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Charles Bukowski’s Letter – Terms for Poetry Reading

Letter from Charles Bukowski, outlining his terms to give a poetry reading.

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A moveable feast – Ernest Hemingway’s life & writing

Our latest feature is a tribute to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), one of the greatest names in literature. Can anyone really go through life without reading one of his books? Even if you reject his writing, how can you not be fascinated by his life? A hunter, a drinker, a womaniser, an adventurer, a war hero, […]

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Bil Keane, The Man Behind The Family Circus, Dies

Bil Keane, writer and illustrator of the long-running comic strip The Family Circus, died November 8th at age 89.

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Ernest Hemingway’s life in pictures

Ernest Hemingway still seems larger than life more than 50 years after his death. Although his life is filled with legend and myth, there are some basic facts that cannot be disputed. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. After a few months as a journalist on the Kansas city Star, […]

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Book Review: Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield

If you believe that life should have a soundtrack, Love is a Mix Tape is the book for you.

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Joseph Heller enjoyed World War II

The Guardian skims through a letter written by Joseph Heller of Catch-22 fame to be auctioned off, and concludes that the author actually enjoyed his military service during World War II and found it full of ‘glamour’ unlike his anti-hero Yossarian. How did I feel about the war when I was in it?” Heller wrote […]

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Ten Facts about Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway led a remarkable life that saw him win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and also the Nobel Prize for Literature. But he was also a man of action who reported from the Spanish Civil War and World War II, and drove a Red Cross ambulance in Italy during World War I where he […]

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New Weirdness: Visit the Weird Book Room

Do you know the Weird Book Room? We’ve just updated with six new finds, including our featured weird book this time around, “Ragnar’s Guide to Home and Recreational Use of High Explosives”.

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Beauty Pays, being ugly does not

I was wondering why huge salaries and fancy cars have always eluded me during my career. It turns out that no-one wants to pay big bucks to someone who looks like a pig in knickers. Don’t read this Huffington Post interview if you are ugly.

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Among the Fans – a sports book about watching the watchers

Here’s another book for my to-read list and I’m going to blog about it so I don’t forget. I like the look of Among the Fans by Patrick Collins – reviewed in The Guardian by sportswriter Richard Williams. It’s a book about watching sports fans as they are watching (or not watching) sport. Fans of […]

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