Underwater Puppies

Photographer Seth Casteel loves dogs and has found a unique way to photograph them.  All of his photos are taken while they are underwater in a pool.  The resulting books will make the child in you smile because the images are so cute.  He did an interview on National Public Radio that is interesting (along with the nine photos included), and a recent segment on ABC’s Good Morning America shows him at work.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a student trying to get the best grade possible in a course or someone reading for work or pleasure, you need to maximize your comprehension and retention of facts when reading while dedicating as little time as possible to the task.  Here are some hints from Reader’s Digest that will help you.

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We spend hours each day scanning websites.  As a result the way we read has changed according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.  “One 2006 study of the eye movements of 232 people looking at Web pages found they read in an “F” pattern, scanning all the way across the top line of text but only halfway across the next few lines, eventually sliding their eyes down the left side of the page in a vertical movement toward the bottom.”

The solution, according to the article, is to slow down, and to spend 30 minutes a day reading the way you read before the age of the internet.

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The Deerslayer

Natty Bumppo, also known as Hawkeye, Deerslayer, and Pathfinder by James Fennimore Cooper the author who created him, is an unlikely Soviet folk hero.  A Paris Review article explains why.

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Sophie's Choice

Words and Film gives us a list of 10 banned books that have been adapted for the big screen, and Bustle gives us 11 contemporary novels summarized in tweets of 140 characters or less.

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The Oxford Dictionaries website features a ten question quiz concerning historical synonyms.  Take the test if you dare – and I hope you do better than I did.

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Awesome Book

Adam Frost has penned a book for children titled The Awesome Book of Awesomeness.  From it The Guardian presents some awesome facts about numbers.

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Tennessee Williams

The National Book Awards longlists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature have been announced.  Here are the nominated books.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, October 5, 2014 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and journalist Joan Biskupic.  Her books include Sandra Day O’Connor, American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice.

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