Monthly Archives: May 2012

How To Write a Bestseller

Have you been struggling to discover the secrets of writing a bestselling novel ? Want to know how the successful, prize-winning authors do it so very effortlessly ? Here’s one hint: Kill off your characters. Need to know more ? … Continue reading

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Edgar Allan Poe (via Christopher Walken)

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Edgar Allan Poe says it all…

This stunning black and white film was based on the Edgar Allan Poe quote “The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and one begins ?” It was created … Continue reading

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Never Enough Books

I can’t think of a more appropriate way to camouflage unsightly electrical transformers. The Library Place Apartments, adjacent to the Everett, Washington Public Library have just added this wonderful installation. It’s called the “Book Stack” and it stands 8-feet-tall and … Continue reading

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Man Ray : Object to Be Destroyed

While I was wandering around the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia a few weeks ago, I stumbled on one of Man Ray‘s Object to be Destroyed sculptures.. Although he’s best known for his surrealist photographs, I’ve been drawn to his … Continue reading

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Ebooks Explosion

Graphic designer Boris Benko has created this info-packed infographic that helps us visualize trends in book sales and reading in the United States. According to his stats, 29% of all American adults own at least one type of digital reading … Continue reading

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Alternate Worlds of Philip K. Dick

Last month I posted a newly discovered letter by author Philip K. Dick to the producers of the film Blade Runner. This prompted a perspicacious TBTP reader to direct me to a marvelous website sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust. … Continue reading

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Propaganda or Art

Once again the United States has embarked on another seemingly endless Presidential Campaign. As electoral advertizing moves in to topgear we can expect to see all manner of campaign commercials, print art and propaganda. At least we can all enjoy … Continue reading

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Trainiacs Alert

The 5th annual National Train Day on May 12th marks the 143rd anniversary of the completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad. On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, the famed “golden spike” was driven into the final railroad tie … Continue reading

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Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow marks the tenth anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, an annual event that delivers precisely what it promises. Retailers across the U.S. will be offering specially printed copies of comic books, along with discounts on back-issues and other items; … Continue reading

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