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  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies
    OneHourSelfPub.com ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • 30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate

    07/18/2014 11:34:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 81 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 8, 2014 | Arianna Rebolini
    30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate
  • What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

    06/02/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT · by windcliff · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-2-14 | MARIA KONNIKOVA
    Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate...
  • Cursive writing returns to Toronto Catholic schools

    03/15/2014 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Fri Mar 14, 2014 | Kristin Rushowy
    When kids put pen to paper, chances are they are printing. But Toronto’s Catholic board, hand-wringing over the handwriting skills of its students, is now looking to make sure all of them learn cursive. Parents have told her their children can’t sign their name, “or they have been handed a handwritten note and can’t read it,” said Trustee Ann Andrachuk. She proposed a recent motion—unanimously approved—asking board staff how to reintroduce cursive in all schools, and how early children should start learning it. […] Across Canada and the United States, concerns have been raised that cursive is becoming a lost...
  • Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

    02/21/2014 5:24:09 PM PST · by Zeneta · 186 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | February 21, 2014 | Azadeh Aalai, Ph.D
    Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore? Is it just me, or are student competencies like basic writing skills in serious peril today? Granted, I am about a decade in to my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private, four year school) the papers are coming from. It’s not just that students aren’t demonstrating critical thinking skills in their writing, basic competencies like proper syntax, spelling, and even proper structure like paragraph indentation and how...
  • Maya Angelou on why Mandela is admired (Another BARF Alert)

    12/06/2013 2:28:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | December 6, 2013 | CBSNews.com
    UNDEFINED NAN, NAN, NAN:NAN AM|Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou recalls the struggles Nelson Mandela faced during his life and explains why Mandela is one of the most admired men of his time.
  • Professor: Students Held Sit-In After Complaining Grammar And Punctuation Corrections Were Racist

    11/23/2013 8:44:31 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 119 replies
    nation.foxnews.com ^ | Daily Bruin
    <p>Current and former students in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies expressed their support for professor emeritus Val Rust following a demonstration in one of his graduate classes last Thursday.</p> <p>Student demonstrators alleged that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the graduate school, including in Rust’s classroom. Organizers told the Daily Bruin last week that they decided to host the demonstration after a recent report examining racial discrimination among the university’s faculty stated that UCLA’s policies and procedures do not sufficiently address racially motivated instances of discrimination.</p>
  • Tom Clancy never flunked English at Loyola

    10/09/2013 7:39:37 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 7 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Oct. 7, 2013 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    It certainly makes for a good story: a scrappy kid from Baltimore flunks out of an English class at what is now Loyola University Maryland only to become an international bestselling author. The problem is that the oft-told tale concerning Tom Clancy is just as fictitious as Jack Ryan. “It was an urban legend that just wouldn’t die,” said Carol Abromaitis, the English professor accused of giving Clancy an F in her class. For decades, Abromaitis urged English majors to let others know the truth. Her efforts bore little fruit. “One major said to me, ‘Of course not. It makes...
  • ACT: 1-in-3 high school graduates unready for college math, science or writing courses

    08/21/2013 1:23:25 PM PDT · by JeffAdams_MI · 22 replies
    WASHINGTON — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday. The company’s annual report also found a gap between students’ interests now and projected job opportunities when they graduate, adding to the dire outlook for the class of 2013. “The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company’s education division. The ACT reported that 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready...
  • Elmore Leonard: Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

    08/20/2013 11:10:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 16, 2001 | Elmore Leonard
    WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.
  • 7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]

    07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    mental floss ^ | Mark Mancini
    A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs... 1. On Benjamin Franklin “His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.”2. On Alexander Hamilton “That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!”(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)3. On Thomas Paine's Common Sense “What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.”(For more...
  • Is cursive writing dead?

