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October 2, 2013

BREAKING: Author Tom Clancy has died at 66

popculturebrain:

Clancy’s publisher confirmed to the NY Times that the author died last night in a Baltimore hospital.

Wow, huge loss for the literary world. There’s a guy who knew how to extend his brand in interesting ways. (Don’t believe me? Check out the list of video games based on his work.)

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10:33 // 6 months ago
August 15, 2013

Protip: Erotic-themed novels sell really well, can make you millions

  • $95M the amount “50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James has earned in 2013, making her the highest-earning author on a list of high-grossing authors published by Forbes. The total included $5 million which she earned for the forthcoming film adaptation of the book, which is expected in a year. source
0:16 // 8 months ago
November 29, 2012

Nate Silver took part in an Authors@Google interview/Q&A and covered a variety of topics including his book, the FiveThirtyEight blog, faulty polling, and whether pro football teams should be going for it in “4th & 2” scnearios. The whole session lasts just under an hour, but we definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a way to kill some time this afternoon.

(Source: youtube.com)

13:57 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012
Before Dr. Seuss heard a who, he saw his work saturate the advertising field. The above piece is from the National Broadcasting Company Brochure in 1940. The University of California, San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library has an entire site dedicated to Seuss’ advertising work. Cool, eh? (ht WSJ)

Before Dr. Seuss heard a who, he saw his work saturate the advertising field. The above piece is from the National Broadcasting Company Brochure in 1940. The University of California, San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library has an entire site dedicated to Seuss’ advertising work. Cool, eh? (ht WSJ)

16:06 // 1 year ago
November 9, 2012
20:06 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2012

Samuel L. Jackson and the Author of “Go The F—K To Sleep” Present …

Extremely NSFW:  There’s not really much to say about this video, other than that we definitely recommend wearing headphones if you plan to watch this in the workplace. This might be the most entertaining political advertisement ever released.

15:04 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
14:58 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. My focus was mostly on biological features…I said nothing about iron ore, which is so widespread that its distribution has had little effect on the different successes of different peoples.
Jared Diamond, author of “Guns, Germs and Steel” • Disputing Mitt Romney’s claim that “culture makes all the difference”, and the presidential candidate’s presentation of his book during a speech in Jerusalem. Romney cited “Guns, Germs, and Steel” while attributing Israel’s economic success both to the Jewish peoples’ culture and the country’s access to natural resources like iron. Diamond also noted that this was not the first time that Romney had mischaracterized his work, referencing Mitt’s 2011 book “No Apology: Believe in America”.  source (viafollow)
18:07 // 1 year ago
August 1, 2012
breakingnews:

Prolific writer Gore Vidal dead at 86
AP: Gore Vidal, 86, died of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles Tuesday evening, according to his nephew.
Vidal, an author and playwright, wrote “The City and the Pillar,” one of the first novels about openly gay characters. His play, “The Best Man,” was Tony-nominated.
Photo via Getty Images

Talk about a guy with a diverse Wikipedia page. A fascinating literary figure that will be missed.

breakingnews:

Prolific writer Gore Vidal dead at 86

AP: Gore Vidal, 86, died of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles Tuesday evening, according to his nephew.

Vidal, an author and playwright, wrote “The City and the Pillar,” one of the first novels about openly gay characters. His play, “The Best Man,” was Tony-nominated.

Photo via Getty Images

Talk about a guy with a diverse Wikipedia page. A fascinating literary figure that will be missed.

0:50 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012
Maeve Binchy, author of ‘Light A Penny Candle’, dead at 72
After battling a variety of health issues over the past decade-plus, Irish author and playwright Maeve Binchy has passed away. Binchy first saw mainstream success with ‘Light A Penny Candle’, which spent more than a year in top 10 charts, and went on to write seven books which appeared in a list of the top 100 novels by Irish authors. Her works appeared more often, and outsold, those of other noted Irish authors including William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde. (Photo via UggBoy/UggGirl) source
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After battling a variety of health issues over the past decade-plus, Irish author and playwright Maeve Binchy has passed away. Binchy first saw mainstream success with ‘Light A Penny Candle’, which spent more than a year in top 10 charts, and went on to write seven books which appeared in a list of the top 100 novels by Irish authors. Her works appeared more often, and outsold, those of other noted Irish authors including William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde. (Photo via UggBoy/UggGirl) source

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16:10 // 1 year ago