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A Lifetime of Emotion In Seven Minutes

This remarkable clip is going around the web as I write this, but on the off chance you haven’t seen it, please watch this performance of “Stairway to Heaven” by Jason Bonham and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart at the 35th Kennedy Center Honors ceremony… and pay close attention to the faces of Robert […]

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A Body Language Cheat Sheet For Writers

Here’s kind of a neat thing: author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” (PDF link) fiction writers can use to dress their characters. As someone credited / blamed with a “cinematic” writing style, I’m always giving my characters “business” to do. Their eyebrows […]

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E-Singles: Nothing New To Indie Authors

I just read a piece over at Techdirt on the so-called “rise of e-singles.” Timothy Geigner describes these as “works of complete literature in the neighborhood of 8k-10k words,” and quotes Laura Hazard Owen at Paid Content as saying Amazon’s Kindle Singles store has “283 singles.” Owen writes that 2012 was the “year of the […]

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Where Is Our New New Wave Theatre?

I was thirteen years old when I discovered New Wave Theatre on channel 18 in 1980. A little while later, I found it again on the USA Network’s Night Flight (Night Flight deserves its own blog post, but the Wikipedia entry is pretty good, too.) Today, New Wave Theatre and the strange, revelatory world of […]

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Toilet Impossible

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You won’t need to hold it; don’t worry. There’s another toilet for able, young, virginal adults right next door. Also… doesn’t this sign make you wonder what they sell there? Snapped by Cliff Pickover, found on the web at Boing Boing, and presented here for your enjoyment and dismay.