    06/28/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 287 replies
    A single sentence, uttered in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, has catapulted an issue into the national spotlight. When asked if she could read a letter in court, witness Rachel Jeantel, her head bowed, murmured with embarrassment, "I don't read cursive," according to court testimony. Is it any surprise that cursive -- the looped, curvaceous style of handwriting that's been a mainstay of education for generations -- is all but dead? [15 Weird Things We Do Everyday, and Why] "Cursive should be allowed to die. In fact, it's already dying, despite having been...
  • The Spy Novelist Who Knows Too Much

    02/02/2013 11:11:04 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert F. Worth
    Last June, a pulp-fiction thriller was published in Paris under the title “Le Chemin de Damas.” Its lurid green-and-black cover featured a busty woman clutching a pistol, and its plot included the requisite car chases, explosions and sexual conquests. Unlike most paperbacks, though, this one attracted the attention of intelligence officers and diplomats on three continents. Set in the midst of Syria’s civil war, the book offered vivid character sketches of that country’s embattled ruler, Bashar al-Assad, and his brother Maher, along with several little-known lieutenants and allies. It detailed a botched coup attempt secretly supported by the American and...
  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Dr. Gregory Benford

    10/10/2012 11:04:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Freehold ^ | October 10, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    This week the Enquiring Hitchhiker has several new interviews. The first of these is with  Dr. Gregory Benford. Dr. Benford is one of the leading authors of hard science fiction working today. His novel In the Ocean of Night was one of my first introductions to the idea of artificial intelligence.
  • Freedom, Imagination and Story – Essentials of Good Entertainment.

    08/31/2012 7:47:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Freehold ^ | August 31, 2012 | Ed Raby Sr
    ... what then makes for good entertainment and what qualities does that entertainment have? What causes me to like something when I watch it? What excites me enough to drop money on something and go watch it? ...
  • Help Me Write a Book, Will ya!

    06/05/2012 8:46:29 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 22 replies
    Revolting cat! | 06/05/2012 | Revolting cat!
    Will ya? For the past six months or so I have been meeting each week with a young Chinese economics scholar from mainland China, discussing life in the United States, and helping him with his English which is excellent as far as vocabulary and grammar, but rather dismal in the pronunciation department. This is my volunteer work contribution to the betterment of mankind, as I tend to avoid those typical volunteering activities such as "teaching children of prisoners to read", preferring instead, as has been my habit in other areas, to try to subvert the dominant paradigm. (Today, seeing a...
  • Cursive writing: Lost art or useless skill?

    10/30/2011 5:16:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2011 | Cara Fitzpatrick,
    When asked for their John Hancock, future generations might print it in block letters or scrawl some scribbles across the page. But odds are, they won't sign their name in cursive. They might not even be able to read it. Cursive, with its graceful loops and perfectly joined letters, seems soon to join the typewriter, VCR player and flip-phone as relics of a past age. Keyboarding skills, not cursive, were included in the Common Core, a set of national academic standards adopted last year by more than 40 states, including Florida.
  • Israel Calls for Continuing Aid for Palestinians (barf)

    09/15/2011 5:52:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Alert Network ^ | 16/9/11 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Israel is urging the international community to continue aid to the Palestinians just as U.S. lawmakers are contemplating an aid cutoff if the Palestinians press for statehood at the United Nations. An Israeli government website on Thursday carried a report saying the Palestinian Authority already faced economic and fiscal woes, in part due to a decline in donor aid. "Israel calls for ongoing international support for the PA budget and development projects that will contribute to the growth of a vibrant private sector, which will provide the PA an expanded base for generating internal revenue,"...
  • DeMint to Obama: Deliver in writing

    09/04/2011 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/4/11 | CNN Producer Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said Sunday he wants a jobs plan in writing from President Barack Obama, not just another speech. "I am so tired of his speeches, it's going to be hard for me to watch," DeMint said on CNN's "State of the Union." A written proposal from the president would enable Congress to decipher the cost and the American people and businesses to weigh the plan, said the South Carolina Republican who is a favorite of tea party conservatives. "Without sending something in writing, the president makes all of these grand gestures, and then it doesn't...
  • Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2011 Results

    07/29/2011 2:43:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2011 Results
  • Illinois erases state's last writing exam

