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Watch Another Grandiose Trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby'

Watch Another Grandiose Trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby' | License to Read | Scoop.it

What's a director to do with one of the most famous and beloved novels of all time? Make it larger than life, insanely opulent, and epic—that's what. And with Baz Luhrmann's highly-anticipated and widely discussed adaptation.

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May 10, Old Sport.

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A New Chapter In The Story Of Henrietta Lacks : NPR

A New Chapter In The Story Of Henrietta Lacks : NPR | License to Read | Scoop.it
Henrietta Lacks was an African American tobacco farmer and mother of five. She died in 1951, but her cells were kept and studied by scientists without the knowledge of her family. The cells have been genetically sequenced once again without consent.
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Skloot's book "The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks" is an amazing story, so well researched and captivating. 

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Collaborate with Shakespeare, Poe, Nietzsche, et al.

Collaborate with Shakespeare, Poe, Nietzsche, et al. | License to Read | Scoop.it
Collaborate with William Shakespeare & Emily Dickinson Online
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Talk about motivation to keep writing... 

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A Look Inside Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library

A Look Inside Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library | License to Read | Scoop.it

When Marilyn Monroe died in August, 1962, she left behind a lot of broken hearts and some good books. 


[Her shelves] included no shortage of great literary works – everything from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, to Ulysses by James Joyce, to Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky... Woody Guthrie’s Bound For Glory, a work that inspired Bob Dylan and other troubadours, shared shelf space with The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper, still considered the definitive history of the American Communist Party.

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Arthur Miller knew a thing or two himself. Their romance is a great story.

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Book Buzz: 'Kite Runner' celebrates 10th anniversary

Book Buzz: 'Kite Runner' celebrates 10th anniversary | License to Read | Scoop.it

'The Kite Runner' celebrates its 10th anniversary...complete with a new foreword by author Khaled Hosseini. It spent almost five years on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list.

 

Just in time, too: Hosseini's new novel, And the Mountains Echoed, a multi-generational tale of families from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco, arrives May 21. 

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12 Poems for Book Lovers

12 Poems for Book Lovers | License to Read | Scoop.it

There are volumes of poetic tributes honoring love, nature, and even death, but books have frequently been a poet's greatest muse.

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"I Like Your Books"

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Vote for the Oddest Book Title of the Year | We Love This Book

Vote for the Oddest Book Title of the Year | We Love This Book | License to Read | Scoop.it
Book reviews, fiction and author features. We Love This Book is Britain's brightest and best new books magazine.
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Previous winners of this prestigious literary award include: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships, Living with Crazy Buttocks and, most recently, Cooking with Poo. The latter is a 114-page cookbook penned by a resident of the Klong Toey slum in Bangkok slum, Saiyuud Diwong, whose nickname, “Poo” is the Thai word for crab.

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The literary Oscar quiz

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During the Oscars on Sunday, there will be lots of glamour, gold and jewels but very few books. Yet before the stars, the lights, the effects and the costumes, there were words.
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Just got my first "F" ever.

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A Good Fit for Small Screens, Short Stories Are Selling

A Good Fit for Small Screens, Short Stories Are Selling | License to Read | Scoop.it
The short-story collection, often an underappreciated literary cousin of novels, is now enjoying the limelight, thanks to digital media.
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Shorter attention spans a likely cause.

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10 of the World’s Greatest Hotels Inspired by Literature – flavorwire

10 of the World’s Greatest Hotels Inspired by Literature – flavorwire | License to Read | Scoop.it
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What could be a better place to stay than an entire hotel organized by the Dewey Decimal system! Lovely as they appear, though, I'll pass on the "Heart of Darkness" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth" rooms. 

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | License to Read | Scoop.it
My take on visually presenting Kurt Vonnegut's theories about archetypal stories, designed after researching the subject. 11"x17" (click for larger version)

Via Karen Dietz
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Quite a few posters -- love all the visuals.

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Tribe Pictures's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:31 AM

Great infographic on Kurt Vonnegut's theories on story shapes 

Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, February 8, 2013 10:52 AM

A graphic designer's visual representation of story structure. Nice!

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To Tweet Or Not to Tweet? Shakespeare Plays Retold, Twitter-Style

To Tweet Or Not to Tweet? Shakespeare Plays Retold, Twitter-Style | License to Read | Scoop.it
We're such Shakespeare nerds (#humblebrag), we've gone and summarized the legendary playwright's works into "twitter speak" of 140 characters or less. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit!
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Henry IV:
#bromance goes sour when 2 friends, Prince Harry and Falstaff, are all #yolo #rkoi #dom until Harry inherits the crown and a conscience.

Taming of the Shrew:
Wanted: Fortune-seeking SWM with #nervesofsteel to woo and wed "temperamental" older sister so younger one can tie the knot.

Hamlet:
Murdered ghost dad convinces Morrissey-type to stage play & bust widow mom for hooking up w/uncle. Everyone dies, including #emogirlfriend.

King Lear:
Dad disses daughter for not kissing his a$$. Later regrets it when her way bitchy older sisters do him wrong. He goes #cray, big time.

