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October 4 in history

23 – Rebels captured and sacked the Chinese capital Chang’an during a peasant rebellion.

610 Heraclius arrived by ship from Africa at Constantinople, overthrew Byzantine Emperor Phocas and became Emperor. 755 more words

History

Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan [Book Review]

You can’t judge a book by its cover. In this case, you can’t judge a book by its name. Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan, a Brooklyn-based writer who has contributed to magazines such as Sassy, Vibe, Spin and Vanity Fair, will perhaps stick in my mind as the most unfortunately named book of 2014. 615 more words

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Books are often banned for a portrayal of what is considered by some to be obscene. How dangerous these little bits of ink on paper can be.  10 more words

Literature