Amazon’s KDP Select program has kind of been marketed as a Miracle Grow for Books. It seems that, whenever you Google something about KDP Select, you run into another article boasting about authors who got rich and famous from just using KDP Select and barely marketing their b

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Now, I’m a hardened veteran of indulgent speculation concernign the demise of eBooks and literary novels and making a living by making art.

But this piece, “The Death of the American Author,” from Scott Turrow, the president of The Authors Guild, was a bit much for me.


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Twitter. You’ve probably heard of it.

People call it a a “micro-blogging service,” whatever that means.

If not, they’ll casually lambast it as something that adolescents use to inform friends of their latest Teenage Adventures.

Twitter is more than that.

In fact, it&rsq… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 1:06PM

When Does the iPhone Become an iMemory?

For New Year's Eve, I was in Amsterdam, visiting my dad.

At the time, I dared to wander out onto the downtown streets to witness the all-day fireworks marathon around eight or nine at night.

People swarmed the cobbled alleys, plazas, and vast field behind the Van Gogh Museum,… Read full post »
JULY 20, 2012 10:27AM

Getting Arrested for a Tweet

Can saying terrible things on the internet land you in jail?

Thanks to social media, it looks like the answer is creeping closer to "yes."

In March, a 21-year-old who drunkenly tweeted racist remarks was charged with "inciting racial hatred" in the United Kingdom. He was sent to prison foRead full post »

I know what you might think when you see the term “liberal extremism.” You may think I'm going to talk about the growing approval rate for socialism among millennials or something equally trite, with the word “liberal” exploding when I say the “B,” to fully and pho… Read full post »

What comes to mind when you hear the word “nerd?” I think of a boy with glasses who likes computers.

Yes, a boy.

One speaker at a recent Dell convention in Denmark capitalized on this bias, telling attendees that, “All the great inventions come from men… we can thankRead full post »

Everyone knows someone who has done it. I mean, I kind of knew some people who had done it it in the past.

They're not close friends or anything.

 One is my grandmother, but who can expect anything less from someone who depends on a singular corporate source for… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2012 9:24AM

Obamacare: Unconstitutional, but Necessary

When I listened to the debates about the Affordable Health Care Act in front of the Supreme Court justices the other week, I had one recurring thought:

Why couldn’t we get a lawyer who didn’t stutter every time the law was challenged?

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Ah, April. Out on the quad, Frisbees might start flying again. Awkward small talk about classes can happen outside, instead of in the dining hall. And, all across campus, tens of thousands of panicked seniors will be hunched over computers, scouring Craigslist for job openings.

Unpaid internships ma… Read full post »

I've been watching the developments around the Keystone XL pipeline project closely since November. It has been one of the most ironic issues I've ever seen.

Let's recap: in a move that surprised just about everybody, President Obama vetoed the project last fall.

He rejected it again when Republicans/… Read full post »

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MARCH 2, 2012 8:52AM

Are We Too Dumb for Democracy?

It's official. Scientists have declared that the American people may be "too dumb to pick the right person to lead us."  

I admit that I had had my suspicions for a while, but this exhaustive study confirms it. We're simply not informed enough to pick wisely among our candidates. Then… Read full post »

This past Sunday, I decided that it was time I saw a Superbowl. I don't know positions and I don't know players, but I live in New England, so I knew what team I needed to cheer. The other thing I had heard about was the sheer enjoyability of the commercials.… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2012 12:23PM

Why There Are Pirates in Somalia

In 1991, a memo was written. It was signed by Larry Summers, who would eventually go on to become the director of the National Economic Council for the Obama administration, where he would mostly ignore Obama's direct orders to reform banks. At the time of the memo, he was the Chief… Read full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2012 9:06AM

The 3 Reasons All Young Adults Are Liberal

Last month, I wrote a fairly innocuous piece on this very blog. To say the least, I was surprised by the waterfall-velocity at which comments flooded the article. At first, I was determined to respond to all of them, but soon gave up. What was the point of responding to aRead full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 8:38PM

My Advice to Republican Presidential Candidates

Remember the Tea Party? That force of sweeping outrage that brushed a whole new Congress into power? It seems that every time I turn on the television (or, come on, glance at Google News), there's some burning hot talking point espoused by Republican presidential candidates that would successfully en… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011 3:14PM

Help, My Mom Has More Twitter Followers Than Me!

 I'm 23. I've used Twitter since September. Coincidentally, my mom started a Twitter account around the same time. Take a gander at the two accounts, if you will. My mom has 194 followers at the time of this writing. I have a measley 82.

My mom has more Twitter followers than… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 5:44PM

Getting a Concussion from the Flu Shot

 Before I start, let's take a look the word I instinctively chose to represent "flu shot." I chose "THE," not the more casual and far less menacing "A." That's a common choice of diction when it comes to vaccines these days, whether Michelle Bachmann is saying that she met an anonymous… Read full post »

I wouldn't make the claim that I'm involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Having graduated from college a whole year ago (with a job!),  I found myself standing at the window that most baby boomers and seniors are occupying - the window of sneering marginalization. 

As the movement

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 9:45PM

Elizabeth Warren's Blog Problem

I was stunned when I first read the article on ReelSEO.com entitled "5 Video SEO Tips To Help Elizabeth Warren Beat Scott Brown." No, not because I actually found the article that rivteing - although the points were salient - but because I had never actually thought about the intricate rela… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2011 6:28PM

Media, The Reality Funnel

Did anyone else feel a kind of dull depression when the stocks first dove recently? Or an exhiliration when they seemed to rise again? Are you a stockbroker? Probably not. 

We've reached a point where the things we feel don't have to have any impact on us whatsoever, because we instead… Read full post »

In late June, Amy Winehouse stumbled onto a stage in Serbia, where she slurred words and lost track of the song playing behind her. TMZ gleefully reported that "tickets to the show were roughly $57 -- a lot considering the average monthly salary [there] is $428." To go on: "Money... spent."… Read full post »

JULY 14, 2011 5:58PM

Cover Letters From the Other Side

It wasn't a long drive to Company X's building, but it was a complicated one that involved a dubiously legal U turn and toll booths that seemed decorative at best. I also got to tour some of West-Of-Boston's finest pseduo-highways, resplendent in pothole magnifience. 

I remember the first time I… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2011 4:15PM

Why Major in Humanities?

Last year, when Math majors were struggling with a series  to complete their Senior Thesis, I quietly laughed and wrote another short story. But, a year later, maybe the joke was on me. 

Really, I can't tell. I've got a job, so I'm more fortunate than most (since 56% of my classRead full post »

Global warming. A "conflict" in Libya. The two forgotten wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A shortage of water. Of food. Of oil. The fact that girl/guy you Facebook stalk is still going out with that hideous guy/girl. A Congressman's Tweeted bulge. Not to mention earthquakes, tornadoes, and tsunamis.&nbs… Read full post »