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Literature for Life - The Classics: Don Quixote

Posted by Josh Weiss on October 27, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)


There is perhaps no better achievement to the writing community than inspiring a new word. Why not? Shakespeare made up a ton of them that we still use today! And thus, we have the word “quixotic,” meaning “exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.” Where does this oddly spe...

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Literature For Life: Rewriting History

Posted by Josh Weiss on October 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)



They say history is written by the victors, but no one said it couldn’t be rewritten by the imagination. When imaging alternative histories, we must always turn to the two-word question that precedes them: “What if?” What if the Axis powers had won WWII? What if JFK had survived Oswald’s bullets? What if the Union had been crus...

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Literature for Life - The Classics: Moby Dick

Posted by Josh Weiss on August 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)



We all have Great White Whales in our lives. They’re the things that we pursue with a hungry ferocity, but are still able to evade us. Have you ever wondered where the phrase came from? Moby Dick is perhaps one of the most well-known novels of time (even if you’ve never read it) and one of those books that evokes a collectiv...

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Literature For Life: Beyond The Edge of Reason

Posted by Josh Weiss on July 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



A wise man once wrote that “the most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.” That man was H.P. Lovecraft, an author who reinvented the horror genre single-handedly, paving the way for modern horror literature. Yet, he died in pain and poverty. You know y...

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The Classics: Great Expectations

Posted by Thomas Lorenzo on June 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Charles Dickens is one of those authors that has lived on for a long while, crafting such singular works that one can’t deny his impact in the writing world. The biggest example of his work still influencing storytelling is A Christmas Carol, going further than simple retellings in cinema but as a mainstay in television as well...

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Literature For Life: New Spins On Old Favorites

Posted by Thomas Lorenzo on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Comics are big business now. Hollywood has been lifting them into the public consciousness for awhile now, in dribs and drabs since 1978 with Superman: The Movie but not until 2000 in a truly major way with X-Men. Ever since it’s been a never ending stream of big budgets based on these old gems, some working and others no...

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Literature For Life - The Classics: To Kill A Mockingbird

Posted by Thomas Lorenzo on March 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)



What makes a man? It’s a question that everyone has on the brain and has been asked since the beginning of cognizant thought. Is it the ability to provide for our loved ones? Giving them protection? Showing them love? Money? Is physical strength more manly than mental strength? Does how one dress make a man? If...

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Literature For Life: High Class Pulp

Posted by Thomas Lorenzo on February 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Pulp entertainment is always looked down upon by so called “high minded” folks, especially when it comes to literature. Which is absolute nonsense, because pulp literature is the best kind of literature. For one, it is the entry point for most to get into reading. Also, pulp entertainment as t...

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Literature for Life - The Classics: The Crucible

Posted by Thomas Lorenzo on January 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)



It isn’t that insightful to say that we use stories as a way to work out our own personal problems or to shed a light on problems plaguing us as a whole. It also isn’t a surprise to say that sometimes a writer can use a past event as a mirror image to the times they are living in. Using that as an in to a story tends t...

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Literature For Life: Memoirs

Posted by Mike Natale on November 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


From our earliest recorded works, mankind has shown a fascination with the lives of others. A craving to know the stories of those who came before and those of our own time whom we revere, whether it be the objective chronicling of Herodotus or the fictionalized, fantastic tales of Achean heroes by Homer. Yet strangel...

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Literature For Life- The Classics: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Posted by Mike Natale on October 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


“The main thing you got to remember is that everything in the world is a hustle.”

 

“In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.”

 

“I’ve had enough of some...

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Literature for Life: Thrillers

Posted by Mike Natale on September 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The summer is over, and soon the leaves will fall, the wind will chill, and young men will sit by their windows.  Will the air of summer the season return again like it did before, or will it take those frivolous affairs crystalized in summer heat and the light of fireflies, untouched by the real world, away with it forever?. At least we can a...

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Literature For Life: At The Movies

Posted by Mike Natale on August 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The month of August finds us on the precipice of the prestige movie season, so what better subject for this month’s Literature for Life than the movies? This month, we’re taking a look at four books that are going to be hitting the big screen this year. Now is the perfect time to catch up and be able to tell your friends “That scene was ...

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Literature for Life - The Classics: A Raisin in the Sun

Posted by Mike Natale on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


“You tired, ain’t you? Tired of everything. Me, the boy, the way we live – this beat-up hole – everything. Ain’t you? So tired – moaning and groaning all the time, but you wouldn’t do nothing to help, would you? You couldn’t be on my side that long for nothing, could you?” -Walter, Act 1 Scene ...

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Literature for Life: Contemporary Cooking Books

Posted by Dana Zillgitt on April 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Ever thought of going paleo? Or wanted to revamp your skills in the kitchen? Curious about fly fishing? Check out these fascinating cook and guide books on Amazon and get those skills to work!



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Literature for Life: 12 Years A Slave, Eliot Ness, HRC, and Lincoln's Boys

Posted by Dana Zillgitt on March 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Biographies are always an interesting look into the world around us both past and present. It’s an intrinsic look into some of the most harrowing events in aMerican history and its something we should read into, no pun intended, and biographies are the perfect way to learn more about the past.



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Literature for Life: Cultureship, The Demographic Cliff, Leaders Eat Last, and Turn That Ship Around!

Posted by Dana Zillgitt on February 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Ever had a job crisis? Wondered how to make that transition from sheep to leader? Here are a few books to add to your collection. Buy them on Amazon and before you put them on your bookshelf to collect dust while earning you some brownie points, read them and learn something. You won’t regret it.




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Literature for Life: The Authority, Captain America, Daredevil, and Green Lantern

Posted by Dana Zillgitt on January 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Who hasn’t had the dream once or twice of becoming a superhero? If the closest you’ll come is reading a comic book or graphic novel, here are a few to increase your collection—or even series to help start it. Some you may have heard of already thanks to the Hollywood box office but there may also be one or two you haven’t heard of it. Here’s a look into ...

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Literature for Life: Ron Burgundy, Colin Cowherd Yuval Levin and Joe Manganiello Books Delight

Posted by Dana Zillgitt on December 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Anytime someone can add to my already extensive reading list is a good day. These books weren’t on my radar before (except maybe for Ron Burgundy) but I’m sure glad they are now. Pick them up at your local book store and turn the pages. I promise you won’t regret any of these choices.



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The 3 R's of Music biographies: Rap Rock and R&B!

Posted by manofthehour on December 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One Day It’ll All Make Sense (Atria Books)

Want to take a look at the rise of a self-made man from the south side of Chicago who started his career as a gangsta rapper turned socially conscious hip hop artist turned actor? Then you will want ...

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