May 5, 2014

The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

"Saturated fat does not cause heart disease"—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter.

May 5, 2014

Fresh Doubts Raised About Papyrus Scrap Known as ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

New evidence discovered by a skeptical young scholar has raised fresh doubts about the authenticity of the scrap of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” a relic that has provoked fascination and fury since it was unveiled nearly two years ago by an eminent historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School.

April 29, 2014

We've Been Told that Different Languages Create Different Worldviews. They Don't.

There is solid evidence (see this and this), that bilinguals exhibit different personality traits in different languages. However, it is much more accurate to note that it’s not language that makes people different, but the culture associated with the language.

April 24, 2014

When an Author Should Self-Publish and How That Might Change

There is a question that every agent and publisher is dealing with, because authors surely are. And that’s this: when should an author self- (or indie-) publish? The answer is certainly not “never”, and if there is anybody left in a publishing house who thinks it is, they should think a little harder.

April 16, 2014

The Anti-Google Mass Book Digitization Campaign Goes Global

Authors Malcolm Gladwell, J.M. Coetzee, Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey Support Lawsuit Against Google’s Theft of Books Through Digitization.

April 15, 2014

Authors Guild Hits Back at Google Ruling

Late Friday afternoon, the Authors Guild filed its appeal in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, asking the appellate court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that granted summary judgment to Google, while denying the Guild’s request for partial summary judgment.

April 8, 2014

Amazon’s Vision for the Future of Self-Publishing

The term “self-publishing” may have outlived its usefulness, according to Jon Fine, director of author and publishing relations at Amazon, speaking at the Publishing for Digital Minds conference this week in London.

March 24, 2014

Can Bestseller Lists Be Bought?

Every author wants a bestselling book — and those who can pay for the services of ResultSource Inc. just might get one.

February 12, 2014

Sorry, Writers, but I'm Siding With Google's Robots

Copyright laws too often stifle the creativity they claim to protect. Time for a 21st-century update.

January 22, 2014

How to Succeed as an Author: Give Up on Writing: The Rancid Smell of 21st Century Literary Success

Parents whose offspring aspire to artistic careers find themselves in the invidious position of either trying to crush their children’s hopes or encouraging a pursuit with poor prospects that will probably pay beans. Had I a seven-year-old who declared that she wanted to be a writer, as I did at that age, I worry that I might spontaneously exclaim, “Are you crazy?

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