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How to Alienate an Audience: CNN Money and the Gaming Community

Last month CNN Money posted an interview of former Microsoft CEO Robbie Bach along with an article titled: “Videogames aren’t just for antisocial nerds!” Though both pieces do offer some insight into the gaming industry, Bach mainly appeared to be plugging his new book, and portraying a lopsided vision and a misunderstanding of the average American […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s International Food Market is Coming to Life

Anthony Bourdain has gained world notoriety in the last decade with the wild success of his foodie adventure shows No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown. For those of us who’ve obsessively watched his travels and desperately wished we could sample all of the delicious, hard-to-find morsels he features on his programs, our dreams are […]

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Celebrating the Most Anticipated New Lit Magazine of 2015, Freeman’s

John Freeman is the former editor-in-chief of Granta magazine based out of London.  He is showcasing his most recent literary endeavor and passion project, Freeman’s, a bi-annual literary magazine in New York City on September 28th. Although Freeman had much success at the renowned Granta magazine, an unexpected turn of events saw the magazine’s funds in grave decline. The […]

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The Southern Façade of Pro-LGBTQ Initiatives

Bill Konigsberg, an author and writer for the Huffington Post, has recently embarked on a journey through the South and Midwest to initiate a discussion with and about the LGBTQ youth and community. He is representing The Trevor Project in this Awareness Tour in order to share his coming out story. He offers words of encouragement […]

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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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Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was Published on This Day in 1952

It was on this day in 1952, that Earnest Hemingway’s widely popular novel The Old Man and the Sea was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. It was the last major work that the author would complete and granted him much praise and awards. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and had firmly made […]

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A Call for More Poetry in the Curriculum of K-12 Students

The Academy of American Poets has been working for years to broaden public interest in and access to American poetry. In terms of publishing, poetry is one of the hardest genres to have success in. Poem-a-Day was started in 2006 and now reaches an audience of more than 300,000 people. This program releases one new […]

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NPR Challenges Misrepresentation of Islam

NPR’s Muslim Artists, Now series attempts to close the gap in our understanding of Islam and the cultures that it has helped shape. The series reveals how art can change the perspective of the Muslim community in the world at large. Few things are more widely misrepresented than Islam. This stems from the medias portrayal […]

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Zinsters Take over the City for NYC Zine Weekend

If you haven’t heard, July is international Zine Month. This weekend, July 24th, The NYC Zine Weekend brings zine-related events to the city. Zines (an abbreviation of magazine) denotes a hand-made and self-published magazine, which usually includes mixed-media and can be fiction based, nonfiction based, or a combination of the two. Zines are also known to […]

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Electric Words: Evolutions in the Publishing Industry

In the 1960’s and 1970’s the American shopping mall spread virally across the land and the book publishing industry would never be the same. The change that took place is due to a direct correlation between the physical space of the shopping mall stores and what was being bought and sold by the publishing houses. […]

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AP English Class Reads Explicit Ginsberg Poem, Award-Winning Teacher Penalized

In 1957 Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl dealt with subject matter that the public was not at all prepared for or accustomed to even regard as art. The poem depicts explicit homosexual love scenes, which was at the time, misunderstood and rarely accepted in mainstream society. The historical absence of rhetoric for these kinds of topics is well […]

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Calling All Poets: Regal Verses For Princess Charlotte

Think your poetry skills are of regal quality? Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is in need of a few, but finely crafted verses in dedication to her royalty. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was first commissioned to write a poem for the new princess, but turned it down. It is not the first time that Duffy […]

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