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Literary Misinterpretations and New Insights by James L. Secor | The Write Room Blog

Literary Misinterpretations and New Insights by James L. Secor | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

From the first time I read Oedipus Rex all the way through doctoral studies, all I heard was that Oedipus was the tragic hero, the man fated to fall; I heard that he suffered from hybris–excessive, overweening pride–as all the tragic heroes do. (This is, incidentally, not true; the more so regarding Oedipus.)

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Oedipus suffered but he was not the author of his tragedy; he did not bring it down on himself via pomp and circumstance. He was not due for a fall, for a comeuppance, like his mother-wife.  But is he not to blame? He did not know. In his ignorance is he innocent?  Now. . .what do you see?

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Betrayal by Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog

Betrayal by Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

“I still remember the day after the emperor set fire to my portion of the city as if it were yesterday” – Philippe Rouseff on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

 

I took my wife to Mass more to please her than from any desire of my own.  I watched as the priest lifted the loaf and intoned the words, “On the night in which he was betrayed…” Bile rose up in my throat at the words.  I knew betrayal.

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Submitted by Delinda McCann

This story is told from a different perspective in the book M’TK Sewer Rat: End of an Empire. This is the first record of Mr. Rouseff’s side of the story of the day he met his longtime friend Jacob Jaconovich, then the assistant stationmaster.

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Friends sharing their thoughts and books.


Via Kenneth Weene
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This is the new home of some really GREAT writers! Check it out!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:34 PM

The current piece on The Write Room Blog is about ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
  Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

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Israel Herrera's comment, May 29, 2013 8:32 PM
q bueno
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:45 PM

This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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Amazon.com: The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale (9781434805140): Marilyn Armstrong: Books

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The 12-Foot Teepee: A Survivor's Tale [Marilyn Armstrong] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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With emotional debris from an abused childhood and besieged by crises, Maggie launches an improbable journey to redefine herself by building a teepee in her backyard. Amidst oak trees and blackberry brambles, Maggie finds an untraditional path a her own version of salvation. Her ironic view of the world and sense of humor never abandon her. Maggie's faces painful issues, but she copes, grows, heals, and moves on with life. She learns she need not define herself by the bad stuff that happened to her. The 12-Foot Teepee embraces life. It's shocking, funny, relevant and irreverent.

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The Thing With Feathers: Anne Sweazy-Kulju: 9781618623102: Amazon.com: Books

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The Thing With Feathers [Anne Sweazy-Kulju] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations.
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Another GOOD book from Select Writers' Group!

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10 Most Creative Furniture Inspired by Books

10 Most Creative Furniture Inspired by Books | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
If you love both books and furniture, you will love these 10 cool designs.

Via Kenneth Weene
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May be a cool idea for some but I still think books are for reading. Perhaps the designs where the books are still removeable would be okay.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:43 AM

As an author, I'm not sure if I love or hate some of these uses of books. Hey, my books are meant for reading not for holding up a counter, but once you've read them I guess it's cool to put them on display this way.

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The Castle Charmeine... The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido

The Castle Charmeine... The Light-Bearer Series by Emily Guido | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
The 411 on MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Let's begin with the occupants of The Castle Charmeine...

 

 

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Emily Guido provides insight into the characters of The Light-Bearer Series. Meet the characters, as well as watch the trailers for all her books!

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» There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson Karen Baney

» There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson Karen Baney | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
There Is No Gray In Moral Failure by Yves N. Johnson

Via Christ Is My Savior Ministries
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Great interview! Read about all the wonderful works in progress by Yves Johnson!

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Christ Is My Savior Ministries's curator insight, February 18, 2013 11:15 PM

I want to thank Karen for the great opportunity to be interviewed!  It is great feeling to have someone want to know about your product.

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When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here's How We Designed Our Own

When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here's How We Designed Our Own | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here's How We Designed Our Own

 

What would you do if your city announced it would close 19 out of 25 local libraries? Protest, complain, become a cynic, or take action and create something new? A group of residents from Rotterdam chose the latter when we learned that our libraries would be closing by the end of 2012.

 

We saw the situation as a cultural and social disaster. We quickly devised a strategy in which we invited people from the neighborhood to tell us what their ideal "reading room" would look like, and what they would be willing to do to make it happen. These conversations led to a whole range of ideas, and helped us envision what the reading room could be. The meetings also started building a community that could work together to make the idea real.

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There is hope for BOOKS and the places that house them!

