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5 ways to get rid of your damn empty modifiers

5 ways to get rid of your damn empty modifiers | Biblio | Scoop.it

An empty modifier is any word whose only role is to intensify the word it's modifying. The prime candidates here are 'very' and 'really', but 'extremely', 'intensely', 'totally', 'absolutely', 'quite', and many other emphatic modifiers make the list.

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My grandfather was a gun-running psychopath who hung with William S. Burroughs

My grandfather was a gun-running psychopath who hung with William S. Burroughs | Biblio | Scoop.it

Ryan Fletcher: Paul Lund was a serial womanizer, a career criminal, and a friend of the Beats. He was also, as I recently found out, the father my mom never met.

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Misplaced: why do novelists disguise real locations?

Misplaced: why do novelists disguise real locations? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Whether to spare local feelings, to emphasise that their stories are fiction, or to license fanciful embroidering, writers love to hide the actual settings of their work.

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James Bond: Pussy Galore to make comeback in Anthony Horowitz novel Trigger Mortis

James Bond: Pussy Galore to make comeback in Anthony Horowitz novel Trigger Mortis | Biblio | Scoop.it

Pussy Galore, one of the best known Bond Girls, is to make a return in Anthony Horowitz’s new Bond novel Trigger Mortis, which he hopes will be 'the most authentic James Bond novel anyone has ever written'.

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Georges Bataille talks about literature & evil in his only TV interview

Georges Bataille talks about literature & evil in his only TV interview | Biblio | Scoop.it

Bataille’s fans expect from him a certain amount of taboo violation, though executed in a specific literary form — not just prose, but the distinctive sort of prose, whether spoken or written, brought to perfection by midcentury French intellectuals.

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Hear Albert Camus deliver his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

Hear Albert Camus deliver his Nobel Prize acceptance speech | Biblio | Scoop.it

Camus’ concerns display a defining characteristic: his sense of writing as a political act, which he honed as a journalist for leftist and anti-colonial newspapers, most notably France’s resistance paper Combat, edited by Camus from 1943 to 1947.

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'Meme', 'clickbait', 'emoji' enter the Merriam-Webster dictionary

'Meme', 'clickbait', 'emoji' enter the Merriam-Webster dictionary | Biblio | Scoop.it

The dictionary has grown by more than 1,700 entries, and existing entries have expanded by more than 700 new senses.

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Too different and too familiar: the challenge of French-Canadian literature

Too different and too familiar: the challenge of French-Canadian literature | Biblio | Scoop.it

Dialogue between Quebec and the rest of North America is practically nonexistent. Raymond Bock’s Atavismes: Histoires is the latest work of fiction that could help improve the situation.

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Can tweets be literature?

Can tweets be literature? | Biblio | Scoop.it

Tao Lin and Mira Gonzalez have introduced a new genre to the literary canon in Selected Tweets, their collection of Twitter output published in a tête-bêche volume for paperback consumption.

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Hear Orson Welles read Edgar Allan Poe on a cult classic album by The Alan Parsons Project

Hear Orson Welles read Edgar Allan Poe on a cult classic album by The Alan Parsons Project | Biblio | Scoop.it

f someone asks whether you like Tales of Mystery and Imagination, you’d better clarify which Tales of Mystery and Imagination they mean: the first complete collection of horror and suspense stories by master of psychological unease Edgar Allan Poe, or the first album by The Alan Parsons Project?

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E.E. Cummings on what it really means to be an artist and his little-known line drawings

E.E. Cummings on what it really means to be an artist and his little-known line drawings | Biblio | Scoop.it

'The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself'.

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Europe's 10 most beautiful libraries

Europe's 10 most beautiful libraries | Biblio | Scoop.it

From Baroque spaces to contemporary designs, Europe boasts some of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

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Listen to Saul Bellow read from Humboldt's Gift and Henderson the Rain King

Listen to Saul Bellow read from Humboldt's Gift and Henderson the Rain King | Biblio | Scoop.it

Norman Rush: I hadn’t heard Saul Bellow read from his works until recently, when I was given this recording. A surprise for me was that there was no surprise in Bellow, the man, reading. He was exactly the quick, rueful, ironical, winsome, laid-back, Olympian-but-fighting-it character the alter egos who had starred so prominently in his novels had prepared me to expect.

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Ten commandments of writing

Ten commandments of writing | Biblio | Scoop.it
Karen E. Bender: 'The role of literary fiction in our culture? I feel so strongly the importance of deep, complex literary fiction'.
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Independent booksellers continue to add new stores

Independent booksellers continue to add new stores | Biblio | Scoop.it

The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations.

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Finders Keepers by Stephen King: writers, beware your fans

Finders Keepers by Stephen King: writers, beware your fans | Biblio | Scoop.it

A psychopath’s literary obsession spells bad news for his favourite author – and for the teenager who discovers his unpublished works.

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Understanding China's complex publishing landscape

Understanding China's complex publishing landscape | Biblio | Scoop.it

China’s current publishing landscape is at once exciting and complex, and is in the midst of a significant transformation through its opening up to the world in commerce and culture, and through the impact of technology that is, as elsewhere, radically changing the way its readers consume and share written content.

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Jane Austen inspired my escort name

Jane Austen inspired my escort name | Biblio | Scoop.it

'Marianne Dashwood' was by far my most successful Backpage ad: men wanted to date her, save her, own her.

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For Grammar Nazis: amusing mugs that make sure you use the correct words

For Grammar Nazis: amusing mugs that make sure you use the correct words | Biblio | Scoop.it

If you are the kind who are particular about proper grammar usage, you would probably have been annoyed by someone else’s lack of regard for it. Now, you can hint at their grammatical sloppiness by giving them one, or all six, of these humorous and useful ‘Grammar Grumble Mugs’ by The Literary Gift Company.

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George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia

George Orwell's son embarks on pilgrimage to save war site that inspired Homage to Catalonia | Biblio | Scoop.it

For Richard Blair, the sight of the sandbagged trenches outside the Spanish village of Alcubierre gives rise to strong emotions. It was here that his father, George Orwell, came within millimetres of death as a sniper’s bullet traversed his neck and nearly robbed the world of some of modern literature’s greatest works.

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Stop boring on about feminist role models in books: children don't care, says Helen Skelton

Stop boring on about feminist role models in books: children don't care, says Helen Skelton | Biblio | Scoop.it

The Blue Peter presenter says children 'just like to read about people doing cool things in cool places'.

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Leonard Nimoy reads Ray Bradbury stories from The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man

Leonard Nimoy reads Ray Bradbury stories from The Martian Chronicles & The Illustrated Man | Biblio | Scoop.it

Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice; the now departed Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Mr. Spock, also contributed to science fiction a highly distinctive voice.

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The only drawing from Maurice Sendak's short-lived attempt to illustrate The Hobbit

The only drawing from Maurice Sendak's short-lived attempt to illustrate The Hobbit | Biblio | Scoop.it

Whatever the ultimate obstacle, Sendak completed just two drawings for the book; the only one that survives shows us how he envisioned the hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins and the wizard Gandalf.

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Vivian Gornick: a woman on the margins

Vivian Gornick: a woman on the margins | Biblio | Scoop.it

An interview with Vivian Gornick about the problem with writing programs, the memoir's potential for dishonesty, and finding her way as a writer. By Jessica Gross.

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