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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

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Goya -The sleep of reason produces monsters (c1799) recut

In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly…

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Movie Review: “The Judge” gets lost in drama/comedy limbo

Movie Review: “The Judge” gets lost in drama/comedy limbo


What do you think? Agree or just don’t care?

Originally posted on Movie Nation:

judge1half-star“The Judge” dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses — much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom.
A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a John Grisham adaptation, it’s a showboat’s movie cast with a lot of actors each…

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The original painting of one of the most iconic book images, “The Bookworm,” might be sold

It came to the Milwaukee Public Library in 1972 from the collection of René Von Schleinitz. It was the only item from his “significant collection of German steins, figurines and genre paintings” to go the library. The rest was donated to the Milwaukee Art Museum, including other images of his featuring readers and scholars.

Now the library is seriously considering an offer of $400,000 from an undisclosed party for the painting. It is called Der Bucherworm “The Bookworm” and was painted by Carl Spitzweg around 1853. It is  by far Sptizweg’s most famous work and has become one of the most well-known biblio-images on the planet.

More here: Milwaukee Public Library may sell famous ‘Bookworm’ painting by Carl Spitzweg - Journal Sentinel

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Oga Tatsumi is a first year student in Ishiyama High, a notorious school for delinquents. One day he sees a man floating by, and the man suddenly splits in half to reveal a baby boy inside!