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Dennis R. Miller is a writer and author of three novels. He has written extensively on higher education, country music, hosted a weekly one-hour country music radio show and a one-hour TV talk show.

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Buying Online? Use Customer Reviews!

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Almost all of us shop online anymore. And when you do, customer reviews should be an integral - maybe the most valuable -- part of your research.
In using customer reviews, there are some tips.
Fake reviews: Watch out for these. They're usually written by the...

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Imagine: 12 Great Books About John Lennon

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 8:36 PM

Thirty-five years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside his Dakota apartment by Mark David Chapman. Lennon, a brilliant artist and complex man, was witty, ornery, and haunted, exploring his life through his art. Lennon remains an influential part of our culture. His song "Imagine" has become...

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Star Wars: 15 Books About the Films That Created a Galaxy and Changed the World

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:06 PM

I recently did a compilation, "50 Books About Star Wars." I was stunned by the dozens of books devoted to the subject and how profoundly influential the series has been in our culture. Darth Vader is one of the most recognized images on the planet and Star Wars...

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12 Agents More Badass Than Bond

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:57 PM

As James Bond shoots, punches and bombs his way through his 24th adventure, "Spectre," he remains the prototype of the no-nonsense agent who can take a beating as well as give it and kill without remorse to accomplish his assignment. He also doesn't always follow orders and frustrates his superiors...

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Boy Saves Island in a Most Humble Way

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:43 AM

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When El Salvadorian Daniel Teodoro visited San Rafael Tasajera island on a high school class project in 2007, he fell in love with its beauty and was appalled at the poverty of its 1800 residents.

"For generations their livelihood was fishing," he says....

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If the Classics Used 'Literally'

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:34 AM

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For years we've been bombarded with the word "literally." For a while, I thought it would run its course but it's only been picking up speed, flying like literal shrapnel. I long ago gave up thinking that NPR reporters and hosts...

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Ali Soufan Battled the System to End Torture. He's Finally Winning.

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:55 AM

Ali Soufan is a former FBI agent who's spent a decade speaking out against torture. He helped expose CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques," and left the Bureau partly because of the agency's excessive use of it.

While the details in the Senate torture report elicited an international gasp of horror,...

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Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:47 PM

You're trapped in a cold, dark alley. The smell of cheap perfume is ahead of you and the sound of slow footsteps behind you. You press yourself helplessly against the cold bricks of the abandoned tenement. There is one bullet in your .38...

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American...

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Voices Dance on Bach Instrumental

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:23 AM

How do you sing an a-cappella version of a Bach organ instrumental?

With enthusiasm.

Which is exactly what Mansfield University's The Mansfieldians did when they performed J.S. Bach's 'Little' Organ Fugue in G minor, BWV 587 at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in...

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Jewish Self-Styled Prophet 'Pirate' and Pornographer Brought Ulysses to America

(16) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 10:29 PM

The man who introduced to America two of the early 20th century's most sexually explicit, ground-breaking books was a Jewish poet, pirate and a pornographer. He was a man of immense contradictions -- publisher of erotica and author who envisioned himself with Jesus during his last visit to Jerusalem.

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Disrupted Explores Marketing's Massive Shakeup

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 2:48 PM

The newest generation of consumers has blown traditional marketing to smithereens.

According to PR expert Stefan Pollack in his book Disrupted, the "iGen" generation are those born after 1994 and have never known life without computers and mobile devices.

When they want information, they want it...

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Why Fox's Green-Aslan Interview Will Live Forever

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Lauren Green's interview with Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth will live forever in college courses in both a positive and negative way.

The negative, of course, is how to begin an agenda-laden interview and then awkwardly and totally...

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The Civil War's Best Union General - Was a Southerner

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:15 PM

During this 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Battle, it's good to remember that the most successful Union General in the Civil War was from the South.
General George Henry Thomas was one of the most beloved military figures of his time and...

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World War Z Author Says Movie and Novel Share Title Only

(16) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:11 PM

The upcoming release of World War Z starring Brad Pitt is creating a lot of publicity for its massive budget and the fact that it bears no resemblance to the bestselling novel. The one person least surprised is the book's author, Max Brooks.

Brooks said his novel...

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Willie Nelson: American Icon

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:36 PM

Willie Nelson defied the music establishment, society and the law, and helped ease America into a new consciousness. Every American should be celebrating his birthday (April 30th) and his eight decades of accomplishments in entertainment, human rights and charity.

After stints as an encyclopedia salesman and pig farmer, the Texas...

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How I Helped Save an Author from Obscurity

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 4:02 PM

In 1990 I began a search for one of the most mysterious authors in 20th century detective fiction. One who was praised by the New York Times in the '50s and forgotten by the '70s.
My quest to bring him back to the world took two-decades.

It...

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A Tip for Applebee's

(29) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 6:16 PM

The recent Applebee's fracas included God, waitresses, sadly under-prepared management and the Ever-Shifting Mob.

It's a great case study in crisis PR, but not an easy one from which to pull clear lessons.
Recap: Pastor Alois Bell crossed off the default 18 percent tip and wrote: "I give God...

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Auschwitz Survivor: 'No Forgiveness'

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 4:51 PM

"Every day they would come in, choose people and take them to the gas chamber. I lived by the minute."

Dina Jacobsen spoke in a soft but distinctive voice. At times it would rise with the intensity of her feelings. The tiny 90-year-old woman made it clear that seven decades...

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Why Zombies Rule

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:26 PM

Unlike other classic monsters, zombies are a 20th-century pop-culture phenomenon who have muscled into in the early 21st century. The cult-busting popularity of The Walking Dead and the Humans vs. Zombies games that enliven life on college campuses attest to the lure of the zombie.

Mansfield University Professor of English...

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Ban My Book. Please!

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:50 PM

I was part of a discussion with five librarians in our university library last week about Banned Book Week. I got some fascinating insights on the pressures librarians have in selecting titles to purchase.

And pressures to de-select, or ban, books.

One of the librarians pointed out that as...

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