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Books Films Movies

Who Owns a Fictional Character?

For decades, fans and critics begged for Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, to write another a novel.

In 2015, they finally got their wish. Kind of.

And, as always, you should be careful what you wish for.

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Books Reviews

Finally Confronting “It”

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To call It a box office success would be an enormous understatement. The film shattered records upon its release and has grossed over $650 million worldwide — $320 million of which came domestically — against a very modest $35 million budget.

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Books Podcast

A Podcast for Book Lovers with Some Time to Kill – John Grisham’s “Book Tour”

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“I’ve never tried to be some kind of serious literary artist.”

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I Was There

A Night in NYC to See Ryan Holiday, My Favorite Writer

 

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“How did you first hear about my work?”

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Books Writing

Four Ways That Reading Makes You a Better Writer

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

— Stephen King

Everyone, it seems, wants to be a writer these days (present company included).

The advances in technology over the past two decades has flattened the publishing world to the point that anyone can share their thoughts on a blog, microblog, whatever. You can even publish an entire book – either paperback or ebook – for free.

But just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do it. And not everyone should write a book. There are plenty of people who I’d put into that category, but there is one group I’d place at the top of the list above all others: those that do not read.

In order to be successful in any field or endeavor, it is imperative to know what you’re doing. You can’t teach a physics class if you don’t understand physics and you can’t be an accountant if you’ve never studied accounting. Similarly, you can’t realistically expect to write a book if you don’t read books, but it seems like people really want to skip this vital step.

While it is impossible to overstate the power of reading, in my experience there are four distinct ways in which reading helps writing. After all, if you don’t read books, why would you be so conceited to believe that others should read yours?

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Books Reviews

Grisham Lite Doesn’t Taste Great – “Law and Disorder” Reviewed

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There are very few guarantees in pop culture. It’s hard to know why a seemingly average song becomes a hit or why a can’t-miss film flops.

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Writing

My Very Best Writing from 2016

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2016 was my first full year with my own site.

Not coincidentally it is also the first year since 2012 in which I did not publish a book.

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Books

Every Book I Read In 2016

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When I graduated from business school in 2010, I finally had a bit more free time and I decided that I would dedicate much of that time to reading and writing.

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Books

The Best Books I Read in 2016

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Every month, I send out a monthly reading newsletter and every December, I send out my best of the year list. Here are my selections:

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Books

Get the Most Out of Your Books – Be an Active Reader

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I used to always read with a pen in my hand, as if the author and I were in a conversation.”

― Tara Bray Smith