Douglas Rushkoff is a guest blogger. I just raced through two novels - not because I had to finish them quickly, but because they moved so quickly. The first, by my best friend from college Walter Kirn, is an entertaining but (for me, anyway) nightmarish reminiscence on trying to make it through Princeton called Lost in the Meritocracy, based on this essay Kirn wrote for The Atlantic. Not the academics, but the culture itself. What self-conscious public school kids like Walter and me learned at Princeton was that there really super wealthy people who control a heck of a lot of the world, and that they have institutions like Princeton to help their kids find one another and then inherit their daddies' places. Yes, I know most of you already know that - but we didn't. It was a more innocent era, and these kind of things came as big, adolescent, crises of disillusionment that required ample self-medication. And Kirn's writing, if you haven't gotten to experience it before, is the most

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Book review: 'Dracula' gets an Icelandic makeover in 'Powers of Darkness'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Morristown area authors discuss new books
New Jersey Hills
Blair MacInnes, left, of Morrris Township discusses her book of historical fiction, "A Collection of Hours," with Penny Jones of Morris Plains. The book is set in Chicago in the late 19th century and IS based on the life of her great-grandmother, Mary ...



16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ? digested read
The Guardian
I was staking out a perp called J. Intel was he was linked to the terror group GAOAEBMIA ? Global Attacks on Absolutely Anywhere But Mainly in America. The mission was to just keep track of him. But then I saw he had ?bomb? written on the side of his car.



Yahoo Cricket (blog)
In Stats: KL Rahul and Pujara Enter Record Books of Indian Cricket
Yahoo Cricket (blog)
The second day of the deciding Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 turned out to be just as absorbing as the first day. India finished the second day's play at 248-6 - still 52 runs short of Australia's first innings score of 300 ...

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Yahoo News
PEI group sets up Little Free Library with French books
Yahoo News
Given that little libraries involve taking a book and leaving another one behind, the Little Free French Library has a variety of books, including novels for young adults and even a cook book. Lecky also noted that other language books have found their ...

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Molly Mahood obituary
The Guardian
The work of the scholar and teacher Molly Mahood, who has died aged 97, engaged with a wide range of literary and geographical areas. Her book Shakespeare's Wordplay (1957), a study of the playwright's ambiguities and puns, is still essential reading ...



The Quint
In Stats: KL Rahul and Pujara Enter Record Books of Indian Cricket
The Quint
The second day of the deciding Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 turned out to be just as absorbing as the first day. India finished the second day's play at 248-6 - still 52 runs short of Australia's first innings score of 300 ...

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CBC.ca
PEI group sets up Little Free Library with French books
CBC.ca
Given that little libraries involve taking a book and leaving another one behind, the Little Free French Library has a variety of books, including novels for young adults and even a cook book. Lecky also noted that other language books have found their ...

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NorthJersey.com
Edible Books Festival in Rutherford features sweet reads
NorthJersey.com
RUTHERFORD - If you've ever loved a book so much you could eat it, the third annual Edible Books Festival competition at the Rutherford Public Library offered bookworms a creative sweet venue to illustrate their favorite books and characters in a sweet ...

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Banning Howard Zinn's Books Is Hardly a Way to "Start a Conversation"
Truth-Out
Kim Hendren had introduced a bill intended to outlaw the teaching of "books or any other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn" in Arkansas public schools. Zinn, a historian who passed away in 2010, is best known for his work, A People's ...






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