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Haruki Murakami: A Magical Realist for the 21st Century

Feb 02, 2017

If there’s one thing unique about the reading experience, it’s its ability to take us to various places without us having to leave our homes. With only words, writers are able to stop and fast-forward time. They are able to create new worlds or to write about the impossible as if it’s something we have always been living with. They are able to push reality beyond its limits while still keeping us grounded here on earth. Haruki Murakami is one such author with the capability of bending reality while keeping his stories distinctly human. His writing often overlaps the genes of science fiction and magical realism, coupled with drama. Growing up in Japan, Murakami often read Weste......

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Grammar Chaos: The Perils of Typo

Feb 01, 2017

In October 2010, Sarah Pompei meant to tweet in support of Meg Whitman for California governor. She sent out the tweet reading, “SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime http://bit.ly/bNCAV.” Nothing seems wrong, right? Except instead of the link leading to a video proving this show of support, it went to something else entirely: a Japanese band singing in tutus. The tweet had already reached thousands of people, and in the midst of all the confusion, Pompei could only offer one word in reply: “Oopsie.” Typos, short for typographical errors, are mistakes made during the typing process that are published.......

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Proofreading Service Provider 1-Hour Proofreading Rolls Out New Updates for 2017

Jan 30, 2017

1-Hour Proofreading opens 2017 with updated website, improved paying system. 1-Hour Proofreading closed the year 2016 strong with satisfied customers, overflowing referrals, and a successful promo. This year, it plans to further solidify its place as the fastest and most efficient proofreading service available online. To kick off the year, 1-Hour Proofreading rolled out several major updates on its website. These updates aim to make the user experience of the website, and the service itself, more efficient. 1-Hour Proofreading founder and marketing director, Dhea Olesen, revealed all the updates launched on January 24, 2017. Starting this year, 1-Hour Proofreading will start usin......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Captain, The Aunt and The Window

Jan 28, 2017

It’s a curious thing, the death of a loved one. It’s like climbing the stairs to your room in the dark, thinking that there’s one more stair than there is, then your foot falls in the air, and there is a sickening feeling of surprise.—Aunt Josephine In the series’s fifth and sixth episodes, the Baudelaires attempt to find a qualified adult to take care of them for the third time. Following their uncle Monty’s death, the siblings are sent off to their aunt Josephine, who lives close to a lake. The Baudelaires are told that their aunt is quite formidable, which they question upon meeting her. Aunt Josephine is shown to be extremely paranoid, who has a worst-case scenario for ever......

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Anne Rice: Queen of the Vampires

Jan 26, 2017

Anne Rice is the author of the widely popular Vampire Chronicles series, a saga that narrates the life of a vampire named Lestat. Anne’s works revolve around gothic fiction and Christian literature. Ironic, yes, but Anne has dealt with irony most of her life. Anne was born in New Orleans and spent most of her childhood there. Unfortunately, her parents were alcoholics, so she was practically raised by her maternal grandmother, Alice “Mamma Allen” Allen. She grew up in what she called a “Catholic ghetto” neighborhood and was raised Catholic. She even went to the same Catholic school that her father went to. Another interesting thing about Anne Rice is that her real name is Howard......

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Grammar Chaos: Appreciate the Apostrophe

Jan 25, 2017

Of all the punctuation marks we have, I feel bad for the apostrophe the most. Why? Out of all the punctuation marks, the apostrophe seems to be the one that everyone misuses. In fact, several websites even compiled list of signs, ads, and other public media that misused the apostrophe. (In case you don’t believe me, go to www.apostropheabuse.com or www.apostrophecatastrophes.com.) There’s even a society for the proper use of apostrophes! (Again, here’s the link for you nonbelievers: www.apostrophe.org.uk.) Apostrophes are a simple thing. They are used in possessives and contractions. Plurals don’t need an apostrophe. See, the rules are that simple. Regardless, a lot of people enjo......

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What’s Your Style? The CMS Format

Jan 24, 2017

Academic papers always follow a style guide. More often than not, these style guides are APA, MLA, or CMS. The CMS or the Chicago Manual of Style was created by the University of Chicago Press. Although the CMS is sometimes used for research in the humanities, it is more often utilized as a publication style guide. Started in 1891, the CMS used to be just a simple pamphlet used by editors and typesetters. As the influx of published materials grew, so did the CMS. Now in its sixteenth edition, the CMS is over a thousand pages long. Because the CMS is more for general publication than academic papers, it is a lot less complex and more flexible. While it dictates margin sizes and s......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Uncles and Iguanas and Snakes, Oh My!

Jan 21, 2017

Life is a conundrum of esoterica.—Uncle Monty One of the consistent things about the series is the constant warnings from both the writer Lemony Snicket and Count Olaf (through the opening credits) for the audience to stop watching. Despite these warnings, however, the story continues. The third and fourth episodes of the Netflix series are an adaptation of the series’s second novel, The Reptile Room. The episode continues from the event where the Baudelaire orphans are taken away from Count Olaf after being maltreated. The episode starts with the Baudelaires being taken to their uncle, a herpetologist named Dr. Montgomery “Monty” Montgomery. Monty is shown to be really......

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