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Dear Evan Hansen: A play review, on the Thursday Afternoon #MINI

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The best way to judge any piece or art is by the story it tells, and by the way it tells it. To be truly great, a piece has to have both, a great story told brillaintly. I have never really thought about muscial theatre in the same way I thought about poetry, painting, music compostion or literature, but  Dear Evan Hansen changed that for me, two minutes after the curtain went up. From the opening number ( Anybody Have a Map? ) Tony-Award winning Rachel Ray Jones left little doubt that the story was going to be told well, but I still had some nagging suspicion about the story itself.  Just another teen drama?  I had heard a lot of buzz about Ben Platt prior to the show as my wife and I waited in the long line to get in, but I got it as soon as Waving through a Window stuck a knife straight into my gut. The Tony Award winner delivered a powerful yet controlled and emotional yet not overly indulgent performance that made me want to hit play again as soon as it was over (something

Why I Write: The Thursday Afternoon #MINI

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The person sitting next to me was just the person you didn't want to be sitting next to on a five-hour flight; overly curious, just old enough not to care about what anyone thought about her, and slightly redolent of cat urine.  She pointed an alabaster finger at my computer as the captain announced we had reached cruising altitude, meaning we only had four-and-a-half hours flying time left. "Whatya doing?" In truth, I was trying to finish up the edits on my latest manuscript, but I just shrugged, hoping she would go back to staring out the window, below which the green majesty of the Northern Forest crawled past. "Looks like you're writing a book?" I nodded. "You some kind of author?" Indeed I was, the unpublished kind, the kind of author I was going to remain if I didn't get these edits into my literary agent. "Trying to be." She pushed her pince-nez glasses back against her sharp, thin face and leaned

The Top 38 Twitter Hashtags for Readers and Authors (And how to use them.)

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Twitter is a great medium for readers and authors... as long as you know how to use it. As you know, hashtags are a useful tool to direct your tweets to like-minded people, or to find information about a topic in which you are interested. If you are a reader looking for suggestions for your next book, there are a variety of #s to look for, and the same is true for authors looking to market their books to readers. Here are the most commonly used 38 such #s: #book #books #bookriot #BookWorm #BookLover #booksaremagic #booknerd #bookporn #booktrailer #bookblogger #bookclub #bookshelf #bookstagram #bookblog #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookboost #bookclubreviews #bookhoarding #read #amreading #reader #readingrocks #readers4life #readmore #mustread #novel #bibliophile #reviews #KindleUnlimited #kindlescout #BYNR #TBR #ebooks #storytime #thriller #romance #freereads Now comes the hard part: How to use them. Here are the five things you need to know:

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, A Book Review

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It isn't easy to follow up on a debut novel which won many of the biggest awards in literature (including the Pulitzer Prize), but Junot Diaz manages just fine thank you with This Is How You Lose Her, a collection of stories that reads like a collage of post-traumatic flashbacks. Fans of Diaz will be reassured that the master of electric prose hasn't lost a step; readers unfamiliar with him will be blown-outta-the-water by the turbocharged language that drips like poetry from the pages. True to form, Diaz doesn't hold back on any front; This Is How You Lose Her is honest well past the point of bluntness, real to the edge of surreal, and novel to the I've-never-seen-anything-like-this-before extreme. In short, This Is How You Lose Her is Diaz at his best, vulgar yet noble, streetwise and book-wise both at once: "You, Yunior, have a girlfriend named Alma, who has a long tender horse neck and a big Dominican ass that seems to exist in a fourth dimension beyond