    07/06/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | Tara Malone
    chicagotribune.com Illinois erases state's last writing exam 11th-graders will no longer take the test — saving state $2.4 million By Tara Malone, Tribune reporter July 6, 2011 Illinois high school juniors no longer will be tested on writing skills during the state's standardized tests every spring, eliminating the last Illinois writing exam and shaving about $2.4 million amid budgetary shortfalls. While students might welcome being spared the sweating over topic sentences and persuasive verbs, many educators worry the essential skill could get short shrift in Illinois classrooms as a result.
  • Feds must stop writing gibberish under new law

    05/19/2011 12:21:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    KWWL ^ | 5/19/11 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    Feds must stop writing gibberish under new lawBy CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Updated: May 19, 2011 2:34 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is rolling out a new official language of sorts: plain English. That's right: Pursuant to regulations promulgated thereunder and commencing in accordance with a statute signed herein by President Barack Obama, the government shall be precluded from writing the pompous gibberish heretofore evidenced, to the extent practicable. That sentence contains 11 new language no-nos. Obama signed the Plain Writing Act last fall after decades of effort by a cadre of passionate grammarians in the civil...
  • Some Sage Advice for the Conservative Blogger

    05/11/2011 10:24:05 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 7 replies
    Conclub ^ | 05-10-11 | Dave
    So you finally decided to take the big step, to wade into the debates of the day, and lend your ever-so-wise voice to the great political public square. You’ve decided to become a political blogger. Now what? And what can you learn and expect as you step forth to ideological battle and proclaim the truth as you know it? I have blogged from a conservative point of view for many years, both as an individual as well as in a group blog format, and in that time I like to think that I’ve learned a few things about blogging along...
  • Th Art of Language

    04/22/2011 5:59:02 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 28 replies
    The ability to speak, to use verbal representations of our thoughts, is one of the most striking differences between humans and animals. True, animals communicate with each other but there is no reason to suppose they are sharing anything more than an expression of feelings. It is not language in the sense humans use language, their thoughts. Since we also use language to to explain our thoughts, to ourselves and others, we should also be concerned with the clarity and skill with which we use language. With that in mind I would direct your attention to what two writers said...
  • Deconstructing Composition

    03/24/2011 10:30:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Colleges and universities pride themselves on producing erudite citizens. Nevertheless, by nearly available benchmark, they are failing in this regard, although they don’t seem to realize it. “While M. B. A. students’ quantitative skills are prized by employers, their writing and presentation skills have been a perennial complaint,” Diana Middleton wrote in The Wall Street Journal on March 3, 2011. “Employers and writing coaches say business-school graduates tend to ramble, use pretentious vocabulary or pen too-casual emails.” “Meanwhile, the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the Graduate Management Admission Test, says average essay scores on the GMAT fell to 4.4...
  • Death by Deconstructionism

    01/24/2011 3:18:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2011 | Larrey Anderson
    The talking heads continue to yap about the source of the savagery driving Jared Lee Loughner. Many on the left have tried, and failed, to pin the blame for the Tucson massacre on the Tea Parties or, just as ridiculous, on Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, the 900-pound gorilla in the interrogation room remains unquestioned and unchallenged. Its name is "deconstructionism." Deconstructionism is historical relativism on crack cocaine. The "theory" is being freely and openly distributed to almost every college student in America. Courses in most of the humanities typically include the works of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. In fact, it...
  • U.S. citizen believed to be writing for al Qaeda website, source says

    07/18/2010 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 2+ views
    cnn ^ | 7/18/10 | Paul Cruickshank
    (CNN) -- A senior U.S. law enforcement official has told CNN that U.S. intelligence believes the principal author of the new online al Qaeda magazine is an American citizen who left for Yemen in October 2009. The magazine -- called "Inspire" -- appeared last week. Running to nearly 70 pages online, it included articles on bomb-making and encrypting electronic messages, as well as an interview with fugitive Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al Awlaki.
  • Success, But Not in the Gulf

    06/13/2010 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 13 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybo
    When you’ve been writing weekly for 16 years, occasionally the question comes up: what on God’s green Earth am I going to talk about now? I was going to write about the Jones Act. That Act requires that ships operating in American waters be American-owned with American crews. Not stated in the law is its real purpose. The maritime unions have a headlock on American shipboard workers. So, the Jones Act requires, in reality, that all ships operating in American waters generate dues for the unions which translate into funds to elect Democrats. Skimmer ships are sitting idle in foreign...
  • Author writing about Palin moves next door to her

