Do any of us have perfect lives? Or do we carefully curate our public personas, keeping our true selves safe, hidden from view?
Whether or not NSA employees themselves are "interested" in reading text messages does not change the fact that they can, and the checks and balances that should in principle limit their ability to do so have failed to work.
If you go on a book tour, I would advise against behaving like a jerk. The media escorts gossip. With a minimum of prodding, they dish the dirt. Jeffrey Archer is a legend for his bad behaviour. Next most arrogant, rude and demanding are the editors from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Think about that.
As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.
It is fitting that the cover of this biography shows Rockwell's painting of the town gossips; a group enjoying the relaying of news of a scandalous nature, a painting for which Ms. Solomon might well have modeled.
Contrary to belief, the malignant treatment by the U.S. of Mandela didn't end with his release from prison in 1990, the official unbanning of his African National Congress, or even his becoming the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1993.
Fewer and fewer independent bookstores have survived the onslaught of online retailing. I thought it would be illuminating to talk with Annie Philbrick, co-owner of the Bank Square Bookstore.
Sure it would be great if we could pick a day where each town crier would climb to the top of a mountain and yell, "Henceforth, no more free words!" But in the real world, it's just not going to work.
The Lowland begins with a compelling narrative exploring the intricate relationship between brothers Subhash and Udayan. Just 15 months apart, these brothers growing up in Calcutta are exceptionally close but completely different.
The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who've had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance. Let's turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.
I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.
The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.
They grew up in a parsonage in a small Yorkshire village called Haworth. This has been converted into the Brontë museum and contains some of the most important relics left behind by the sisters.
A recent book, The War on Football, challenges the increasing body of evidence that participation in organized tackle football all too often leads to chronic disability, fatal brain disease, and early death, particularly at the professional level. Indeed, the author contends that football is safer than bicycling, skiing and cheerleading.
by Daniel Alarcón
by Donna Tartt
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by Julian Barnes
Published on September 24th, 2013