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"To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool."
Robert E. Sherwood

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  • Over the next month or so we're going to be offering a new series of guest posts (read the first series,"The Next Decade in Book Culture here). Our question: How are you handling the rise of the e-book? Are you reading on Kindle, the Sony Reader, the Vook, have you reserved an iPad?  Are you buying e-books? Reading e-galleys? And how's it working out for you? Let us know your quibbles, quirks, happy and not so happy adventures in e-reading. NBCC president Jane Ciabattari pitched some questions at Scott Lindenbaum, founding co-editor of the innovative new literary quarterly...
  • The Atlas Review, a new biannual print journal, has a mission “to extend aesthetic qualities/dilemmas beyond a few communities and into the open air of all voices.” Editor Natalie Eilbert says: “It is our hope that through our anonymous submission system, we can graph a new geography of writers and artists, from Idaho to the Philippines.” Along with Eilbert, Editors Jillian Kuzma and Dolan
  • If you are looking to improve your grades in your university essay, university assignment or university dissertation, then maybe you should look carefully at some of the common mistakes that students make regularly before they hand in their academic work.
  • An essay is simply an organized collection of personal views on a particular subject. In most institutions essay topics are usually assigned to students. Essays can be long, short formal, humerous and even informal.
  • The title given here would have definitely pulled you to read the article. It is still a mystery for all the webmasters about the working of Alexa. Alexa is a subsidiary of Amazon which works on ranking the websites based on various factors.

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Fast fact about writing

Writing was developed independently in Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, and among the Maya in Central America. There are some areas where the question as to whether writing was adopted or independently developed is in doubt, as at Easter Island.