The world’s richest short story prize: a warning

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away,” is a phrase that may well apply to what’s claimed to be the world’s richest short story prize. Last week…

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Quote: Saul Bellow

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. Saul Bellow Saul Bellow (1915-2005) is regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest authors. A Canadian-American, Bellow…

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The world’s richest short story prize

The ticking clock on The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award shows that entries close in a little over five weeks from today. Reckoned to be the richest prize for…

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Cover creation gone weird

This seems appropriate after yesterday’s Isaac Asimov quote since Asimov cut his teeth writing for pulp magazines with covers like this … OK, maybe not exactly like that … I…

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Quote: Isaac Asimov

“From my close observation of writers … they fall into two groups: those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at…

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Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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Browsing with a Badger

Just like fingerprints at a crime scene, your browser leaves its fingerprints on every website you visit …

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The Dark Side of Facebook

“The biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind.” In a hugely popular post titled The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking my Roommate with Targeted Facebook Ads, Brian Swichkow details how he…

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The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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Smartphones: The Abuser in Your Pocket

The first three questions in the Am I In An Abusive Relationship questionnaire take on a whole new meaning if you replace the word “partner” with the word “phone”: Has…

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