Journal

Book banning

Julie Otsuka’s award-winning 2002 novel “When the Emperor Was Divine” about a Japanese internment camp has been rejected by the Wisconsin school district board and barred from the tenth-grade English class curriculum.

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What advertising does?

‘Advertising often adds to believability. You must be serious about this because you’re actually spending money promoting it. I can also trust it because you’ve said it in a public place. Information that goes to many people simultaneously is inherently more trustworthy than information that goes to one person at a time. That’s why we get married in public.’ Rory Sutherland

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How birds learn to sing

Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) are passerine birds native to Australia. One of the evolutionary challenges these birds face is they must learn their song from their parents and siblings since it’s not innate.

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Character flaws

Character flaws are what make stories tick. It’s the flaws that reveal themselves in each character in the beginning of a story that gives you a means to arc their transformation.

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What are adults?

‘The sad funny truth is adults are nothing but tall children who have forgotten how to play.’ Tom Robbins

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