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Authors and Booksellers Take on the Behemoth that is Amazon

This year Amazon became the number one retailer in the world, finally surpassing Walmart to become the premier global marketplace. As a sign of the modern times, Amazon reached this pinnacle without opening a single brick and mortar store. From the retailer who practically invented e-commerce, all transactions are online. And among those markets Amazon […]

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NASA’s Free E-book on How to Talk to Aliens

Hello, fellow earthlings! As our ability to travel in space continues to expand, there are many questions being raised about the possibility of encountering an intelligent alien species. What will they look like? How will we communicate with them? Do they come in peace? Obviously, if there is alien life technologically advanced enough to travel […]

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Friday Fiction Recommendation: “School” by Melissa Goodrich

Welcome to the end of summer and the beginning of autumnal mornings with blustery afternoons. Perhaps Melissa Goodrich’s story “School” won’t give you the feel-goods about the back-to-school-season, but it does offer an incredibly rich portrayal of the battle of the sexes, played out in these angsty students who can’t see beyond the stereotypes they’ve […]

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Explaining Gender Identity to Children Through Books

“How do I explain it to my kids?” Talking to kids about gender is a new topic that parents have to prepare themselves to discuss. However, introducing children to diversity that they may not experience inside the home is important. It is within the rights of the parents to have a respectful, intelligent discussion about […]

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Long Novels Worth the Commitment

There’s something oh-so-satisfying about sinking into a long novel, one that you know you won’t blow through on your lunch breaks by the middle of the week. Sometimes it seems like delving into long novels is a commitment we aren’t always willing to make. Maybe it’s our obsession with instant gratification or our inability to […]

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Friday Fiction Recommendation: Nathan Englander’s “Free Fruit For Young Widows”

Nathan Englander’s “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a remarkable investigation into the pitfalls and ambiguity of morality. Englander is a writer from West Hempstead, Long Island. He lived in Israel for five years in the 1990s and now resides in Brooklyn. In 2010, The New Yorker published his short story, “Free Fruit for Young Widows”, […]

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New Book Releases in August: Next Month’s Literary Menu

August, summer’s denouement. Though this month can be a bit of a drag as it reminds us of the ever encroaching end of summer, there is still one thing to look forward to and that’s books. When in doubt … read a lot. It just so happens that there’s a sufficient batch of fiction, nonfiction, […]

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The Best Small Presses to Get Your Poetry Published

The idea of trying to get your work published can be anxiety inducing for a burgeoning poet, and publishing a chapbook may seem like an impossible dream. Chances are you’ve heard countless stories of rejection, and maybe it’s made you pessimistic. Maybe, despite feeling confident that you have a complete collection of poetry, you aren’t […]

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5 Books To Better Understand Gender Identity

Tackling transgender issues on a national platform has been called the civil rights issue of our time. In the past year, we’ve seen a surge in the conversation on gender fluidity–from Facebook offering more than binary gender options to Caitlyn Jenner’s moving openness and honesty during her transition. But some of us who are well-intentioned […]

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TV Shows and Movies That Would Make Great Literature

There are books that translate fabulously into cinema, and others that should never have been altered from their original state of perfection. But are there works of television and certain movies that would do well as books? When we can engage with films and TV in a way that trumps mindless entertainment, it more or less puts […]

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