For most people, January is all about looking ahead to the future. You know, out with the old, in with the new. For books lovers however, this is the time to gorge yourself on all of the delicious diction you somehow missed in 2013.
Perhaps your winter is full of wintery things to do, such as scraping the ice off your car's windshield or catching snowflakes with your tongue when no one is looking. But nothing will make your winter complete except for a comfy couch, a cup of hot buttered rum and a good book on your lap.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a British runner with a hamstring injury, collapsed only to be pulled to his feet and helped around the finish line by another man who had jumped onto the track from the stands. Most people didn't see it, because the race was only a preliminary heat, but Mitch Albom saw a story, and ran to the stadium tunnel to find it.
If you are fond of exercising your fingers and want to spice up the dreary month of November, consider writing a 50,000 word brand-new novel in 30 days for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). And no, writing one word repeated 50,000 times does not count.
When Fred Bueltmann and Brett VanderKamp first started homebrewing in the early 90s, that little thing called the Internet was still in technological diapers. So, they read books (ever heard of 'em?) to gain their knowledge.
The fifth installment of ArtPrize will again feature an overwhelming amount of painstakingly planned and prepared visual stimuli, but the entry that might best embody the event's overarching purpose was created in the spirit of pure randomness.
On the scale of life-changing experiences, Steve Miller rates walking by an open window in 1968 and exposing his 11-year-old ears to the ferocious sonic assault of The Motor City Five pretty damn high.
As a kid catching shows throughout Detroit, and later as a founding member of the pioneer hardcore band, The Fix, Miller thoroughly witnessed the raw power and explosive creativity of the city’s music scene, but it was only after he’d forged a new career as a journalist in the early 1990s that he began thinking of it in literary terms.
Many budding authors have the misconception that in order to be great, they need a cramped basement apartment in New York City, a typewriter and a bottle of good whiskey. Wrong!
In the midst of the recent global economic recession, artists from all over the world descended on Detroit to tell the same tale of unemployment rates, rampant home foreclosures, abandoned neighborhoods and crumbling skyscrapers. Mark Binelli does it differently.
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