Rowling’s Plot Chart for Order of the Phoenix

One of the things that both writers and literary scholars are interested in are the ways in which authors figure out their story, and plots. There are lots of super tools for helping writings plan, ranging from spreadsheets, to index cards, to pap…

The Life of the Book Reviewer, In Pictures

The Book Publicity Blog collected pictures of the over-flowing bookshelves, desks, and floors, of book reviewers. Many authors, especially those who have newly self-published, think that book reviewers are just waiting to receive a copy of their b…

Roseanne Cash: 500 Miles

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SUBJECT: OUR MARKETING PLAN

This is a New Yorker piece by Ellis Weiner. It’s painfully funny in that a-little-too-close-to-the-bone way: Let me introduce myself. My name is Gineen Klein, and I?ve been brought on as an intern to replace the promotion department here at Propen…

What Really Happens When you Navigate to a URL

As a software developer, you certainly have a high-level picture of how web apps work and what kinds of technologies are involved: the browser, HTTP, HTML, web server, request handlers, and so on. In this article, we will take a deeper look at the…

Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights—Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights. HarperPerrenial, 2002. ISBN: 978-0060933913. Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights is a collection of interviews, beginning with the formation of the Mattachine Society and The Daughter’s of Bilitis, right through…

The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology—Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythlogy. Kent State University Press, 2005. ISBN: This is not the first Verlyn Flieger Tolkien study we’ve reviewed, and I hope it won’t be the last. Interrupted Music is a brilliant study of Tolkien’s mythic creation, with particular emphasis on the role…

J. R. R. Tolkien Encylopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment—Michael Drout, Ed.

Michael Drout, Ed. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2006). ISBN:978-0415969420. Order Paperback from Amazon The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment is a very large book, weighing just under 4.5 pounds, with 800 folio size two-column pages, including a list of the forty-six contributors,…

Calvin and Hobbes on Academic Writing

Maine Mead Works, Honeymaker Meads

In 2007, entrepreneur Ben Alexander co-founded the Maine Mead Works in Portland, Maine, with experienced South African mead-maker Dr. Garth Cambray. Maine Mead Works is going strong today, still staffed by Dr. Cambray, mead-maker Nick Higgins, and Ben and Carly Alexander. They offer a variety of carefully-crafted meads made from…

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