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After watching tonight's PBS broadcast of Sweeney Todd...

…I tried to think of a more important living American artist than Stephen Sondheim. I cannot.

Entertaining Welsey Shaw

Banned books: So what?

READ BANNED BOOKS the banner at Powell’s Bookstore’s website cries. Apparently this is Banned Books week in the U.S. Browsing through the titles, I was surprised how few of them I’d read: sorry, … 745 more words

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The Guardian's take on privacy...

The Guardian had a very interesting article about the recent nude photos leak that involves Jennifer Lawrence and a bunch of other Hollywood women. It’s unusual for me to turn the reins over to someone else, but I thought this deserved to be read in full. 1,054 more words

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Replay: Kindle my heart; or, Is it really a book if it's never on paper?

That’s what the e-book readers have me thinking about these days.

Some people have told me I should, when Entertaining Welsey Shaw is finally finished and ready for publication, skip the physical book route all together and go straight to bits.  931 more words

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Hack work

Celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence have gotten another unpleasant reminder—as if they needed it—of just how public their private lives are.

Seems someone hacked into about one hundred celebrity Apple accounts (aka, the “cloud”) and seized nude photos, with the intent apparently of selling them online and making a pile of money. 657 more words

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Replay: Starting small

An interesting article popped up in my daily feed this morning: Why do first-time writers almost always start out with novels?

As the article points out, composers don’t start by writing a symphony. 954 more words

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Kim Kardashian's game

No one has ever accomplished what Kim Kardashian has. Paris Hilton, her ex-BFF, failed. Even Brenda Frazier, that darling socialite from the 1930s, pales in comparison. 897 more words

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