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Seattle book scene takes a big hit: Paul Constant leaves The Stranger March 1, 2015 – Posted in: books, Miscellany

Paul Constant, the long time book editor and content machine for The Stranger, has announced he is leaving “Seattle’s Only Newspaper.” Following on the heels of other top writers and contributors who have recently exited, his departure marks the end of the glory days for the paper. This is a huge blow for the Seattle book scene. Nobody covered the local book beat better. Nobody provided more extensive coverage, nobody showed up at more events, nobody. Constant clearly…

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A Peek into Sigmund Freud’s Life May 6, 2014 – Posted in: Interior Design, Libraries, Miscellany

Sigmund Freud was born on this day in 1856. Trained as a neurologist Freud was the founding father of psychoanalysis and left one of the larger footprints on 20th century thought and culture. His “innovative treatment of human actions, dreams, and indeed of cultural artifacts as invariably possessing implicit symbolic significance has proven to be extraordinarily fruitful, and has had massive implications for a wide variety of fields including psychology, anthropology, semiotics, and artistic creativity and appreciation.”…

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The Literati Descend on Seattle: Over 10,000 Book Folk in Town for AWP February 27, 2014 – Posted in: Miscellany

image James Yamasaki, via The Stranger   It stands for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and their 2014 conference begins this week in the Emerald City. Though it sounds a bit academic and something you get credit for it is actually the largest  literary gathering on the continent and best thing to happen around here since the Seahawk parade. Thousands of writers, poets, publishers, editors, and related book folk are here for…

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Jack Kerouac reads from ‘On The Road’, 1959 February 13, 2014 – Posted in: Miscellany

Published in 1957 by Viking, On The Road would quickly become a cornerstone work of the Beat Generation and the bible of the American counterculture. Here is Kerouac appearing on the Steve Allen Show in 1959. First we get a nice background of the book’s history from Kerouac: 7 years on the road, 3 weeks to write, and that it was written on a continous piece of teletype paper. Then Kerouac gets reading and Steve Allen gets…

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