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Adele Park's Quirky Audio Books

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Audiobook auhor Adele Park's talks about It Matters Radio and my review of "YIKES"


Via Kenneth Weene
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Whether auditorily or via the printed word, reading waters the mind and leaves a thirst for more!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:06 AM

It is really rewarding when our guests on It Matters Radio appreciate the effort that goes into putting together a great show.

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MARTA MERAJVER-KURLAT

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Marta Merajver-Kurlat is an Argentine author whose attraction to the ways in which mankind tells its own history encouraged her to undertake studies in myth, languages, literature, psychology, and ...
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Marta has published three novels, a study guide to Joyce’s “Ulysses”, a biography on Korean award-winning film-maker Kim ki-Duk, and the self-help series “Bibliotreatment” (four volumes), all under contract with Jorge Pinto Books Inc., New York, N.Y.

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Amazon.com: Crossroads (9781466335066): Steven Nedelton: Books

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Crossroads [Steven Nedelton] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. A fascinating and entertaining story of cold war espionage, highly recommended.
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"A fascinating and entertaining story of cold war espionage, highly recommended."

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A Poetic Journey | The Write Room Blog

A Poetic Journey | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The following poems are tied together by a common theme. They were taken from my book of poetry called What I Found in the Dark. But they also follow each other chronologically. Think of each of these poems being written by one man regarding the same woman. Watch the story develop. Get a sense of the love involved. And I hope that maybe, just maybe you will get a sense of what it was that he found in the dark.  - Clayton Clifford Bye, 05/02/2014 -

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Clayton Bye is a writer, editor and publisher. The author of 9 books and a varied collection of short stories, poems, articles and hundreds of reviews, he has also published (under the imprint Chase Enterprises Publishing) 3 award winning anthologies of excellent short stories by some great talents from around the world. The 1st book featured general fiction, the 2nd offering is horror and the 3rd is a book of detective short stories. His current releases are 2 children’s books and a memoir.

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Andy-Roo: The Birthday Surprise!: Linda Hales: 9781469961934: Amazon.com: Books

Andy-Roo: The Birthday Surprise!

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Andy-Roo: The Birthday Surprise! [Linda Hales] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Andy-Roo is a young puppy who grew long legs and feet quite different from the other kids at the playground.
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This book tells his story, especially how Andy-Roo overcame his differences and became a popular player in little league games. Andy-Roo's experiences are captured in short picture stories that will appeal to the young reader in the 3-7 year age bracket. A moral is imbedded in every tale that will not be lost on the young reader but will be remembered in context with Andy-Roo, the character. Most of all, his tales always make children smile!

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What Happens When Writers Become Friends? All Still Write, Some Now Blog

What Happens When Writers Become Friends?  All Still Write, Some Now Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Via Louise Malbon-Reddix
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Looking for a GOOD book? Check out this awesome writers' group!

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Kenneth Weene's comment, June 21, 2013 5:59 PM
Nice of you to remind us. Ken
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Salvatore Buttaci's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:04 PM

What happens when writers become friends and blog? They make it easier for discriminating readers to come to one place for the best books!

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Wonderful Words

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My dear friend Maggie Tideswell will soon be releasing her newest book. Read about her and even get an excerpt from her new work.


Via Kenneth Weene
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If you can't buy it today, put it on your Wish List!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 26, 2013 12:23 PM

A new book from my friend Maggie Tideswell

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Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia”

Brian M. Hayden | Guest Blog by Kenneth Weene – “Writing Synesthesia” | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Writers love to write about writing, but how often do we just restate and rehash old ideas? Lord save me from another “show don’t tell,” “avoid the passive voice,” or “words writers tend to confuse” article. I don’t want to sound stuck-up, but I do want to sound original.

 

“Having set the bar, how do I surpass it?” That was the question I kept asking myself once I had offered to write a post for Brian. Something new. Something new.

 

Then answer, not from my head but as so often happens to us writers from the real world—you know that place we all try to avoid because we prefer to dwell in the one we create. In this instance the real world was our local art museum and its annual floral event.

 

Go to the actual article and read on. . .

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Great day when one learns something totally new, especially in the writing world! Even the word, synesthesia, has a stimulating sound to it. Enjoyed reading and learning

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The Slow Death of the American Author

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LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.

 

 This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.

 

Authors practice one of the few professions directly protected in the Constitution, which instructs Congress “to promote the progress of Science and the useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The idea is that a diverse literary culture, created by authors whose livelihoods, and thus independence, can’t be threatened, is essential to democracy.

That culture is now at risk. The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers.

 

Take e-books. They are much less expensive for publishers to produce: there are no printing, warehousing or transportation costs, and unlike physical books, there is no risk that the retailer will return the book for full credit.

