Looking for ways to help people find alternatives to Amazon before it completely destroys us. 

Give a gift that supports small presses: Skip Amazon and buy direct – Chicago Tribune Biblioracle columnist John Warner calls on readers to buy from small and independent presses directly, rather than via Amazon — which, according to Publishers Weekly,

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What artists can do is bring stories to the table that are unshakably true—the sort of stories that, once you’ve heard them, won’t let you return to what you thought before. Lin-Manuel Miranda 

What artists can do is bring stories to the table that are unshakably true—the sort of stories that, once you’ve heard them, won’t let you return to what you thought before. Source: Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Power of Art –

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The story behind the story you hear in your earbuds.

‘Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts’: the secret life of the audiobook star | Books | The Guardian As the business booms, narrators talk tricky accents, lonely shifts and tackling 100 pages a day Source: ‘Your throat hurts. Your brain

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I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m already anticipating the downside. 

I Just Published a Book: Why Am I Depressed? | Poets & Writers A debut memoirist speaks up about post-publication blues and offers some suggestions for how to cure them. Source: I Just Published a Book: Why Am I Depressed?

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To boost creativity, create a schedule.

James Clear is a source of many smart ideas about productivity, habit formation, and personal change. The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation The work of top creatives isn’t dependent upon motivation or creative inspiration. Rather,

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A good indicator of Warren’s ability to choose the right people for her team.

The Woman Behind Elizabeth Warren’s Rise | OZY Rebecca Pearcey is one of seven women of color serving as national political directors for Democratic presidential hopefuls. Source: The Woman Behind Elizabeth Warren’s Rise | OZY

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Advice worth repeating from Octavia Butler

I just wish this article weren’t riddled with typos. Nonetheless, it’s well worth reading if you can overlook them. I listened to Kindred recently (per her advice, I listen to recorded books during my almost daily walks) and found it

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