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 information becomes available. Our thoughts [….]

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 founder editor who is 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 Category 5 shitstorm now brewing [….]

New Uses for Old Books

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We love Pinterest. It’s basically crack for voyeurs, but it’s also a great medium for the very crafty to display their talents. Being the books nerds that we are, we couldn’t help scouring the never-ending site for some of our favorite new uses for old books. Do you have a clever idea for recycling 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 them in two places: a [….]

Ten Books Every Woman Should Read

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We’re pretty sure you’re tired of hearing about the election. We know, we know, but we wanted to remind you female LitStackers that Monday celebrated the first time, in 1872, Suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony cast her first ballot. Things didn’t end well for her on that day, but it was Anthony and the thousands [….]

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. We are in a constant [….]