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Decoding Dan Brown

Jan 19, 2017

While some readers read to escape, others do so to further stimulate their minds. And there is no shortage of writers who are great at creating mind-boggling stories that will leave readers with more questions than answers. Thriller author Dan Brown is someone who has succeeded in doing so. With fewer than ten titles under his belt, all his novels are not only great stories but also great puzzles. The eldest of three children, Brown was born in New Hampshire to musician parents. His father taught math at Phillips Exeter Academy and wrote textbooks. Brown eventually graduated from the same academy. Brown has been interested in puzzles, ciphers, and cryptographs since childhood......

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Grammar Chaos: Should We Ax the Oxford?

Jan 18, 2017

A newspaper had this to say about a documentary about Merle Haggard: “The documentary was filmed over three years. Among those interviewed were his two ex-wives, Kris Kristofferson and Robert Duvall.” This seemingly harmless sentence caused a debate to spark between two factions in the world of English grammar: the pro-Oxfords and the anti-Oxfords. The argument? Whether or not there should be a comma separating the names of the two latter names. For those who are not in the know, the Oxford comma is the punctuation mark that comes before the word “and.” To illustrate, users of the Oxford comma would say, “I had eggs, toast, and coffee for breakfast,” while those against it......

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What’s Your Style? Harvard Referencing

Jan 17, 2017

One of the most important things to remember when writing an academic paper is citing your sources. Depending on what style guide you apply, the kind of citation you use may vary. Citation types include footnotes, endnotes, and parenthetical citations. Parenthetical citation or in-text citation is also called Harvard citation. However, there is no direct link between the Harvard University and the style. The reason it was named such is that this type of citation was first used by Harvard professors in the nineteenth century. Harvard referencing is not a full academic style guide but simply a system for referencing. It comes in two forms: in-text citations and a reference list.......

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Good, the Bad, and the Unfortunate

Jan 14, 2017

I am Count Olaf, the renowned actor and your new guardian. You're welcome.—Count Olaf After a mildly successful film and the end of a thirteen-novel series, fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events are sure to fawn over the latest adaptation of Snicket’s tales on Netflix. The complete first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events consisting of eight episodes was released on the streaming website on January 13, 2017. The first season adapts the first four books in the series. The series has been renewed for a second season, which will span ten episodes on the next five books, and a third season is expected to adapt the final four. The first two episodes adapt the first novel, Th......

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Amy Tan: Storyteller of Chinese American Experience

Jan 12, 2017

As individuals, immigrants experience the world differently. They are often confused in choosing between a culture that is in their blood and one that surrounds them. Amy Tan is one writer who explores the experiences of Chinese Americans as well as their families. Born in the United States to immigrant parents from China, Amy grew up with the same expectations that Asian children knew all too well. Her parents wanted her to become a doctor and a concert pianist. Secretly, she wanted to be an artist. Growing up, Amy tried her best to meet her parents’ expectations. Following several family tragedies, including the death of her father and brother, Amy earned a double degree in E......

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Grammar Chaos: Decluttering Your Documents

Jan 11, 2017

Writers, no matter the amount of experience and the caliber of skill, are prone to mistakes. They are, after all, merely human. There are mistakes that can slide right by the eyes of an inattentive reader. Redundancy is one of them. Admit it, we writers have a pretty bad habit of trying to use way too many words in an effort to impress our readers. This is why we often use redundancies and fail to spot them immediately. Many would think that redundancy is the combination of two words that have similar meaning. In fact, redundancies come in many forms. Redundancy occurs in phrases wherein the adjective or adverb used is already in the meaning of the word. Examples of this type inclu......

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What’s Your Style? The APA Format

Jan 10, 2017

When writing an academic paper, you will be required to follow a certain style book. This style book contains a set of rules for you to follow in terms of formatting, content, and citation. With the number of research papers, journals, theses, and dissertations, it can be very hard to sort through them. Style books or guides are very important as they provide uniformity to manuscripts. They make it easier to read and to look for information needed. The APA format is one of the most widely used style guides in academics. It’s used for psychology, social sciences, biology, anthropology, education, nursing, and other empirical disciplines. APA is intended to make scientific resear......

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Once Upon a Time Season 5: The Darkness Inside

Jan 07, 2017

The fifth season of Once upon a Time was a big shift for the series. After four seasons of tackling fairy tales and happy endings almost exclusively, the fifth season has moved to classic tales and started exploring the darker side of its main characters. The end of the previous season showed that things were changing in Storybrooke and in the Enchanted Forest big-time. After finding the author and discovering his incapability, Regina decided that she needed to make a happy ending for herself. Upon the lifting of the role-reversal curse, the power of the Dark One, which was previously contained in Rumpelstiltskin, found no host, and Emma had to make the ultimate sacrifice—becomi......

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