    05/25/2010 5:36:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies · 1,922+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/25/10 | MARK THIESSEN
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Sarah Palin has taken to her Facebook page to complain about her new neighbor—a writer penning a book about her. Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla. McGinniss previously wrote a critical expose on Palin and her natural gas pipeline plan for the Conde Nast publication Portfolio last year, and is planning a book about the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. It's tentatively titled, "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" and could be on the shelves in the fall of 2011.
  • Not-So-Silent Cal Wrote With Eloquence (contrasts with Obama)

    11/30/2009 8:51:45 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 4 replies · 408+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2009 | RYAN L. COLE
    Recently, the new head of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, gushed that "if you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar." He skipped right over Calvin Coolidge.
  • Cursive Writing Is Fading Skill, But So What? [Oh, Really?]

    09/19/2009 12:48:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 52 replies · 1,662+ views
    AP Report ^ | September 19, 2009
    Cursive Writing Is Fading Skill, But So What? Fewer school emphasize ‘penmanship’ as computer use increases A student practices both printing and cursive handwriting skills at a classroom at the Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston, W.Va. . Bob Bird / AP [Pic in URL] CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston resident Kelli Davis was in for a surprise when her daughter brought home some routine paperwork at the start of school this fall. Davis signed the form and then handed it to her daughter for the eighth-grader's signature. "I just assumed she knew how to do it, but I have a piece...
  • As cursive fades as a skill in school, parents fret, but experts are slow to worry

    09/19/2009 6:07:19 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 127 replies · 3,778+ views
    AP ^ | 9/19/09 | TOM BREEN
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston resident Kelli Davis was in for a surprise when her daughter brought home some routine paperwork at the start of school this fall. Davis signed the form and then handed it to her daughter for the eighth-grader's signature. "I just assumed she knew how to do it, but I have a piece of paper with her signature on it and it looks like a little kid's signature," Davis said. Her daughter was apologetic, but explained that she hadn't been required to make the graceful loops and joined letters of cursive writing in years. That prompted a...
  • Roaring sea tale takes worst writing honors

    06/30/2009 6:49:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 1,200+ views
    philly ^ | Jun. 29, 2009
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A shambling sentence about sea fellows who bellow took top honors in an annual contest celebrating bad writing. David McKenzie, a 55-year-old Washington man, won grand prize in San Jose State University's 27th Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with this: "Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it...
  • Carvings From Cherokee Script's Dawn

    06/23/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 498+ views
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | John Noble Wilford
    The illiterate Cherokee known as Sequoyah watched in awe as white settlers made marks on paper, convinced that these "talking leaves" were the source of white power and success. This inspired the consuming ambition of his life: to create a Cherokee written language. Born around 1770 near present-day Knoxville, Tenn., he was given the name George Gist (or Guess) by his father, an English fur trader, and his mother, a daughter of a prominent Cherokee family. But it was as Sequoyah that around 1809 he started devising a writing system for the spoken Cherokee language. Ten years later, despite the...
  • Vanity -- What is the best editing/proofreading software?

    06/18/2009 3:11:13 PM PDT · by Ronin · 11 replies · 885+ views
    June 20, 2009 | Ronin
    I have been working as an independent professional rewriter and editor for many years and have recently began upgrading my resources and skills to handle science and medical technical papers, etc. I have heard some good things about Stylewriter, but I have also heard it takes a long time to get used to and the settings are difficult to manage. I have also seen online advertisements for a product called White Smoke, that seems much easier to use, but I have no idea of how capable it actually is. I know Free Republic has a great number of writers and...
  • Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can't be read

    05/29/2009 9:14:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,621+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 27 May 2009 | Andrew Robinson
    WRITING is one of the greatest inventions in human history. Perhaps the greatest, since it made history possible. Without writing, there could be no accumulation of knowledge, no historical record, no science - and of course no books, newspapers or internet.The first true writing we know of is Sumerian cuneiform - consisting mainly of wedge-shaped impressions on clay tablets - which was used more than 5000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Soon afterwards writing appeared in Egypt, and much later in Europe, China and Central America. Civilisations have invented hundreds of different writing systems. Some, such as the one you are...
  • Writing fiction with Dragon Naturally Speaking software?

