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Ad Libs: Timber!

When you switch journalism beats, you can usually torch your Rolodex. It's rare that your sources will carry over en masse from, say, the cops beat to the sports...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Sep. 10, 2013
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A reading rainbow

If life gives you self-help manuals, make a quilt. Well played, artist Lisa Kokin, who found a bunch of said manuals at a recycling center and gave their spines...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 8, 2013
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A reading rainbow

If life gives you self-help manuals, make a quilt. Well played, artist Lisa Kokin, who found a bunch of said manuals at a recycling center and gave their spines...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 8, 2013
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Cornell's Great Backyard Bird Count is on this weekend: get involved to gather crucial data

If you have time this weekend, you might want to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. It's a project of the Cornell Lab of...

Original post made by Cathy Kirkman on Feb. 15, 2014
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Marley & You: Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen?

This post is part of an occasional series that explores how to make the most of the relationship with our dogs, on both a training and philosophical level. Since...

Original post made by Cathy Kirkman on Jan. 8, 2014
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Basic recipe for a quiet Valentine's Day

Here's an idea for a lovely Valentine's Day, namely a quiet evening spent at home. It's for anyone thinking of staying home for the evening, be it couples, families,...

Original post made by Cathy Kirkman on Feb. 6, 2014
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The Future of our Parks: Public Workshops this Week

Thanks to Howard Hoffman of Palo Alto Dog Owners, for forwarding the city's announcement about two public workshops to be held this...

Original post made by Cathy Kirkman on Oct. 26, 2014
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David Rakoff's Last Work

David Rakoff, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Doubleday, 2013) Here's a thought experiment for you writers out there: Imagine you were dying...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Nov. 25, 2013
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2013 Holiday Book Guide (Nonfiction Picks)

Last week I listed three of the best works of fiction I read in 2013. Here...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2013
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2013 Holiday Book Gift Guide (Part 1)

The year-end lists are upon us. Over the weekend, the New York Times published its Best 100 Books of 2013, followed this afternoon by its Best 10. Squawk all you...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 4, 2013
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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang

Every year, the Steinbeck Fellows program at San Jose State honors three emerging writers with a ten-thousand-dollar stipend...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 29, 2014
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One More Draft: The Story of a Novel, Part 4

==I Note: Nick Taylor (as T.T. Monday) will be appearing at Kepler's Books in Menlo...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Mar. 5, 2014
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Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole

I love this time of year, not because of the holidays per se, but because I get to buy tons of books without feeling guilty about it. Over the next couple of weeks...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Dec. 8, 2014
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Publicity! The Story of a Novel, Part 5

==I Note: Nick Taylor (as T.T. Monday) will be appearing at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Tuesday, March...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Mar. 10, 2014
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Looking for the Humor Code

This fall, at San Jose State, I will be teaching a seminar on American humor writing. It's the first time my department has offered this course, so I have to construct...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jun. 22, 2014
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Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra: The Best Show Not on Cable

I know I promised to read shorter books, but the novel I picked up after

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Jul. 2, 2014
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Junipero Serra and the Gold Retirement Watch

Next week, during his visit to Washington, DC, Pope Francis

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Sep. 16, 2015
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How a simple shift in your self-talk can change how you think and feel about a lot of things you "have to" do

The day I had a mind shift and decided I "wanted to" go to the gym and work out, rather than that I "had to" work out, was the day I started to look forward to my...

Original post made by Max Greenberg on Nov. 20, 2013
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It Depends... Disguising Real Characters in Fiction

In my MFA writing workshops at SJSU, I allot a chunk of class time every few weeks for free-form discussion. This gives students the opportunity to ask important...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 28, 2014
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Three Centuries of Humor Anthologies

I'm teaching a class in American humor writing this semester, and the first decision I had to make was where to start, chronologically. Most observers believe that...

Original post made by Nick Taylor on Aug. 31, 2014
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