Shakespeare and the Original Pronunciation

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Check out this very cool clip on the original pronunciations of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. From Open University: An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Maggie Stiefvater – How Bad Teens Become Famous

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We love this TED from 2010 by author Maggie Stiefvater. Reposted on her Tumblr account when she was asked by a follower: “I want to be like you when I grown up. How do I do that?” The response is brilliant. Our favorite line: “There’s a very fine line between brilliance and deviance.” Maggie Stiefvater [….]

Video: Romance Is My Day Job

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We love this behind-the-scenes look at the life a Harlequin editor, Patience Bloom. Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story. Source Be sure to catch ‘Romance is My Day Job’ when it launches February 6. Who knows [….]

Harry Potter ‘Fanfic on Film’ is Pretty Cool

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12 years ago, on Nov. 16, the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” opened in theaters, starting an eight film series that would go on to gross more than $7 billion. It has been over two years since the final film was released, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Wren Weichman from continuing the story [….]

Soundbite: Jason Lee Norman on ’40 Below’

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You guys, it’s so cold! Of course some of us (hello, we’re in Louisiana), aren’t feeling quite as fridgid as some of you. No one, we don’t think, is as cold as LitStack contributor Jason Lee Norman. He’s the editor of 40 Below, Edmonton’s Winter Anthology of stories, poems, and essays about or inspired by [….]

Martin on His ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspiration

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Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin describes the realities of human nature that underpin the success of the book series that spawned a hit television series. Transcript You can also watch the full version of this interview. CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: The land of Westeros is the mythical setting for the blockbuster book and mini-series that [….]

A Day In The Life Of A Writer

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From The Huffington Post: A writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to brew coffee, eventually change out of your pajamas, worry about your potential physical ailments, check e-mail AND seek moral support on Facebook. Oh, and actually sitting down to get some writing done [….]