Invoking Lennie as its benchmark, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced rules that fail to protect persons with intellectual disability from execution. Because of these unscientific and fictional standards, Robert Ladd, a man who has an IQ of 67, faces the death chamber this Thursday.
Embarrassed, humiliated, shocked and even shamed. Those are some of the emotions I felt when my jackass of a boss outed me many years ago. I'm proud to say that I've been out of the closet for several years now, and feel no shame, but it was a long and sometimes painful road.
Every once in a while someone asks for advice: "How do I learn more about the Bible?" In church we act like the Bible is important, but few among us feel confident we understand it -- or even that we know what's in it.
Meline Toumani's puzzling and sometimes maddening first book There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia and Beyond purports to analyze the hatred still separating Armenians and Turks on the eve of the one hundredth commemoration of the Armenian Gencocide.
However, my focus is not on any of these collections, but rather on three recent books by Bay Area Poets that not only deserve to be part of this larger literary conversation but are among the best books of 2014. If you missed them last year, I have good news--2015 is young.
The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."
On the initiative of the Bibliothèque National de France, the review La Règle du Jeu, and two young philosophers, Joseph Cohen and Raphaël Zagury-Orly, a major symposium was held last week on the subject of Heidegger and "the Jews." Over the discussions hung the appearance of Heidegger's famous "Black Notebooks," in which his anti-Semitism shows its face plainly.
Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?
Media tie-ins are well known to power titles up the ranks of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. And this week, the Bradley Cooper film adaptation of American Sniper drives two separate editions of the book into the No. 1 and No. 22 spots of this week's top 25.
At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.
How do I mock thee? Let me name the ways. In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, the various verbal options available to us in dealing with the inanities, hypocrisy, and contradictions with which we are confronted daily...
Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops in her latest novel, Crash & Burn. There are so many muddled characters who try to make sense of all that is going on, while there are other seemingly crazed characters who are determined to hide the truth. In short you can't breeze your way through this one.
After reading Thrive I developed a healthy "attitude" and vibrant outlook on my life. I remind myself to appreciate all that is God given and be thankful for all my blessings. It has deepened my faith and instilled how important it is to always be kind and humble.
Spice offers a quick, fluffy read that features interesting sex scenes and it kept me reading to the end to find out what happens next. If you're expecting this to be a great literary work or Hemingway, you will be disappointed. Just accept it for what it is, like a juicy episode of Young and the Restless, and enjoy the read.
Vreeland's exploration of the emotional and societal influence of art and her passionate descriptions of the countryside, with its rich scents and colors, the ochre mines and brutal mistral, but especially the vivid depiction of paintings, are the most pleasurable parts of the novel.
For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.
Writer's block is a dreaded malady in the life of many writers. So, what's the best way to overcome it?