The Tempest:
Girl finds #truelove on semi-deserted isle after dad effs with shipwrecked foes. Fairy and hairy brute join in the fun!

Macbeth:
Whipped by wife, Scottish dude starts killing spree after getting too stoked about psychic reading by 3 witches. #beingkingisoverrated

Romeo and Juliet:
Rebound relationship + family feud + busybody priest + chemically-induced slumber = tragedy.#blameRosaline

Othello:
Scoundrel talks Moor into believing his wife's a slut. Dude, it was only a handkerchief. Did you have to KILL her? #facepalm.

Cymbeline:
Banished boyfriend bets on his chick's virginity. Unhappy hijinks ensue, and decapitated corpse adds to confusion until all's sorted out.

A Winter's Tale:
Sure he's not the babydaddy, jerk king condemns queen and rejects infant daughter. FF 20 years and all 3 happily reunite! #schizophrenic

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Book Madness Final Four

Book Madness Final Four | License to Read | Scoop.it

Final Four voting this week!

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Three of my picks are still in the running. Big Brother, I'm watching you. 

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Weirdest Book Title Of The Year?

Weirdest Book Title Of The Year? | License to Read | Scoop.it
LONDON — A supernaturally tinged barnyard manual has won Britain's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for year's oddest book title.

 

"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop" by Reginald Bakeley was awarded the prize Friday by trade magazine The Bookseller.

 

The book took 38 percent of the votes in a public ballot, beating finalists including "How Tea Cosies Changed the World," "Was Hitler Ill?" and "God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis."

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Wasn't what I voted for, but I've gotta respect their logic for writing the work: 

"Reginald and I take this as a clear sign that people have had enough of goblins in their chicken coops," he said. "Our campaign against the fairy kingdom continues."

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Do Not Read' List

Jimmy Fallon's 'Do Not Read' List | License to Read | Scoop.it
Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" staff has a knack for finding the most absurd, disturbing and/or hilarious books, including such literary gems as. "Are Women Human?" and, "A Day In The Life Of Canada."
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Must-see TV (and don't miss the list below).

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9 Dead Authors With Insanely Active Social Media Accounts

9 Dead Authors With Insanely Active Social Media Accounts | License to Read | Scoop.it
Of course, Dorothy Parker is not the only lively dead author online. There are hundreds of sites where fans can connect with their favorite departed authors. Here are some of the best...
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 Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. --Mark Twain

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30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes

30 Gorgeous and Delicious Literary Cakes | License to Read | Scoop.it

This week, our mouths (and minds!) watered looking at a few delightful book cakes over at Shelf Life. Hungry as we are, we couldn't resist scouring the Internet for more...

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True brain food.

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Bronte fans in uproar after council fails to buy home where sisters grew up

Bronte fans in uproar after council fails to buy home where sisters grew up | License to Read | Scoop.it

Daily Mail
Bronte fans in uproar after council fails to buy home where sisters grew up ...

 

It is feared the house where the Bronte sisters were born could be turned into a bistro after Bradford Council failed to buy it before it was sold. 

 

Members of the Bronte Birthplace Trust tried to persuade the authority to buy the four-bedroom terrace in Market Street, Thornton, West Yorkshire, so it could be turned into a museum with book shop and cafe.

 


Via Mary Daniels Brown
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So, belly up and toast the ladies--in their own living room. 

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If ‘Star Wars’ And LOTR Featured Zombies… - DesignTAXI.com

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If ‘Star Wars’ And LOTR Featured Zombies… - DesignTAXI.com
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore townhouse on the market

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore townhouse on the market | License to Read | Scoop.it

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was only 36 when he moved to Baltimore in 1932, but he was deep in debt and living far from the glamorous life that he depicted in his 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby.” He was struggling to finish his follow-up to “Gatsby” while his wife, Zelda, attended and alternately stayed at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Enid Baines's insight:

Have the t-shirt and the phone case. Just need this house for the trifecta. Will take donations for the cause. The green light way down the street turns red once in awhile...guess that's good, all things considered.

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The Great Gatsby And Other Classics Given Pulp-Style Redesign

The Great Gatsby And Other Classics Given Pulp-Style Redesign | License to Read | Scoop.it
The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice and several other literary classics have been given a Pulp-style redesign.
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Lock up your daughters...Darcy's in town! 

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8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Great Avatar Creation Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | License to Read | Scoop.it
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Enid Baines's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:10 AM

Build your wild self, wild thing.

Chris Carter's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:27 PM

This looks like a Lot of fun!

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Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson to Star in 'The Book Thief' Movie (Exclusive)

Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson to Star in 'The Book Thief' Movie (Exclusive) | License to Read | Scoop.it
Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are set to topline Fox 2000’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief.
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Great, great book, and movie directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), but still over a year away, so plenty of time to re-read. 

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Body found under parking lot is King Richard III, scientists prove

Body found under parking lot is King Richard III, scientists prove | License to Read | Scoop.it
British scientists will announce Monday whether remains found buried beneath a parking lot last August are those of King Richard III, who died in 1485.
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Missing feet probably in the cement...concrete galoshes?

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