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  • The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables

    04/28/2017 10:02:21 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 4/27/17 | Willa Paskin
    A new Netflix series aims to explore the trauma behind the heroine. Is there a risk to rewriting a beloved book? “Anne With an E” is being overseen, written and co-produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, a “Breaking Bad” writer from Canada who also created “Flesh and Bone,” a 2015 Starz series about the physically and mentally brutal field of ballet. Walley-Beckett won an Emmy for writing “Ozymandias,” the watch-through-your-fingers episode of “Breaking Bad” in which the heroic cop Hank Schrader is slaughtered in the New Mexican desert because of his brother-in-law, the meth lord Walter White. This may seem like a...
  • Finding Frank Norris in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    04/28/2017 6:09:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Hill Tromper ^ | Ryan Masters
    A gargantuan spiderweb hangs across the steep dirt road. It shimmers, translucent in the sunlight, slack lines nearly imperceptible. As I duck the web and trudge further up the road's corkscrew turn, the thick brush, thistle, weeds and poison oak part, revealing an ancient looking stone bench on the shoulder above the road. Finally. More than a year after I first searched for it, I have found the mysterious, nearly forgotten memorial to legendary California novelist Frank Norris in this far corner of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A simple cross and a crooked, barren flag holder crown the semicircular, mission-style...
  • Tale of the Tapes ("13 reasons Why" review)

    04/27/2017 6:37:58 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 04/29/2017 | Megan Basham
    "If you’re over the age of 30, you may never have heard of 13 Reasons Why, a best-selling young adult novel that Netflix has adapted into a hit series. But chances are just about every teenager you know has. In the course of one week, four parents of adolescents called or emailed to ask me (the author) about the drama that premiered on March 31, saying their kids and all their kids’ friends are buzzing about it."
  • No, 'The Handmaid’s Tale' Is Not 'Unexpectedly Timely' [Bloomberg Link Only]

    04/26/2017 8:23:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | April 25, 2017 | Megan McArdle
  • The Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Warns That Under Trump ‘This Might Actually Happen’

    04/26/2017 6:15:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 26, 2017 | Matt Wilstein
    Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale contains numerous passages that feel startlingly relevant in 2017.
  • Andrew Cuomo And The Ghost Of Jim Wright

    04/24/2017 7:40:44 AM PDT · by smashtheleft · 7 replies
    Insurgent Tribe ^ | 4/23/17 | Keith Nobles
    From 1987 to 1989 a fellow named Jim Wright was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Wright had produced a book, ‘Reflections of a Public Man’ and it had sold quite a few copies even though it was nothing more than a compilation of political speeches he had performed over the years. Unfortunately for Speaker Wright, even though he had sold quite a few copies, he sold those quite a few copies to a very small group of people who all had business before congress that he was in a position to influence. In other words it was a scam,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 4-24-17)

    04/24/2017 3:25:50 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies ^ | 4-24-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Winnie the Pooh Sketches With Tasmanian Link Dusted off After Decades

    04/22/2017 4:26:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/22 | Harriet Aird
    Last century, British artist Ernest Shepard helped to bring the stories of Winnie the Pooh to life through his illustrations. The stories by AA Milne, written in the early 1900s, remain popular with children and adults alike. Now, some of Shepard's original sketches are on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), giving visitors a chance to see how some of the much-loved characters were created. The drawings were given to TMAG in 1981 by the sister of Shepard's second wife, Frances Carrol, who lived in northern Tasmania. TMAG's principal curator of art, Jane Stewart, said she believed...
  • Steven J. Newton wins Veterans Administration's Top Writing Award for 2016

    04/21/2017 6:12:18 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 6 replies
    Thought you folks might like to see this story again. I was blessed to win this award in inspirational writing. Enjoy "Walking the Line."
  • Word For The Day - PUISSANT

    04/21/2017 6:23:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 04-21-2017 | Red Badger
    ................It’s FRIDAY!................... In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. PUISSANT puis·sant [pyoo-uh-suh nt, pyoo-is-uh nt, pwis-uh nt] adjective - literary : having puissance : powerful Origin: Puissant has some powerful ties to some more commonplace English words. Although "puissant" has a considerably fancier feel than "power" and "potent," all three words share the same Latin ancestor: posse, a verb meaning "to be able." "Power" came to us by way of Anglo-French poer, which is itself thought to have come from "potēre,"...
  • Request for Help - Research

