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Murder, She Wrote - The Queen of Crime

Nov 24, 2016

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE, was a prolific author of plays, short stories, and novels. She was born in Torquay, Devon, in the southwest part of England, on September 15, 1890. She was educated at home by her mother, who also encouraged her to write. Christie published her first book, The Mysterious Affairs at Styles, in 1920. It featured one of her most famous characters, Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective. By the time of Christie’s death in 1976, Hercule Poirot had appeared in thirty-three of Christie’s novels, in one of her plays, and in no less than fifty of her short stories. Christie introduced another well-loved character in 1927 when she wrote......

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It's Not about the Turkey

Nov 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is coming up, and before we dive into the preparations, let’s learn more about the holiday we’re about to celebrate. Historically, Thanksgiving is celebrated after a bountiful harvest. Back in 1621, colonists from Plymouth, England, shared an autumn harvest with the Wampanoag Indians after the pilgrims’ first corn harvest became successful. Since then, Thanksgiving was celebrated in the colonies. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held every November. The traditional Thanksgiving feast includes various dishes, such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and a whole roasted turkey. Today Thanksgi......

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Miguel de Cervantes: Soldier, Slave and Scribe

Nov 17, 2016

Miguel de Cervantes is one of Spain’s most renowned literary figures. But other than his success in literature, Cervantes was also a prominent military figure. Most of the early details of his life remain unknown because of the lack of available documentation during his time. Most of what is known about him comes from his own works. He is the fourth of seven children, and he was born September 29 in a town twenty miles from Madrid. Their family moved town to town often, and although he studied under Jesuits for a time, he did not have formal education in a university. He also studied under the tutelage of Juan Lopez de Hoyos, an Erasmist intellectual who referred to Cervantes as h......

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What? Geronimo Stilton Is a Woman!

Nov 10, 2016

If the name rings a bell, then you had probably read the Geronimo Stilton series like me. As a kid, it was my go-to read. I credit my love for reading to this awe-mouse-ing body of work. Even now, as an adult, I still love to read those books! In case you don’t know, Geronimo Stilton is a book series featuring the adventures and stories of a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City, Mouse Island. The Scholastic site describes it thus: “Geronimo Stilton runs the Rodent's Gazette, the most famouse newspaper on Mouse Island. His true passion is to write books, which all became best sellers! He also likes to read books, listen to classical music, and play golf, and he collects antiq......

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The Ballad of Bob Dylan

Oct 25, 2016

The Swedish Academy has recently announced the new awardee of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This year’s recipient is Bob Dylan. Dylan’s win received both negative and positive press online. Some were surprised as to why a musician won the most prestigious award in literature. Others agreed with the Swedish Academy’s decision and defended Bob Dylan as more than deserving the award. Regardless of the noise, Bob Dylan has already made his mark. He is, after all, a living legend. For starters, Bob Dylan’s original name is Robert Allen Zimmerman. He was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1961, following the tradition of Woody Guthrie, he began singing protest songs in c......

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Publishers Get Bang for Their Bulk Copyediting Buck with 1-Hour Proofreading

Oct 15, 2016

For publishers, a simple typo can range from harmless to major damage, which is why proofreading and copyediting always have to be thorough and consistent. In publishing, there is always the question of quantity versus quality. Given the advent of digital publishing, which has made it easier for books to be published than before, the demand for titles to be printed in a year outweighs the capacity of most publishers to ensure a thorough editing process for all the manuscripts they’ve received. Grammar errors and inconsistencies in published books abound, even in literary classics. Some of them are even considered as valuable for collectors. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck had a......

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The Little Prince: A Review

Oct 03, 2016

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella The Little Prince is one of the most translated books in the world, having been translated in over 250 languages and selling nearly two million copies each year. It has been adapted into numerous art forms through the years, from radio broadcasts to stage performances to operatic and ballet versions. A Japanese animated version was also made for the story in the 1970s (titled Hoshi no Ouji-sama Petit Prince or The Adventures of the Little Prince, consisting of 39 episodes), which had since then been dubbed in several languages, including French, Arabic, Italian, and German. Regardless of the many existing adaptations, The Little Prince still......

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Stranger than Strange: A Review

Sep 24, 2016

If you’re a fan of the eighties and the retro scene, then you’re going to enjoy Stranger Things, a Netflix drama that revolves around peculiar happenings in a small town in Indiana. References from the decade that saw massive technological advancements (with the birth of the Internet) and the beginning of globalization are generously sprinkled throughout all eight episodes, with echoes of sci-fi elements from The X-Files and E.T. And despite its relative newness, it has already amassed a cult following, rousing widespread obsession and even heated public debates. (Let’s talk about Barb, shall we? Or not. It’s a sore subject.) Stranger Things, created by brothers Matt and Ross Duff......

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