    02/15/2009 3:51:24 PM PST · by StAntKnee · 18 replies · 1,131+ views
    Vanity | Today | St Ant Knee
    I've written several books using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and have pitched to my agent a book on how to write a novel using the software. It'd be useful to hear how others have fared. Any experiences with the software that would contradict my very good experience?
  • A Novel of America -- Writing an Epic "live" on the Internet

    12/31/2008 3:47:03 PM PST · by Vendek · 17 replies · 347+ views
    A Novel of America ^ | December 31, 2008 | Errol Lincoln Uys
    I collaborated with the late James A. Michener on his South African novel, The Covenant and later went on to write my own epic on Brazil. My plan for A Novel of America is to follow the same plan Jim Michener and I used in crafting our books, with a key difference of letting these multilayered tasks unfold on the Web. Much of my work is presented blog-style: current entries reflect a search for ideas big and small that will inspire and shape my story of America. As I go along, I share "Working Notes," "Research Links," "Images" and "Maps"...
  • Write Like Toni Morrison

    11/25/2008 2:19:07 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 20 replies · 750+ views
    Organizations and Markets Blog ^ | 11-22-2008 | Peter Klein
    Remember the Universal Translator? Peter Wood, in like manner, provides a useful guide to translating regular English prose into the style of Nobel-prizewinning author Toni Morrison, probably the most frequently assigned writer on US college campuses. The basic rules: Misuse common phrases Embrace inconsistency Omit words to create more forceful expression Mix up parts of speech Chop in self-conscious micro-sentences He provides some wonderful examples. For instance, this office memo: Just to remind you, I will be out of the office Tuesday to meet with our supplier, Acme Explosives. Please finish your work on the 2Q budget and let the...
  • Something other than the election

    10/10/2008 1:45:09 PM PDT · by PanzerKom · 2 replies · 326+ views
    PanzerKom
    Here's something that's not related to the election and the economy. Think of it as a little quiz, if you will. I came across the following article written by an immigrant while surfing the web. For those of you so inclined, answer the following question: 1. How long do you think this person has been in the States? 2. How old do you think this person is? 3. What, in your opinion, is the greatest thing about American culture? ------------------------------------------------------ Because you’re an American    A couple of months ago I went to the Chinese Embassy in New York. The...
  • Nobel literature chief: US writing too 'insular' (too isolated, 'ignorant' to compete with Europe)

    09/30/2008 12:59:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 840+ views
    AP on Breitbart.com ^ | 9/30/08 | AP
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - The man who announces the Nobel Prize in literature says the United States is too "insular" and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Horace Engdahl said Tuesday that "Europe still is the center of the literary world."
  • David Foster Wallace R.I.P.

    09/20/2008 12:16:21 AM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 5 replies · 170+ views
    McSweeney's ^ | September 20, 2008 | Darkwolf377
    Below, we've begun a thread of memories of David Foster Wallace that will, we hope, be some kind of salve during this wretched and bewildering week. Remembering him, and hearing of his warmth, his realness, his generosity and incredible decency, from those who knew him well and those who only met him once, might dull the pain a bit and, at the very least, remind us all why he meant so much to the world.
  • How does a guy author two memoirs and . . . well, nothing else?

    09/08/2008 8:40:52 PM PDT · by StAntKnee · 80 replies · 183+ views
    self | vanity
    Where's the paper trail on this guy Obama's writing? I've published a dozen novels and half a dozen nonfiction books and edited newspapers and magazines (I'm not a real journalist, honest. I used to be that way, but I'm just a fella now). Done some ghosting and teaching of writing, too. Nobody, but nobody publishes a polished memoir, let alone two (and forget that it's by the age 47 at that), until there's been a few signs of brilliance earlier. Where's the early signs of writing genius? The college literary magazine? Freelance pieces? Poetry? Fiction? Works that didn't sell so...
  • One Potential Problem. re: Palin.