 

But instead of using the savings to be more generous to authors, the six major publishing houses — five of which were sued last year by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for fixing e-book prices — all rigidly insist on clauses limiting e-book royalties to 25 percent of net receipts. That is roughly half of a traditional hardcover royalty.

 

Best-selling authors have the market power to negotiate a higher implicit e-book royalty in our advances, even if our publishers won’t admit it. But writers whose works sell less robustly find their earnings declining because of the new rate, a process that will accelerate as the market pivots more toward digital.

 

And there are many e-books on which authors and publishers, big and small, earn nothing at all. Numerous pirate sites, supported by advertising or subscription fees, have grown up offshore, offering new and old e-books free.

 

The pirates would be a limited menace were it not for search engines that point users to these rogue sites with no fear of legal consequence, thanks to a provision inserted into the 1998 copyright laws. A search for “Scott Turow free e-books” brought up 10 pirate sites out of the first 10 results on Yahoo, 8 of 8 on Bing and 6 of 10 on Google, with paid ads decorating the margins of all three pages.

 

If I stood on a corner telling people who asked where they could buy stolen goods and collected a small fee for it, I’d be on my way to jail. And yet even while search engines sail under mottos like “Don’t be evil,” they do the same thing.

 

Google is also at odds with many writers because in 2004 it partnered with five major libraries to scan and digitize millions of in-copyright books, without permission from authors. The Authors Guild (of which I am president) sued; years later, with a proposed settlement scuttled by the judge, the litigation goes on.

 

 

Google says this is a “fair use” of the works, an exception to copyright, because it shows only snippets of the books in response to each search. Of course, over the course of thousands of searches, Google is using the whole book and selling ads each time, while sharing none of the revenue with the author or publisher.

It got worse in 2011, when a consortium of some of Google’s partner libraries, the Hathi Trust, decided to put online some 200 books that the group had unilaterally decided were “orphans,” meaning they couldn’t locate the copyright owners. The “orphans” turned out to include books from writers like the best-selling novelist J. R. Salamanca — alive and well in Maryland — and the Pulitzer Prize winner James Gould Cozzens, whose copyrights were left to Harvard. The Authors Guild sued, and Hathi suspended the program. But that litigation also continues, even while millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

 


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Millions of copyrighted works are stored online, one hacker away from worldwide dissemination for free.

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Smashwords — Tea for Three — A book by Trish Jackson and Rhoda Baxter

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What does a redneck private investigator from small town Alabama have in common with a retired British academic and her young event planner? The answer is -- absolutely nothing -- not even their use of the English language.

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Join Trish for a smashing good time!

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linnieslittlebooks.com - My Books

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product data for books including name, Cover Images, excerpts, ISBN, book description,pricing, available formats, links to order from Amazon.com
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Scooped Linnie's Little Books some time ago but no need to search for it...here it is again! Great children's books! Available in Kindle and paperback.

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Books and real people

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So many bloggers write about their experiences writing fiction that I’ve begun to look long and hard at what I read.  Mostly diaries, letters, biography, autobiography and history. Why? I’ve been a...
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And this is why I like to read non-fiction! There is so much to life with story after story to steal your heart both joyfully or sorrowfully.

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

 

Libraries are among the most important of human institutions, warehousing knowledge accumulated over centuries, nay, eons. Libraries are also very alluring places, often built with ornate and cavernous reading rooms, vertiginous shelving for book storage, and winding secret passages. Originally built to protect books from ruin, libraries are generally gigantic bunker-like buildings. Inwardly focused, they restrict access to their treasure troves to those who whisper and can thrive without sunlight.

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This is so cool! What once was considered wasted space now houses the books, books, books...some portable, on the move! If you can't get to the library, the library will come to you.

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Reading for Personal Development

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This is the first book of a subseries included in Bibliotreatment. Reading is therapeutic, and many of the issues that may be worrying you have been broached by great writers whose insight sometimes makes you wonder whether you/ someone you know have been spied on to provide literary material. Despite a widespread belief to the contrary, reading is not a passive but an extremely demanding interactive process. It "involves mental activity, is embedded in other communication abilities, and converts graphic stimuli into meaning."

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Reading provides the doorway into worlds of reality and fantasy. It waters the mind allowing opportunities for growth and development. Never stop reading!

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I.O.U. SEX - A Novel by Sandra Nachlinger and Sandra Allen

First love's second chance
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Have you ever thought about your old boyfriends and the close encounters you never fulfilled? What if you met one of them today or perhaps set up a planned meeting? Would you consider giving an old love a second chance?

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