All About Reading … with a little Writing

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ReadingInthetub     In the past two weeks, we’ve all heard about the 90-second reading application which enables you to read a single book in about three hours.  In my mind, I’ve compared it with trying to read the compressed credits at the end of a television program or movie.  To me, it was as much about keeping up with the speed of the rolling list as it was the size – but I finally developed a system, and it worked.  For more info on the 90-second reading app for your phone or website, please visit:  http://www.spritzinc.com/

With thanks to Julien Smith, I also submit the following thread, for your perusal, for instructions on how to read a book every week.  I’ve been a member of the “book-a-week” club for some time; and, although I prefer physically turning the page to e-book reading, I think massaging your time to read a book a week when you have so many other commitments, is admirable.  For more, visit:  http://huff.to/1hThwzf

Finally, for those of you who are looking for another writing competition for Short Stories, here’s something that might interest you, as well:  http://bit.ly/1dqVKUm

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The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity . . . .

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Image“The question of why writers write holds especial mesmerism, both as a piece of psychological voyeurism and as a beacon of self-conscious hope that if we got a glimpse of the innermost drivers of greats, maybe, just maybe, we might be able to replicate the workings of genius in our own work. So why do great writers write?” – Maria Popova   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/JM29Mp 

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare: The Story behind the Story

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“Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare is a young adult fiction, write most known for her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments. 

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1akQwW0 

To watch this 5:13-minute, interview with Cassandra Clare, video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1iNWjWv

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An Interview with E. L. James, author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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E. L. James“Erika Leonard (born Erika Mitchell; 7 March 1963) , better known by the pen name E L James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The combined novels have sold over 35 million copies in the United States, and over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. 

In 2012,Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” – Wikipedia    For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1gkoH0W

To view the interview with Ms. James, visit: http://bit.ly/1lEct7o

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Patricia Highsmith – A Woman of Mystery

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“Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor.

Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature.Michael Dirda observed, “Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide and Camus.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1bPDMmG

To view this 1:46-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/KCgrzD

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A 6-Minute Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

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“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.  His works such as Cat’s Cradle 1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. 

The New York Times headline at the time of Vonnegut’s passing called Vonnegut “the counterculture’s novelist.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1lfEJgr

To view one of his last interviews (6 minutes) before his 2005 death, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hnVFRC

Happy New Year!