Grow a Mo – Save a Bro!

Movember was launched in Australia in 2003 to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers. Men bring attention to these issues by growing a moustache during the month of November; simply changing their appearance fosters conversation about the serious underlying issues of men’s health. Check out these websites for detailed information about Movember Foundation and No…
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“Excellent!” I cried. “Elementary,” said he.

October 31, 1892, is the publication anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s comprehensive Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, significant as the first collection of Holmes stories that had been previously only been published in magazines. From 1878, Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six Holmes-centric short stories over the span of nearly forty years, with all…
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Hugo Awards – 2018

The World of Science Fiction Society (“Worldcon”) issues the Hugo Award annually to the best literary creations in science fiction. The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955, are the most prestigious awards for science fiction. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the Worldcon, an international literary society…
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Comics Code Authority: The Great Ruin of Interesting Things

Comics used to be wild: wild stories, wild concepts, wild images, across-the-board wild creativity. The Great Comics Boom of the 1930s was a time of artistic discovery--the introduction of cheesy and outlandish ideas that became tropes by virtue of overuse. Superheroes weren’t even the tip of the iceberg. Like novels, comics embodied the breadth of…
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State by State Stories

During the month of our nation's founding, let’s set aside all the ugly and disparaging spitefulness that seems to increasingly embody and divide our nation. So often we take for granted the vast, magnificent expanse of earth that is the United States. Although “America the Beautiful” was written one hundred and twenty-five years ago, the…
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Summer Weddings

There is an over-abundance of wedding-themed literature. A simple catalog search for wedding fiction yields a treasure trove of campy, lusty, sappy romances. Romance books provide fascinating and probing insight on the topic of desire--not in a sexually explicit manner (though there is plenty of that), but in a deeper, more emotional sense. The reader…
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