L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Nicole Hill You’re reading this article because you love books. I’m writing it for the same reason. But how much do you know about the books themselves? Why are they shaped the way they are? Why are there so many different book formats? How can you fit all of these different sizes of books on …

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Via The Authors Guild On April 28, the Authors Guild, together with the Dramatists Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and former Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman, submitted a friend of the court (“amicus curiae”) brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to clarify the law with respect to authors’ control …

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The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write. Nautilus Julie Sedivy “[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and [to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station [to …

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In defence of the much-maligned reference book. The Outline B.D. McClay Photo by Zoonar RF / Getty Images. As reference books go, the thesaurus, these days, is one step up in respectability from the rhyming dictionary. To use one is to betray something embarrassing about yourself. To be accused of using one is to be …

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Why aren’t there more people studying the science behind stupidity? Nautilus | Brian Gallagher Bertrand Russell’s quip prefigured the scientific discovery of a cognitive bias—the Dunning–Kruger effect—that has been so resonant that it has penetrated popular culture. Photo from Wikicommons. On this past International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reread a bit of Bertrand Russell. In …

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Harry Bingham The all you need to know guide Getting a book published, even your first book – that sounds like it should be pretty do-able, right? And so it is, but the publishing industry is (inevitably) pretty complex, and can generate massively different outcomes depending on the choices you are about to make. In …

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According to a 15th century guide to detecting and eradicating witchcraft, witches were capable of making penises vanish—and some even kept them in nests and fed them oats. by Callie Beusman Photo via Wikipedia Since time immemorial, men have worried irrationally about perceived threats to their penises. Long before there was castration anxiety, there was …

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