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Valentine’s Day: Fervent Love Letters by Famous Writers

by Isla McKetta on February 13, 2013

“On errands of life, these letters speed to death” – Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener It doesn’t take a writer to pen a romantic note; in fact, some of the most endearing letters are straight from the heart expressions and observations of your beloved, without all the fancy talk. But writers do have a way […]


What Gets Lost in Translation?

by Jack Martin on August 13, 2012

Robert Frost said, “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” But I never really understood what he meant until I was a 20-year-old student. Spanish to English In college, there was a class I always wanted to take. Hispanic Literature in Translation. I had always been a big reader, and my study of Spanish was […]


Your first question should be, “Why would anyone fake a Master of Fine Arts degree?” But there are times (mostly at parties) when you want that external measure of proof that you are both creative and educated. Read these seven books and spare yourself the student loans. Homework: MFA Reading List These seven books make […]


Famous Plagiarists and Their Copycat Ideas

by Doug Quixote on May 26, 2011

In the creative world, we all know it’s hard to come up with a truly unique idea. That’s why it diminishes the credibility of someone’s work when we find out it was plagiarized. From writing book reports to creating Billboard chart-topping singles, dipping into someone else’s intellectual property will get you in deep trouble. Just […]

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Show Me Your Shelves – Liza

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on March 21, 2011

Last week I introduced my newest project, Show Me Your Shelves in which you send me pictures of your books and I examine them, provide any book reviews, and comment in an otherwise willy-nilly manner. Please welcome: Liza L. from Taylors, SC From Liza: I don’t have actual bookshelves so my hardcover books sit on […]