Why I Never Participated in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, occurs every November. It completely slipped my mind that National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, happens this month. With everything else going on, I'd actually allowed myself to forget that it even existed. It was fairly easy to do because...

Harper Lee’s 2nd Novel isn’t Really Her Second

The much-talked about second novel from author Harper Lee, who gave us To Kill a Mockingbird 55 years ago isn't actually her second novel: it was the first! A controversy continues brewing about the so-called second novel from Harper Lee, which is scheduled to hit bookstores some time this year....
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Britannica Stops the Presses

If you happen to be furnishing a nice study in your home and you feel that it wouldn’t be complete without a nice leather-bound encyclopedia, don’t waste any time. That’s because Encyclopædia Britannica has ended its print run.
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Finally, I Talked Myself Into It…

I did it. I ordered myself a Kindle. I know that some of you are in absolute shock that I didn’t order an iPad. I had two good reasons for that: First, they’re just too expensive right now. Second, I intend to have an iPhone either late this year or...

New ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Censors ‘N-Word’

An Alabama publisher says it’s trying to get Mark Twain’s classic novel Huckleberry Finn back into classrooms by dropping instances of the N-word from the text. That word occurs more than 200 times in the novel and is being replaced with the word slave. The book’s editor, himself a Twain...

Missing George? Hang In There a Few More Months!

There’s that famous billboard that features a photo of President George W. Bush with the phrase,“Miss me, yet?”  Though it’s hard to imagine, I suppose there are those who do. But this fall, they’ll get a major dose of Ol’ George. The former president is releasing his memoir, Decision Points,...

Examining Integrity…One Day at a Time

How would you define integrity? It’s an important question because the level of it we possess in the eyes of others is a big part of defining who we are. Back in April, when I flew out to California to help my friend Archie and the rest of the South...

Read Any Good Digital Files Lately?

Amid word that sales of the Kindle ebook reader wound up being the biggest-selling gift item ever puchased in Amazon’s history, there’s also an analysis about what makes Kindle such a good choice for book buyers: maybe...just’s the fact that the majority of the ebook’s best-selling titles aren’t really...

The King of Long Books

I was in a bookstore the other day, just browsing, not buying, and I noticed that Stephen King has a new book out. An incredibly long book. Under the Dome comes in at just over 1,000 pages! And, yes, there is an unabridged audiobook version available, with a whopper of...
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