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Coming-of-age memoirs make great gifts

December 17, 2010

Tags: memoirs, gift books, holiday gifts, recommended reading

For those thinking about writing their memoirs, or for book lovers generally, these coming-of-age novels make ideal gifts:
Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina (semi-fictionalized)
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Baker, Russell. Growing Up (more…)

The Magic Article Rewriter (not a person)

December 13, 2010

Tags: copyright, plagiarism, content mills

My mouth is still open after reading The Best Spinner vs. the Magic Article Rewriter. What can you deduce from the following copy: "almost 100% of every content about anything has already been written or said at least once somewhere around the web. That (more…)

Hans Rosling, animating global health data

December 10, 2010

Making Data Dance, an Economist story (12-9-10), presents Hans Rosling, a Swedish lecturer on global health, who "has become an online star by using data visualisations to make serious points about health policy and development." Do not miss The Joy of Stats (more…)

Rules for Discussing the Meaning of It All

December 6, 2010

Tags: faith, storytelling, radio

"On my radio show, which covers issues of faith and moral imagination, I encourage my guests to follow a couple of ground rules: No abstractions about God, and speak in the first person, not on behalf of your group or tradition (or God)," writes radio host Krista Tippett, in a blog essay about her public radio program, (more…)

The Art and Economics of Ghostwriting Books

December 6, 2010

Tags: books, ghost writer, ghost writing, publishing, writing

"With the rise in self-publishing and the popularity of celebrity books, demand for ghostwriters has increased dramatically," writes Joni Rodgers, ghostwriter of bestsellers, in a story for Daily Finance: The Art and Economics of Ghostwriting (11-29-2010). "And with the downturn in (more…)