    04/19/2017 9:43:18 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 50 replies
    Vanity ^ | 4/19/17 | pgyanke
    Fellow FReepers, I am working on a new book and could use some expert FReeper researcher/knowledge help. The book is essentially about a history of evil. The 20th Century atrocities are pretty easy to summarize but I want to go all the way back to Cain and Abel. Would you mind listing off any historical figures or events that you think show great evil down through the ages? I want to be as comprehensive as I can be and not skip things through my own lack of familiarity. Here is a list of things that come to mind for me:...
  • Soap opera star Eric Braeden on new memoir (video)

    04/17/2017 11:37:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 17, 2017
    Emmy-winning actor Eric Braeden spent 37 years playing self-made businessman Victor Newman on "The Young and the Restless." He joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new memoir, "I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama."
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 4-17-17)

    04/17/2017 2:56:23 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 4-17-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • The True Jesus

    04/14/2017 6:37:35 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 7 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 04/14/17 | Davis Limbaugh
    I have a new book out — “The True Jesus,” which is my third Christian-themed book — and I want to tell you a little bit about it. In my previous books, I related that I didn’t always embrace the Bible and that I came to accept Jesus Christ later than some people do — after studying the evidence for Christianity’s truth claims. Contrary to a common misconception, there is an abundance of evidence that undergirds the Christian faith, and I examined much of that in my previous books. This book is different in that it allows the Gospels to...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 4-10-17)

    04/10/2017 3:13:45 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies ^ | 4-10-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • You Should Have Known That

    04/09/2017 10:49:50 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 50 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 4/9/2017 | blueunicorn6
    I love to read. I read a lot when I was a kid. I don't remember what grade I was in when I read The Great Gatsby. I thought that it was an OK book. We were discussing the book in class when the teacher asked me about the billboard with the eyeglasses. I said, "It's a billboard for an eye doctor." The teacher admonished me. "That billboard represents the eyes of God looking down on us." It was like I was struck by lightning! Something in a story could stand for something else! Amazing! I had learned about allegory....
  • Word For the Day - Pulchritude

    04/07/2017 6:10:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 04-07-2017 | Red Badger
    ................It's FRIDAY!................... In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. pulchritude pul·chri·tudeˈpəlkrəˌt(y)o͞od/noun - literarynoun: pulchritude beauty. Origin:late Middle English: from Latin pulchritudo, from pulcher, pulchr- ‘beautiful.’ Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • Brazil, Mexico Make First Deposits to 'Doomsday' Data Vault

    04/06/2017 7:27:05 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | April 5, 2017 | Matt Hickman
    Considering all the concern over the preservation and protection of data as of late, it seems only fitting to see the debut of a specialized library where copies of the world's most precious written words — rare texts, historically significant documents and invaluable digital data included — are kept safe, buried deep under the permafrost-covered Arctic tundra of a far-flung Norwegian archipelago. Dubbed the Arctic World Archive, this fail-safe cold storage facility is certainly in very good company. Located “far away from political and physical instabilities in the rest of the world,” the for-profit Arctic World Archive is situated within...
  • Paywall browser extension lets users read some paywalled papers for free

    04/06/2017 9:20:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | April 6, 2017 | Bob Yirka
    Credit: ============================================================================================================================== (—A group calling itself Impactstory, a nonprofit team whose mission is to make science more accessible to everyone, has released a free Chrome/Firefox extension called Unpaywall that allows users to access some research papers that lie behind a paywall without having to pay to access the paywall site. The official release date was April 4, but users have been able to download and use it for several weeks. A paywall, of course, blocks unpaid access to articles published by a website. Those who do not pay can generally read an abstract but not the full text. Researchers...
  • 2017 Hugo Award Finalists

    04/05/2017 7:43:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 75 on April 4... The final round of voting will open this coming week, and close on July 15. The 2017 Hugos will be presented at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11. The finalists are: ...