    09/08/2008 8:11:37 PM PDT · by maclogo · 199 replies · 504+ views
    General News sources | 9-8-08 | maclogo
    OK, I'm a conservative who is very excited about Sarah Palin. But, I have noticed over the past couple of days that Gov. Palin keeps using the EXACT same lines and phrases on the campaign trail that she used so effectively in her convention speech last week. This is not good. It is making her seem like a one-trick pony and it WILL be noticed by all very soon if she doesn't change up her rhetoric or at least preface such convention quotes with something like "as I have stated before..."
  • Unknown Writing System Uncovered On Ancient Olmec Tablet

    07/30/2008 6:58:45 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 49 replies · 855+ views
    scienceagogo ^ | 15 September 2006 | by Kate Melville
    Science magazine this week details the discovery of a stone block in Veracruz, Mexico, that contains a previously unknown system of writing; believed by archeologists to be the earliest in the Americas. The slab - named the Cascajal block - dates to the early first millennium BCE and has features that indicate it comes from the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica. One of the archaeologists behind the discovery, Brown University's Stephen D. Houston, said that the block and its ancient script "link the Olmec civilization to literacy, document an unsuspected writing system, and reveal a new complexity to this civilization." "It's...
  • Obama Bests Clinton At Craft of Writing

    03/04/2008 8:45:25 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 65+ views
    NY Sun ^ | March 3, 2008 | ADAM KIRSCH
    When Democratic primary voters go to the polls tomorrow in Ohio and Texas, it's a safe bet that few will be casting their votes based on senators Clinton's and Obama's merits as writers. To judge a candidate based on his or her literary ability would be as irrelevant, most people agree, as voting for the better ballroom dancer. It may be a nice talent to have, but it has nothing to do with being president. It even seems a little naďve to judge a politician as the author of a book bearing his or her name. Today, just about every...
  • Enoch, Anna, and Me

    02/02/2008 5:54:03 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 32 replies · 183+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 February 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’ve always loved libraries. Both my parents loved books, and our house was chock full of them. Growing up in Baltimore, at an early age (perhaps ten) I was taken by the hand, driven to the nearest branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and introduced to the mysteries of a real library of organized books, rather than a couple bookshelves of miscellaneous books. It was love at first sight. By the time I was twelve, I regularly walked to and from the Guilford Branch of the Pratt. It was only a mile, and children regularly and safely walked the...
  • Face of Defense: Military Wife Shares Experiences Through Writing

    01/29/2008 4:23:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 63+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2008 – Being married to the military has its benefits, but it also comes with some very rigid truths, as one Virginia native began to understand when she and her Marine husband married 10 years ago. Anne Miren Berry participates in a book signing for “Operation Homecoming,” an anthology of essays, letters, journal entries and poems written by about 100 military family members. The book, a National Endowment for the Arts project, was edited by Andrew Carroll, who also edited “War Letters.” Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Those realities are part of...
  • Why We Write

    01/25/2008 12:51:28 PM PST · by bs9021 · 63+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 25, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    Why We Write by: Malcolm A. Kline, January 25, 2008 In his commentary on the demise of the higher education beat on many newspapers, the head of the National Education Writers Association reveals that these writers and their editors may have become too close to their sources. “Coverage of elementary and secondary schools is closer to readers’ hearts, editors argue,” writes Richard Whitmire in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Higher education, by contrast, generally operates better and involves lots of out-of-town students.” Evidently, at least the public relations...
  • Calling All Writers Who Expressly Perfect Bind Their Own Books (Vanity)

    12/20/2007 9:07:15 PM PST · by ROTB · 10 replies · 204+ views
    Me | 12/20/2007 | Me
    I have a friend, who has written a book, and he is attempting to perfect bind the book on his own. He has run into problems with the single-sheet binding, where the pages, even with hot melt adhesive are not adhering to the spine properly. The pages are easily pulled out of the spine with an even side to side pull. He's come to the point where he believes he as a single individual cannot purchase the best hot melt adhesive, and it is only sold to industry book binders. Any thoughts on this? Any help? Is there a type...