John Corbett (actor) Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 9, 1961, the son of John Joseph Corbett, Sr. He lived with his mother in an apartment block near the Ohio River in West Virginia. His mother was a waitress who worked in his uncle's music club. Corbett attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 1979. He started playing the guitar at age 7 and at 16, he had a job as a security guard at the Capitol Music Hall. Following his graduation from high school, Corbett moved to California and worked in a steel factory for six years. During his time as a boiler maker in the factory, Corbett spent a year training to become an L.A. County Deputy Sheriff but ultimately failed. He stopped working at the factory when he got injured and went to Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. There, he took acting classes and studied hair dressing for a year. Corbett said: "I went to hair school by day and studied theatre at night.
Meet the Author: Eoin Colfer Webcast & Satellite Feed: September 27, 2012 After selling twenty million books, the adventures of Artemis Fowl come to an end with the publication of The Last Guardian. From his first book Benny and Omar to The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World to Plugged to the finale of the multi award-winning Artemis Fowl series, Colfer’s amazing imagination delights readers of all ages. According to this Irish writer, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon.”
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris "Sedaris's sidesplitting guide to throwing parties hopes to return readers to the times when the word entertainment was "charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley abortions." While her tongue is firmly in cheek, novice party-planners will actually find some helpful hints along the way as Sedaris offers instructions and real recipes. Her tips run the gamut from how to properly freeze meatballs (freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them into a freezer bag so they won't stick together) and deal with the inebriated ("Better to cut them off rather than pretend it's not happening and then allow them to stay over and wet your bed"). She's a generous but crafty hostess ("A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles hitting a porcelain sink").
Embracing National Novel Writing Month, Librarians Help Kids Turn Off their “Inner Editor” With an anticipated 300,000 writers taking part this year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has become a beloved institution since its founding over a decade ago. Participation in its Young Writers Program has more than quadrupled since 2008, with 90,000 students set to take the challenge of starting and completing a novel this November. “I really wanted to make all of our curriculum and resources tailored to teachers, so one of the first things I did was to revamp the lesson plans and curriculum,” says Chris Angotti, director of the Young Writers Program. “I aligned them all to the Common Core, which really makes it easy for teachers to take stuff right out of the box and bring it into their classrooms.”
Bill Clinton’s over-the-top ‘fact’ on mass shootings “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005, half of all of them in the history of the country.” — Former president Bill Clinton, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2013 A colleague spotted this eye-popping statistic by the former president and wondered if it was correct. President Clinton signed the assault weapons ban into law in 1994, but it expired after 10 years and was not renewed. Even supporters have said it was riddled with loopholes, limiting its effectiveness. But the rash of mass shootings in recent years, including the Newtown tragedy, have provided new impetus for a renewed ban.
So, You Think You Can't Write? Let's Get You Back On Track Stumped? Lost for words? Are you often in the position of being unable to get yourself to write anything, even though the deadline is fast approaching? Yeah, writer’s block sucks – and it happens to all of us. Most writers, after suffering a few days where it got really bad, make plans to get around the problem as best as possible. List of Theories and Theorists—A First Look at Communication Theory Share: The list below contains theories that are or have been covered in A First Look at Communication TheoryFull = a chapter in the 7th edition is dedicated to this theory.Brief = the theory is discussed in the 7th edition, but not assigned a full chapter.Archive = the theory was covered in a full chapter in previous editions. A pdf from the last edition in which it appears is available.When a theory name is clickable, the link will take you to Theory Resouces for that theory or open the archived chapter. View/Sort by: Theories | Authors You can also view the 7th Edition Table of Contents to see supplementary material as well as theories.
Teen Lit Publishing Experts Reveal Recipes for Bestsellers Jenny Bent, Susan Katz, Joy Peskin, Marisa Russell, Hannah Moskowitz, Betsy Bird. Photo by Galo Delgado. What are the ingredients that make up a YA bestseller? A panel of seasoned publishing professionals addressed this question and many more at the Women’s National Book Association NYC chapter’s event “The Making of a Young Adult Bestseller-From Acquisition to Reader,” November 14. It was moderated by New York Public Library’s youth materials specialist and Fuse #8 blogger Betsy Bird, at Manhattan’s Wix Lounge, a free work and event space for creative professionals. Over the course of two hours a group of industry hopefuls—aspiring writers, editors, and agents—heard insider tips, advice, anecdotes, and encouragement from representatives involved in each of the major stages of children’s publishing.
The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan A candid conversation with the high priest of popcult and metaphysician of media.From “The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan”, Playboy Magazine, March 1969. © Playboy In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto — and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his abstruse articles in small-circulation quarterlies. But then came two remarkable books — The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and Understanding Media (1964) — and the graying professor from Canada’s western hinterlands soon found himself characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the hottest academic property around.” Words to the Wise: Aesop's Fables Interactive Book The Aesop for Children interactive book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of any age. The book contains over 140 classic fables, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and interactive animations. "Aesop's Fables"—also called "the Aesopica"—are a collection of stories designed to teach moral lessons credited to Aesop, a Greek slave and story-teller thought to have lived between 620 and 560 BCE. Aesop's fables are some of the most well known in the world and have been translated in multiple languages and become popular in dozens of cultures through the course of five centuries. They have been told and retold in a variety of media, from oral tradition to written storybooks to stage, film and animated cartoon versions—even in architecture.