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Dec.13.2010
Each point on the compass has developed its own associations in Western culture. North is treated as the "fundamental" direction, which is why we tend to list it first. Standard maps are oriented with north at the top, and the phrase "north of" something means "greater than...
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Nov.22.2010
Last week, Red Room invited our members to blog about their favorite character names in literature. We did this after asking our authors the week before to participate in the First Amendment Project's Character Name Auction, joining Red Room's Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Dave Eggers, Jane...
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Nov.14.2010
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. -Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764  For nearly twenty years, FAP, the First Amendment Project, has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of...
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Oct.25.2010
"It is in the compelling zest for high adventure and victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys." –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Inspired by announcing the winners of Red Room's Scandalously Short Story Contest last week, and with the usual caveat to the author of The...
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Oct.19.2010
The results are in! After hundreds of entries, dozens of worthy semi- and semi-semi-finalists (and many more with moments of brilliance), and five finalists, Red Room is exceedingly proud to announce the final results of its Scandalously Short Story Contest! Before we get to the winners, we want to...
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Oct.17.2010
It came as no surprise last week when, after we asked Red Roomers to blog about their favorite gardens, that we were presented with beautiful photos of flowering plants, ornamental hedges, and spreading trees. From sentimental memories of vegetable gardens tended in childhood to once-in-a-lifetime...
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Oct.11.2010
At least a hundred stories submitted in our Red Room's scandalously short story contest had moments of brilliance—a great premise, a great scene, great descriptive language, a great ending. We picked just a few of these to highlight here, but there were so many that we really enjoyed reading....
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Oct.11.2010
Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to our short story contest! It was such a pleasure for all of us to get to know everyone better through their writing. Someone on our editorial team read your story, and you should be proud of yourself for entering. Almost all entries had moments of...
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Sep.19.2010
"We must become the change we want to see." -Mahatma Gandhi My favorite response to that somewhat familiar aphorism comes from Red Room member Teresa Burns Gunther: "Easy for him to say." Transitions can be about getting rid of something (an old idea, a bad relationship, some...
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Sep.12.2010
"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is another." –Erma Bombeck There's no accounting for taste. After hearing teen pop music sensation Justin Bieber's name, Red Room's CEO Ivory Madison finally checked out one of his videos recently, and was completely mystified...