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How To Break All The Rules

Writing would be so much easier if there were clear, easy-to-follow rules: insert Tab A into Slot B, stir counterclockwise, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Novices often look to more experienced writers for the secret of their success. Show More Summary

Friday Fiction – The Town is On Fire

The Town is On Fire Healey 1979 Submitter: This is from the 70?s. I just thought it was a rather stunning picture. It looks like Mark Hamill and Mick Jagger and I don’t even know who that scary guy in the back is? According to the book flap they’re supposed to be teenagers and one […]

More Alive and Much Stranger: On Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s Panic in a Suitcase

Storms come, storms go, aspirations don’t become reality and personalities don’t improve, they just flat-line.

eCLP: Free and Easy

  If I wrote a blog post about all that was amazing about the FREE “e” services Carnegie Library provides, it would be the longest one ever. I will therefore force myself to concentrate on one aspect — downloadable and streaming … Continue reading ?

Friday Videos Promise Not to Call You

by SB Sarah Via Tumblr comes this video that made me laugh so freaking hard. The filmmaker, Julieta Colas, has this to say about it: This is my classical animation film. It’s about a guy who has to get out of the shower multiple times to answer the phone. Show More Summary

101. An Interview with Audiobook Narrator Renee Raudman, Part I

by SB Sarah While at RWA, I met with Renee Raudman, audiobook narrator, and asked her some of the questions that folks asked after her first interview with the podcast. We talk about how the audiobook world and the author world usedShow More Summary

10 Years of Bitchery: July Retrospective - Wait, What?

by SB Sarah It's the last day of the month, and so it's time for another trip down Bitchery Memory Lane to check out some of the most popular reviews, posts, and comment threads in the past ten years of Smart Bitches. We're leading up...Show More Summary

Books on Sale: Paranormal Detectives, Fairies, & Vamps - Oh My!

by Amanda Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne is $1.99! In this urban fantasy, our heroine works for the Underworld Detection Agency and it features a large cast of supernatural characters - vampires, angels, trolls, werewolves, and the list...Show More Summary

Fan Up: Exploring Zara, “a world where men have no story”

The Internet features more than its share of negativity and snark—sometimes you’ve just gotta vent. But there’s plenty of room for love, too. With Fan Up, we ask pop-culture people we admire to tell us about something they really, really like. Show More Summary

Appearance vs. Authenticity

Many employees are encouraged to "just be yourself," only to find their authenticity -- and their career ambitions -- constrained by unwritten office rules about appearance, speech and behavior. Professionals of color, especially, find there is a much narrower band of acceptance, and the constraints bite harder. Show More Summary

On the Books: Lost Dr. Seuss stories to be published as picture book

Theodor Geisel’s golden years were the 1950s, when he published Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and How

Fantasy Authors game

If Fantasy Football is football for people who don’t like dirt or concussions, here’s a Fantasy Football for people who don’t like football. Book Riot has the details, which involve tracking your favorite authors’ career highlights much...Show More Summary

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb. Why do we keep returning to the scientific breakthrough that took usShow More Summary

Recipe Road Test: "His 'n' Hers" Deviled Eggs

I'm a latecomer to deviled eggs. Never liked 'em as a kid and shunned them for many years as an adult. Until my mother gave me a recipe for Blue Devils--a blue cheese deviled egg. I will eat pretty much...

Fed Up With a Lack of Diverse Children's Books, Queer Parents Write Their Own

Once upon a time, Bear Bergman was reading to his four-year-old son Stanley before bed. His husband had ordered a big new stack of books that included queer characters. As they read through each book, Bergman realized that every single one contained extended descriptions of bullying, which weren’t that fun for Stanley to hear. Show More Summary

The memories of very small readers

Although children’s earliest memories often don’t stay with them, as this new article on Aeon describes, babies form emotional connections and intellectual attitudes that last the rest of their lives. So read to your newborn, according to Jason Boog (Born Reading), even if she doesn’t yet know the words.

Newswire: A posthumous Oscar Hijuelos novel is coming in 2015

Grand Central Publishing has acquired the rights to the late Oscar Hijuelos’ book, Twain And Stanley Enter Paradise, an epic, 800-plus-page historical novel chronicling the friendship of Mark Twain and Welsh explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Show More Summary

British council names garbage truck for David Sedaris

Earlier this week, the West Sussex County Times published a charming little article about a local hero “who devotes a great

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Ellis & Shalvey say good night with Moon Knight #6

Over the last five months, the creative team of writer Warren Ellis, artist Declan Shalvey, and colorist Jordie Bellaire turned Moon Knight into one of Marvel’s best comics, a smart, strange, tense, action-packed title telling standalone stories about a mentally fractured defender of the night. Show More Summary


Cory Arcangel‘s Working on My Novel is composed solely of tweets from people who (one is led to assume) are engaged in the singularly tragic enterprise of writing books that, unlike Working on My Novel, will take years to complete, yet won’t be published by Penguin or noticed by The Paris Review. Oh, the meta-irony. And now I’ve just honored it with a Curiosities post.

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