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Stephen King: the productivity of writing books

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How to write like Stephen King – as in, how to physically write like Stephen King; the talent you’ll have to work on that yourselves:

As with most postulates dealing with subjective perceptions, the idea that prolific writing equals bad

Posted: 29th, August 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Trigger Warning: free speech is being attacked and downgraded in Anglo-American culture, says Mick Hume

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Anorak asked journalist Mick Hume about his new book, which looks at the highly topical issue of free speech…

 

Your new book is entitled ‘Trigger Warning’. For those not familiar with the phrase, could you explain its origin

Posted: 17th, June 2015 | In: Books, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Connecticut teacher fired for reading Allen Ginsberg poem students can borrow from the school library

 

Censorshsip is on the rise in the US. The ‘you can’t say that’ culture is undermining free speech and free thinking. National Coalition Against Censorship has news: “During an AP class discussion about gratuitous language, a student asked a …

Posted: 7th, June 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reader photocopies his Kindle to make a more expensive physical backup

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Artist Jesse England’s “E-Book Backup” project sees him photocopy his Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984. He photocopied every page, one by one. He then uploaded the scanned copy to his Kindle.…

Posted: 12th, May 2015 | In: Books, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pony power: highlights of Top Gear erotica fan fiction

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Hold on your Top Gear hair it’s going to be bumpy ride as we look at Top Gear erotic fan fiction. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are away…

This is from a work entitled Clutch:

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Posted: 9th, April 2015 | In: Books, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


World Book Day: Salford boy banned from dressing as 50 Shades of Grey character

 

To mark World Book Day, school children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. Liam Scholes, 11, arrived at Sale High School dressed as Christian Grey, eponymous star of 50 Shades of Grey. He carried …

Posted: 6th, March 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jack Chick: One Man’s Comic-Book Crusade For Humanity

Chick Career: one man’s comic-book crusade for humanity

 

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Are you worried about the growing menace of the Homosexual-Catholic-Islamic-Satanist-Masonic-Alien conspiracy to promote evolutionism, fornication, pornography, pornography, paedophilia, pop music, alcohol and drugs?

 

 

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No?

Well in that …

Posted: 2nd, March 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


50 Shades of Grey Balls sparks huge drop in birth rate

The Daily Star has a story that “300,000 set to get pregnant” as the 50 Shades of Grey film hits the national libido.

 

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(The woman on the left is Miley Cyrus, who is neither in the film …

Posted: 11th, February 2015 | In: Books, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Measles are for cool kids: extracts from Melanie’s Marvelous Measles (the only book you’ll ever read!)

MEASLES are back. And that’s cool. Measles is the hipster disease.

The great thing about measles is that they are FREE! But even then some mums and dads are too uptight to get with the cool.

But in Melanie’s Marvelous

Posted: 9th, February 2015 | In: Books, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Read the colouring and activity book from the U.S. Border Patrol Museum, El Paso, Texas

Budding smuggler hunters can study this colouring and activity book from the U.S. Border Patrol Museum, El Paso, Texas.

 
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Posted: 8th, February 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Get A Husband: An 1880 guide to spotting a man

How To Get A Husband – a guide for woman in the 1880s:

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Read it all at Flashbak……

Posted: 14th, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


2014 Bulwer-Lytton winner: ‘When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered…’

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And the winner of the 2014 Bulwer-Lytton contest is:

“When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered – this had to mean land! – but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse

Posted: 12th, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bike Shed Library: Pete Cave’s Chopper

On Flashbak, Ed Barrett is building a Bike Shed Library.

First book is No. 1: Chopper by Pate Cave (NEL, 1971):

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In the days when Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris was bestriding Stamford Bridge, another Chopper Harris was enthralling the …

Posted: 5th, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Writers and alcohol: Christopher Hitchens’ Seder Night sodality

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Christopher Hitchens talks about booze in his book Hitch-22:

I work at home, where there is indeed a bar-room, and can suit myself. But I don’t. At about half past midday, a decent slug of Mr. Walker’s amber restorative,

Posted: 1st, January 2015 | In: Books | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Collins Atlas wipes Israel from the map: IDF wears invisibility cloak

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Israel has gone. It was never there. Anyone buying a HarperCollins Middle East Atlas in Jordan, Syria, the Gulf states, Saudia Arabia and Lebanon will find no Israel.

Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International …

Posted: 31st, December 2014 | In: Books, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Howard Jacobson: why Christians make the best Nazis and Islamofascism is a myth

Howard Jacobson nails it. Why only Christians can be Nazis. And why Islamofascism is an amplified myth:

‘Christianity is key here,’ says Jacobson. ‘Muslims have needed the Jew less [historically], although there’s a lot of Muslim anti-Semitism now due to

Posted: 19th, December 2014 | In: Books | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liz Prince On Tomboy: ‘I’ve always thought about gender’

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In Tomboy, Liz Prince looks at growing up, being a girl and what gender means:

“I’ve always thought about gender, as someone who has been categorically ‘gender nonconforming’ for my entire life, I was forced to think about

Posted: 13th, December 2014 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ray Bradbury: how to burn a book without fire

 

Thought of the day:

“About two years ago, a letter arrived from a solemn young lady telling me how much she enjoyed reading my experiment in space mythology, The Martian Chronicles. But, she added, wouldn’t it be a good

Posted: 13th, December 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


God’ll Fix It: when Jimmy Savile confessed to his demons in 1978

Book of the day is the 1979 tome, God’ll Fix It, the divine words of Sir Jimmy Savile.

 

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The chapter How Do I Cope With Sex? , told readers:

Sex at its worst is corruption, as when young

Posted: 3rd, December 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Neal Cassady Shall Be Justified: Read The Joan Anderson Letter That Inspired Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

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In 1950 Neal Cassady chocked down mouthfuls of speed and wrote a 16,000 words, 18-page letter to hgis friend Jack Kerouac. In it he recalled a trip to Denver and a dalliance with a Joan Anderson. Kerouac was writing …

Posted: 24th, November 2014 | In: Books, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sexist Barbie Says ‘I Can Be…A Computer Engineeer’ – But Only If The Boys Do All The Work

WHAT can Babie be? Well, if you melt her down, she could be doorstop, a martial aid part of South Korean car’s dashboard.  But to Martel, Babrie can be anything.

Barbie Can Be…A Computer Engineeer.

Live the dream, Barbie! And …

Posted: 18th, November 2014 | In: Books, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


John Waters Reads: My Singing Anus And Carsick Parodies

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John Waters hitchhiked his way across the USA. He’s written it up in Carsick.

“I have probably 8,500 books all catalogued and everything. I’m a book collector. The novelizations of movies which no one collects? I collect them.

Posted: 18th, November 2014 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0