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FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Epilogue)

James Stack | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

All I could think about was Daddy. Not the man who had held the gun, but the man who used to come into my room and tuck me in at night, the man who would talk to me until I fell asleep, the man who would help me in my times of worry and distress.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 24)

James Stack | Posted 12.13.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy was going deeper and deeper into his own imaginary world -- a world where alcohol made him a man, gave him a sense of wealth, and provided him with something no human would ever be able to give him.

A Nice Place on the Other Side of the Street

Mark Chiusano | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home
Mark Chiusano

Recently, travelling through Spain, my girlfriend and I ended up in Barcelona. This was at the beginning of another wave of anti-austerity protests.

On International Day of the Girl, Books Matter

David Risher | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
David Risher

If we went to Ghana together, I'd want you to meet Linda Donkor, a 16-year-old student in Worldreader's program. She lives with her grandmother and her sisters.

To Celebrate Teen Read Week We Ask Authors, "What's Your Favorite Teen Book?"

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 12.10.2012 | Home
The Los Angeles Public Library

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and it's a time where librarians encourage teens to read for the fun of it.

Q-and-A With Marten Weber, Author of Benedetto Casanova and Bodensee

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Martin Weber graciously took the time to answer some questions as to his work, writing process, and issues with which the LGBT community grapples.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 23)

James Stack | Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I kept thinking about what had happened. Daddy had tried to kill Matthew and Mark, and we had kicked him out of the camper and left him in Canada. I'd been left behind once and had had to walk home. What if Daddy had to walk all the way to South Carolina?

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 22)

James Stack | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

We were rocking out as we pulled up to the United States border. And then I was suddenly afraid. Daddy wasn't with us, it was after midnight, and our leaving at this hour was, to my mind, a little suspicious.

Author David G. Hallman Shares The Inspiration Behind His Novel And Memoir

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

His memoir, August Farewell, details the death of his partner to cancer and was noted by The Advocate magazine as one of the 21 Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now. It was a pleasure to speak with him recently about his life and journey to authorhood.

Who Do You Consider To Be the "Fathers of Science Fiction"?

Quora | Posted 12.01.2012 | Home

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Timothy Bushell, IT Director at CourseMonster The "big three" are Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein,...

Student-Journalists Release Issue 43 of the Valencia Bay-farer

826 Valencia | Posted 12.01.2012 | San Francisco
826 Valencia

The Valencia Bay-farer is 826 Valencia's only in-house newspaper written for students by students (ages 8 to 13). We hope you enjoy these articles.

'Daddy Pulled Out One Of The Pistols'... Fearless Memoir: 'World's Fair,' Chapter 21

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy's expression was twisted with fury and madness. Suddenly the fiend in him focused in on the drawer beside the sink. With his one free hand, he reached over, opened the drawer, and pulled out one of the pistols.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 20)

James Stack | Posted 11.29.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

There we were, torn down the middle, loving our father but hating his drinking. We'd all seen the movie Days of Wine and Roses. Jack Lemmon had been able to quit drinking in the movie. Why not Daddy?

Reading in Dim and Dimmer Legislative Light

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

In America there seems to be an increasingly widespread aversion to the act of reading. In support of that aversion voters have elected public officials whose profound ignorance and boundless stupidity threaten our society.

Literature of the Soul

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 11.24.2012 | Home
Ombretta Di Dio

My affair with books reached an obsessive level of magnificence, from Louisa May Alcott to Jane Austen and George Orwell. I read whatever I could find in my parents' house. Reading was a part of my daily routine, just like eating or drinking water.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 19)

James Stack | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Daddy's been arrested for public drunkenness," Gee said finally. "The security man told me Daddy was sleeping it off, and that he'll be returned to us at the campsite in the morning."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 18)

James Stack | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

My feet refused to move; they were glued to the ground. I looked down at them and said out loud, "Move, damn it! Why won't you move?" But they wouldn't budge. It was at this moment that I realized I was terror-stricken -- gripped in the claws of fear.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 17)

James Stack | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Wait till you're older to try and smoke," he said. "There's no need to rush it. And please, whatever you do, don't smoke oval cigarettes in pink paper with a silver filter."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 16)

James Stack | Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee and I found ourselves in the camper with Matthew, who had assumed a prissy attitude. He restated that we had come to the World's Fair as a family and that we should go to the exhibits as a family. We agreed, but what could we do? None of us wanted to spend the day in a bar.

Why We Love Mystery Novels: Murder, Mayhem, and Cultural Mirrors

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.13.2012 | Home
Holly Robinson

Most of us who are avid readers as adults probably cut our teeth on mysteries. This summer, I have devoured so many amazing mystery novels that I started analyzing why this genre appeals to me so much.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 15)

James Stack | Posted 11.09.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I loved I Dream of Jeannie and always thought it would be great to have a genie in a bottle who would grant me three wishes. I'd probably end up forfeiting one of my wishes to get Daddy to stop drinking, because all that came out of his bottle was the devil.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 14)

James Stack | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy wanted to go back to the Brewers' Pavilion because they'd seemed to like people who drank, so he knew he wouldn't be cut off the booze chain.

Maryland Elementary School Nixes Homework

Posted 09.07.2012 | Education

Instead of assigning homework, teachers at Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland are asking students to spend 30 minutes a night reading, Fox 5 r...

The Banning of Harry Potter

Deji Olukotun | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Deji Olukotun

Harry Potter is now the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association. But these books have taught children to read, to think, to write and to criticize, all hallmarks of free expression.

Literary Pet Peeves Are Counterproductive

Greg Zimmerman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Home
Greg Zimmerman

My literary pet peeve is readers who have pet peeves. That's a statement that surely won't make me popular, but stay with me for a second. Hopefully I can get you to see things a little differently.