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Sep.19.2011
Bunnicula!
Last week, we asked Red Room authors and members to take a trip to Transylvania and blog about the pop-cultural phenomenon that never seems to get old. From Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi to Buffy, Twilight, and the Sookie Stackhouse tales, vampires stories just seem to get more and more popular—an...
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Sep.12.2011
Count Dracula
“I never drink…wine.” –Count Dracula, in Bram Stoker’s Dracula  “I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.” –Bela Lugosi Red Room is finally going down the Transylvania Turnpike, consorting with villainous Vlads and leering Lestats. Please blog this...
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Sep.12.2011
Colosseum by night
From the time it emerged from the ruins of the Roman Empire, Italy has been one of the world’s most important centers of art and architecture, spirituality and science; in short, of la bella vita. In literature alone, work ranging from early medieval philosophy to the Divine Comedy to modern and...
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Sep.05.2011
Leaning Tower of Pisa
From the time it emerged from the ruins of the Roman Empire, Italy has been one of the world’s most important centers of art and architecture, spirituality and science; in short, of la bella vita. In literature alone, work ranging from early medieval philosophy to the Divine Comedy to modern and...
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Sep.05.2011
He Said What?
The launch in August of an all-new Red Room represented the biggest change this community saw since we began. I talked about the most prominent ones in this blog entry, and the Red Room Team has been busy since the launch fielding all the fantastic feedback from Red Roomers—shout-outs, constructive...
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Aug.15.2011
The launch this week of an all-new Red Room represents the biggest change this community has seen since we began. I'm eager to show you the literally hundreds of improvements we’ve made to your online home. I talk about the most prominent ones in this blog entry, but I hope you'll contact us with...
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Jul.22.2011
(The link in September 7, 2011's, newsletter to the Moment Everything Changed blog topic wrap-up should have gone here. Sorry for any confusion!) The observance of Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day at the beginning of July led Red Room to wonder about patriotism. (We noted that several other...
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Jul.04.2011
The observance in the past few days of Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day led Red Room to wonder about patriotism. (We note that several other countries celebrate independence or national days this week, including Venezuela, Malawi, Comoros, and Lithuania). In Enlightenment-era France, patriotism...
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Jun.27.2011
Cities around the world commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots every June with LGBT--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender--Pride celebrations. Americans concerned with gay rights had a special occasion to celebrate last weekend. New York became the sixth state, and by far the most populous, to...
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Jun.19.2011
By Gina Misiroglu To celebrate Father's Day, June 19th, Red Room asked several of its authors to write about their dads, their own experiences as fathers, or other memorable stories about fatherhood. It's been my pleasure to shepherd these articles to AOL's ParentDish and MyDaily channels, or to...
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Jun.17.2011
Cities around the world commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots every June with LGBT—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender—Pride celebrations. Books with gay themes, both overt and hidden, are nothing new; however, the open place they have on mainstream bookstore and library shelves demonstrates...
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Jun.17.2011
"To blog or not to blog: that is the question." –Not Hamlet, Act III, scene 1 The so-called English Renaissance of the 16th and early 17th centuries is known for the proto-scientific philosophies of Thomas More and Francis Bacon and the music of Thomas Tallis, but it's most famous...
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Jun.02.2011
Bloggeth the Bard of Avon?
"To blog or not to blog: that is the question." –Not Hamlet, Act III, scene 1 It's time to haul out your iambic pentameter, your "alarums" and "forsooths," and blog this week in the style of the Bard of Avon. Or, write in your own voice but as if you were living in...
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May.30.2011
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." –General Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of the Allied invasion of France during World War II As the United States observed Memorial Day last weekend, we thought of...
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May.23.2011
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."  –General Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of the Allied invasion of France during World War II As the United States observes Memorial Day next week, we think of the...
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