The Word Of Jeff

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Don’t Use Pants

I’m sometimes perceived as a grammar nazi, although that is never my intent. The truth is that I don’t consider myself as well-versed in the rules of grammar as most professional writers I know.

Don’t Use Pants

I’m sometimes perceived as a grammar nazi, although that is never my intent. The truth is that I don’t consider myself as well-versed in the rules of grammar as most professional writers I know.

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Book Adaptations On Netflix

Book Adaptations On Netflix

Over at BookRiot they have a nice list up of film adaptations of best-selling books available on Netflix. There are a few books/films I don’t recognize, but I have at least a passing familiarity with almost all of them.

Here’s a list of the adaptations I’ve seen:

grapesofwrathbookmovie324pxSherlock– I enjoyed the first season of this BBC version (tried the US version and hated it) but haven’t had a chance to watch the…

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Manhattan Bookstores Disappearing

I don’t live in Manhattan, or even anywhere near it (though I always said if I won the lottery I would, mostly because that’s the only way I could afford to live there), but when I read this article in The New York Times a couple of days ago, it made me very sad.

The sadness comes from realizing that in one of the most culturally diverse and literate cities in America and the city that houses the…

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Puttin’ On The Spritz!

Puttin’ On The Spritz!

Spritz logoWould you use a system designed to increase your reading speed from the average 250 to 300 Words Per Minute to 400 WPM? This is not speedreading, which averages 700 WPM, but a way of having the words presented in a fashion that speeds up your reading and comprehension.

In a blog post for the Washington Post last week, Matt McFarland discusses “Books are losing the war for our attention. Here’s…

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Happy 81st Birthday, Philip Roth

Happy 81st Birthday, Philip Roth

Portnoy's ComplaintIt’s the birthday of novelist Philip Roth born in Newark, New Jersey on this date in 1933.

After college, when he was 26 years old and teaching at the University of Chicago, he published his first book, a classic story of adolescence, the novella “Goodbye, Columbus”in 1959. It won the National Book Award. In the 50-plus years since, Roth has published more than 30 books, including “Portnoy’s…

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