RIP: Tom Clancy

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Story Developing: The New York Times and several reliable sources are reporting that author Tom Clancy has passed away in a hospital in Baltimore. Clancy penned the popular Jack Ryan series, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger, among many others. We will update you as more […]

The Paris Review Celebrates 60 Years

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Over at the Paris Review, you can catch what might be a singular opportunity: James Salter, Mona Simpson, John Jeremiah Sullivan and Lorin Stein in conversation with Charlie Rose on the celebrated magazine’s sixtieth anniversary. The conversation, which recently took place, is a look at back at George Plimpton, the […]

Phrases You Should Be Using (Link)

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From Salon.com: Language is an epochal marker of sorts; particular words and phrases document a time’s zeitgeist for future retrospection. Over in Europe, this was most recently illustrated by Germany’s move to honor the chaos of this moment by enshrining the word “shitstorm” in the annals of etymology. Considering the […]

18 Obsolete Words, Which Never Should Have Gone Out of Style

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From Death and Taxes Mag: Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely. Here are 18 uncommon or obsolete words that we think may have died early. We found […]

Why It’s Okay to Suck

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Writing isn’t easy. From my vantage point, writing isn’t some glamorous little task pulled off with little effort by we brave few who have a tight grasp on proper grammar. Writing, quite simply, is very hard work. That notion is exacerbated by the intrinsic self- doubting nature of the writer. […]