenditures. Show More Summary

J.K. Rowling: Yes, there are Jewish students at Hogwarts

With Christmas just around the corner, many Harry Potter fans find themselves reminiscing about Hagrid’s 12 trees—which for some is

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of December 13

Penguin Random House appears headed to a strong finish as 2014 winds down. The publisher has roundly dominated the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List over the course of the year and continues to do so in the thick of the holiday...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Darcey Steinke

Hathaway writes with precision and spiritual dignity, giving advice that jumps off the page and directly into the heart.

For Writers Struggling to Accept They Have a Hero's Journey: Own Your Story, Not Yourself

Each time I sit to write a scene for my memoir, Accidental Soldier: What My Service in the Israel Defense Forces Taught Me about Faith, Courage and Love, I have to battle a thousand different voices running me over. Don't you know it's...Show More Summary

Tombo by W. S. DiPiero

A.V. Christie reviews W.S. DiPiero's Tombo today in Rumpus Poetry.


Interstellar (2014) Directed By : Christopher Nolan Written By: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan Genre : SCI-FI/ADVENTURE Rated : PG-13 Time : 169 min Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, and Wes Bentley Plot : In the near future, Earth is no longer sustainable for human life. Show More Summary

Stars of Old Russia

In 1913, four years before the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II made the now-baffling claim that a writer named Teffi was the only major Russian writer. At the time, however, his endorsement made sense, because everybody in Russia, from royalty on down, read Teffi’s work and “delighted” in it. Until the revolution, at which point […]

Pottermore Christmas, day 6: Is Snape a vampire?

Judging from the past few days, it seemed like the new material in this “12 days of Pottermore Christmas” was probably just

11 Books Strand's Booksellers Loved Most In 2014

With 87 years of bookselling experience, we think we know a thing or two about books. This year, for the first time in Strand's history, we asked our 150+ booksellers for their top picks. These are the 11 books Strand's booksellers loved most in 2014 (in no particular order). 10:04 - Ben Lerner Main Floor manager Cale H. Show More Summary

Amazon's Best Books of December: Part One

This is the time of year at Amazon when The Best Book of the Year program takes center stage, which is as it should be. But we're still reading and choosing the Best Books of the Month during this time,...

What Yoga Is Teaching Me about Writing a Novel

I lowered myself to the mat and felt every joint complaining. "Honor your intentions," the instructor was saying. "What intention are you bringing to the mat today?" "Just to be able to get off the damn mat again," I muttered. I never intended to be here, on this yoga mat. Show More Summary

Collection Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus Rex: The Fierce Dinosaur Sandell 1988 Submitter: I recently found this severely outdated book about the “ferocious” Tyrannosaurus Rex in the collection of the public library where I work. It’s from 1988, making it old enough that the king of the dinosaurs is depicted as walking upright like a person in a T-Rex costume. […]

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