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Fantastic piece from +Kevin Hartnett in the Boston Globe's Ideas section on the question of whether Charles Dickens borrowed (read: stole) several crucial plot elements of A Christmas Carol from the writings of women who worked 12 hours a day spinning cotton in the Lowell mills. 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/dickens/vFjBRRSBUtzHVH9DXiCSSL/story.html
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+Maryn McKenna is a flat-out, stone-cold inspiring reporter -- and here she does her usual bang-up job on a piece that's simultaneously sobering and terrifying. Also: incredible writing -- and a lead that is, ahem, to die for. 
https://medium.com/p/892b57499e77
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The whirling dervish that is Hanya Yanagihara picks up another well-deserved accolade: PW just named "People in the Trees" as one of its Top 10 books of the year. Rock on, Hanya. 

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/59796-pw-reveals-top-101-best-books-of-2013.html
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If you're in the science communication or science journalism world, you know there's been a lot going on the last few days at +Scientific American, most recently with +ScienceOnline co-founder +Bora Zivkovic.  I know Bora, which has made this especially difficult for me. I'm hoping this leads to some tough, but necessary, discussions about our field. 

http://blogs.plos.org/thepanicvirus/2013/10/15/a-chance-to-discuss-sexism-misogyny-in-science-communication-dnlee-bora-the-sciam-fiasco/
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In memory of the great Elmore Leonard, who died earlier today at age 87: His wonderful 2001 "Writers on Writing" essay in The New York Times: "Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle." This is one of the first things I assign my writing students each year...
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/arts/writers-writing-easy-adverbs-exclamation-points-especially-hooptedoodle.html
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This Thursday at 5pm, Hilary Sargent (aka Chartgirl) will be giving a talk titled "Visualizing Information: An Alternative Route to Understanding and Explaining Complicated Information" as part of the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Colloquium Series. That's a dry, academic sounding title for what will be a free-ranging discussion of everything from Taylor Swift's maneating tendencies to to mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. Hilary is awesome -- so much so that she should more than cancel out needing to see me moderate. Hope you Boston folks can make it there...
http://blogs.plos.org/thepanicvirus/?p=6035
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This has been a horribly painful day for me -- not because of the behavior and consequences of someone I considered a friend and a champion of causes I believe in but because his actions have made me realize the extent to which the women around me deal with inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment on a daily basis. 

http://blogs.plos.org/thepanicvirus/2013/10/16/misogyny-and-sexism-in-scicomm-pt-2-act-inappropriately-and-suffer-the-consequences-full-stop/
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Yes, I'm biased, but it's nice to know that literally every review out there has agreed with my assessment that Hanya Yangihara's novel "People in the Trees" is a remarkable piece of work. The latest to weigh in is +The Boston Globe, which calls it "fascinating and multilayered" and says Hanya is like "a chef who manages to whip up a divine dish from an unlikely combination of ingredients. Her storytelling is masterful." Get this book. You'll thank me later. 
Book: http://amzn.to/15gNCSb
Globe review: http://b.globe.com/18WeNPv
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find  "The Boy in the Trees" by Italo Calvino...a great one...
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