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Archive for April, 2012
by Nina Munteanu • 23 comments
Bell’s performance was an experiment in context, perception and priorities – as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste...it brings up yet another question about North Americans as a culture: do we need someone else to tell us what is beautiful and worthwhile?
Some years ago Washington Post staff writer Gene Weingarten decided to experiment on the hypothesis: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend? Weingarten asked internation...
by Nina Munteanu • 16 comments
Philosopher Mark Kingwell wrote, “travel is a drug, and not just because it can be addictive. More because it alters consciousness, dilates the mind and maybe even rewires the cerebral cortex …
On my third day in Paris, I got lost. I didn’t mean to; it just happened. I’d started early and joined the morning crowd at the Musée d’Orsay. After a breathtaking journey through the visions of Fr...
Thoughts on music, publishing, and high fantasy from Compton Crook Award-winner James Stoddard.
Special thanks to Scribophile member Everett Kergosien (alias eekwriter) for putting us in touch with this award-winning fantasy author for an interview. James Stoddard's short fiction and article...
by Nina Munteanu • 18 comments
What does it take to be a hero—a female hero— particularly? And does there need to be a difference? The tweets and FB talk and internet buzz out there imply that male heroes differ from female heroes; they embrace differing quests and archetypal roles and reflect different qualities.
For my birthday tomorrow, I’m heading to the cinema to watch the popular — and somewhat controversial — Hunger Games. Well, controversial among some critics and followers of critics, anyway. I came ac...
by Nina Munteanu • 27 comments
“The shape of our language is not rigid,” they tell us. “We have no lawgiver whose word is final.” This is because language is fluid and ever-evolving as the artist’s tool of communication.
During my recent reread of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, this little book yielded more good advice that I wish to share with you. “The shape of our language is not rigid,” they tell u...
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