Supply and demand — those are concepts you’d expect a mogul to understand almost instinctively, so what to make of the recent donation by the Zell Family Foundation (set up by financier Sam Zell and his wife, Helen) of $50 million to the creative writing program at the University of Michigan? Helen Zell told the Associated Press, “The ability of fiction to develop creativity, to analyze the human psyche, help you understand people — it’s critical. It’s as important as vitamins or anything else. To me, it’s the core of the intellectual health of human beings.”Of course, creative writing programs are not a bad thing, but their role in our current culture can make even those who work within them uneasy. The programs provide promising young writers with the opportunity to concentrate on their work in an (ideally) supportive community of writers. But the programs have difficulty imparting to their students a central truth of most authors’ lives: Nobody cares about your work. When it comes to books, the supply is much larger than the demand.Continue Reading… … Read More
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama-Auburn rivalry has a storied history, Hatfield-vs.-McCoy level hatred and games and performances that inhabit the state’s psyche for decades.
What the Iron Bowl hasn’t been filled with is really big upsets.
The Tigers visit Bryant-Denny Stadium and the second-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday as 31.5-point underdogs hoping to change that tradition.
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Online dating is exploding in popularity, but is it merely a mechanism for safe rejection? That’s the experience of Fort Lauderdale compliance officer and blogger Tony Joaquin-Division, who shared his story with HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman Wednesday.Joaquin-Division said that within a matter of days of joining an online dating site, he received 387 rejection emails.”That doesn’t do you very, very good on the psyche,” he said.Read More…
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