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Plagiarism software pins down new source for Shakespeare's plays

Scholars say the likelihood of George North’s unpublished manuscript A Brief Discourse of Rebellion sharing words and features with the Bard’s plays by chance is ‘less than one in a billion’<p>Plagiarism software more commonly used to check student essays for overly assiduous borrowings has uncovered …

George North

Reindeer are still very radioactive 30 years after Chernobyl

1/<p>In the fallout of Chernobyl, streams of radioactive material spewed into the atmosphere above the Soviet Union and across Europe. Among the most …

Confessions of a Ghost Writer: Pay No Attention To That Woman Behind the Curtain

Recently, I appeared on a radio show to promote a literary event. We were talking about my latest novel, but inevitably the host asked, "So you're a ghostwriter, too? Who have you written for?"<p>I laughed and gave my standard answer: "Sorry. If I told you, I'd have to kill you."<p>"But don't you even …

The Seriously Real Female Character in Fiction Eats Real Food

My character PI Cate Harlow eats. I mean really eats; normal food like pizza, panini, and pasta. And she likes her Merlot too. Add to that she's got a damned good sex life with her ex-husband, a hot charming NYPD detective. I wrote her that way because she is a normal, healthy woman and normal, …

You Are Not What You Write

I realized recently that whether I'm writing, teaching, or even interviewing, I'm only interested in communicating one idea: <i>Everything is okay, even though it looks like everything is not okay</i>. As much I love this idea, I spend most of my days remembering that it is true. After all, everything …

State of the Union: Barack Obama sells optimism to nervous nation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Putting aside a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and …

Israeli Jews And Arabs Make Out To Make Peace

Participants in a new viral video declare that kissing a stranger on camera is still "less strange than the [Arab-Israeli] conflict."<p>Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss.<p>And sometimes a kiss is a protest against an ill-advised book ban -- which is the case with the six Israeli Jewish-Arab couples …

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As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands

The Authors Guild has started the new year with a bang. First, the group, which represents the interests of writers, asked the Supreme Court to review an October appeals court ruling, which upheld Google's right to digitize out-of-print books without an author's permission. A few days later, the …

Vow to Write Better, Not Faster in 2016, Despite Our Binge-Loving Culture

Recently, I was skimming the front pages of the New York Times book review when I caught this item: Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel, "Here I Am," is coming out next fall. I'm looking forward to reading it--I admired his earlier novels, "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly …

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Thomas Piketty might have the most controversial theory for what's behind the rise of ISIS

It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic circles.<p>The new argument, which Piketty spelled out recently in the French newspaper Le Monde, is this: Inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Islamic State …

Paris terror attacks: The West is at war with a death cult – we must join together to stamp it out

In Islamist terrorism we face a violent and highly contagious madness that believes the killing of civilians is a moral act<p>Whatever this is, it is not a clash of civilisations. The concept of “civilisation” scarcely comes into it. Nor is it a struggle between competing sets of values, or a …

Paris attacks: Syrian refugees in UK screened properly twice - as it happened on Sunday morning, November 15

Manhunt underway for terror suspect on the run. Three brothers believed to be involved hours after Omar Ismail Mostefai named as dead gunman. Other suspected jihadist revealed to have entered France through Serbia, Greece and Macedonia. Follow latest updates

Super-cool Star Wars art to awaken your senses (pictures)

41 Dollar-Store Hacks Every Parent Should Know About

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