Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Mo., a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts.
J.K. Rowling's announcement that she had donated $1.7 million to the "No" forces in Scotland's upcoming referendum on independence has led to a torrent of Scottish nationalist anger against the creator of the "Harry Potter" series.
Toward the end of September, I found myself in a meeting room at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York with planners from a variety of book fairs (Miami, Trinidad, Texas, Australia) discussing audience and cooperation and outreach. It was the morning after the Brooklyn Book Festival, which had drawn tens of thousands, and the atmosphere was upbeat, marked by excitement, even relief.
Who wants to be a writer? We made a game about the life of a writer, based on a survey with authors coming to the Festival of Books. As in real life, you might get a book deal or fall into a pit of despair. Feel free to play instead of finishing your manuscript. #books#writing#writers
Why all the handwringing and end-of-civilization talk around Oxford Dictionaries naming 'selfie' word of the year? It just highlights the nimble nature of our language. (Let's avoid using 'drelfie,' though, OK?)