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Jan.09.2014
Well ... maybe it is time to worry. [DE] Patrons use computers at BiblioTech, a first of its kind digital public library in San Antonio.(Photo: Eric Gay, AP) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future by Paul J. Weber SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas has seen the...
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Jan.07.2014
Any year will take a toll on our colleagues, but as long as we are still able to read the list ....  Also, the comments section to this is interesting [DE] * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 2013: In Memoriam     (more + comments) http://writersrelief.com/blog/2014/01/2013-memoriam/
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Jan.05.2014
I knew I was making the world as better place by writing my novels, but I didn't realize I was making such an immediate and positive effect. Come one - come all - to my various worlds. Improve your mind - indeed, you life - as you encounter characters through their thoughts, dialogue and actions....
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Jan.03.2014
I'm told by them wot actually deal in the corporate world that *this* is becoming more usual. Insult to injury takes on a broad dimension. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Fired? Speak No Evil By WILL BLYTHE I WAS fired the other day. I believe the preferred phrase is “terminated,” which...
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Jan.01.2014
Actually, this is a positive idea for any author.  Get a sense of how other cultures write - perhaps how they think. It need not influence your own writing, but then, you might find something invigourating. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Journalist Ann Morgan embarks on a mission...
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Dec.31.2013
This article goes far beyond Kafka and his life, but then, so does Kafka himself. It might not have been a totally new concept of bureaucracy and surveillance and secrecy which Kafka described, but he caught the all-pervasiveness of the situation. A situation which just becomes more all-seeing and...
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Dec.30.2013
Who could ask for a better trifecta? Seasons Greetings! [DE]     * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * New ‘Doctor Who’ Star Peter Capaldi’s Oscar-Winning Short Film ‘Frank Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life’ (Video) By BAADASSSSS!    Because we here at Geeks of Doom are just absolutely...
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Dec.28.2013
"I am a cage, in search of a bird" ~ F Kafka   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RZ8Rv8Jju8   FK  
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Dec.23.2013
The Elephant Talks To God has been cited in an article about elephants in the Winter/Spring issue of the magazine "The New Atlantis". It is a very long article (link below). The reference is in the last quarter of the article. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Dale Estey’s gentle 1989 novella...
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Dec.22.2013
I worked in a library for two years. In those days the expensive/historic books and documents were kept in locked rooms, with a degree of rigmarole needed to see them. Now they are kept in closed stacks up in Archives. Still, if it actually is the librarian who is pilfering and selling (apparently...
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Dec.21.2013
I would not like to have the sleep of some of these folks (and that particularly includes Kafka). And others - of course - sleep the sleep of the just. But I would like my sleep to be more of a whole cloth than it often is. [DE]   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Famous Writers’ Sleep...
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Dec.20.2013
Although I am no fan of having the Santa Claus story take such a bite out of Christmas, I'm not against Santa Claus. In fact, we've had quite the relationship. I had two 'encounters' with Santa while a child. I can't place the exact years, but I remember them from the houses I lived in at the time...
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Dec.20.2013
Max Brod was a prolific writer in his own right, but is best known for defying Kafka's wishes and introducing his works to the world. by David B. Green                  Max Brod Photo by...
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Dec.19.2013
Many a long year ago I remember seeing a movie poster which stated: "Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Be Dead..."  Well, maybe the same can be said of reputations. Václav Havel is having some of his political legacy questioned. So far, his solid foundation of author and playwright seems...
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Dec.18.2013
You (so they say) can not tell a book by its cover, but you can certainly sell a book by its cover. Or buy its cover. [DE]   My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Buñuel * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The Best Book Covers of 2013   By NICHOLAS BLECHMAN The great book designer George...
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