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Survey gets a read on e-readers

Survey gets a read on e-readers

A fifth of American adults say they have read an e-book in the past year. They read more frequently than their print-loving counterparts and they’re more likely than others to have bought rather than borrowed their most recent book. Those are some of the findings of the Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Reading …

Six degrees of reading

Six degrees of reading

Want to see books similar to the ones you’re reading? Head over to Yasiv, a site that uses Amazon data to create a flowchart of recommendations. Created by Andrei Kashcha, the site serves up a web of book covers that, when clicked, lead to information about those titles. There’s also a box on the left …

A tale of two writers

A tale of two writers

Two contemporary American authors recommend themselves for their use of the English language, mystery writer Will Thomas and poet Barbara Hamby. They have little in common. Their subject matter and style don’t match. Yet each handles the language with vigor and grace without sacrificing the forward motion often missing in literary works. In the five …

The Fog

Slowly the fog, Hunch-shouldered with a grey face, Arms wide, advances, Finger-tips touching the way Past the dark houses And dark gardens of roses. Up the short street from the harbour, Slowly the fog, Seeking, seeking; Arms wide, shoulders hunched, Searching, searching, Out through the streets to the fields, Slowly the fog – A blind …

The accidental publicist

The accidental publicist

First we had cavemen sitting around the fire telling stories. Then gossips and reporters. Then came chat and blogs and we cycled back to citizen journalists. With the rise of social media we now have citizen publicists. Like volunteer journalist, they want to speak their mind. When they listen, they want to hear what their …

Seven questions for Barbara Aline Blanchard

Seven questions for Barbara Aline Blanchard

The mellow mouth of my French horn Is worth all the jade or silver Or the superficial birthright Of an old family of scholars That I’d trade for Scottish whiskey And the junk I learned in college. That’s how Barbara Aline Blanchard begins the poem that begins her book, I Was a College Dropout: the …

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