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Annie Proulx in praise of the happy ending

Annie Proulx just won the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution, and she gave a wonderful acceptance speech in praise of the happy ending.  Here are some highlights, but you can read the whole thing over at Vulture: “Although … Continue reading

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Remembering Anne Frank – How her story lives on long after her death

It was 75 years ago this summer that a young Jewish girl named Anne Frank started keeping a diary in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  During the course of her diary, the teen ager would be forced into hiding in a … Continue reading

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Amazing Exhibit on Publishing, Luther & Reformation at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Over Christmas break I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that is showing through January 15th.  While much of the focus of the exhibit is, unsurprisingly, … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s wrong with a Bloomingdale’s ad that suggests you secretly spike your date’s drink? ‘Cause date rape is always in style, Bloomies… (To be fair, after they got ripped on social media, the store apologized. How do you make money … Continue reading

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Sex and the News

Over the last several weeks sex has been finding its way into the news in a variety of ways.  Here’s a quick summary of a couple of these stories: Duke students object to having Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel  Fun Home on … Continue reading

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When Words Matter

The words we use matter intensely.  Sometimes they tell others a lot about who we are.  Sometimes when we use the wrong words we hurt people we hadn’t intended to.  And sometimes we don’t have any idea what the actual … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 4 – Young Adult & Children’s Bestsellers

The New York Times has several bestseller lists that deal with books targeted at children and young adults.  Take a look to see if your favorites are still on the list.  Note that books for children and young adults typically stay … Continue reading

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Advice to Writers

Ten suggestions for better writing from famous writers:

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Pre-class and In-class video: Talking About Books

Several videos for our discussion in class this week about books.  And yes, I’m running about a week behind in class.  There was way too much to talk about in the business chapter! History of the Printing Press Back in … Continue reading

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Reposting – Questioning The Hunger Games

Last evening I went to see the movie Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games with students in my media literacy class.  As you all no doubt know, Suzanne Collins wrote the hugely successful young adult three-volume series that … Continue reading

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