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10 Signs A Crazymaker Is Ruining Your Life

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again explains how to spot—and remove—the crazymakers from your life. Crazymakers are people who thwart the creativity of those they purportedly love. Crazymakers can turn up anywhere—they could be your spouse, your child, your neighbor, your boss. If you are involved with …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Door

The Door by Magda Szabo, one of Hungary’s most important 20th-­century writers. This novel has quite the history: The Door, Szabo’s best-known novel, was originally published in Hungary in 1987, translated from the Hungarian into English in 1995 and again in 2005 for British publication. The British translation won the 2006 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: H Is For Hawk

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, published 2014. Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and 2014 Costa Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. An exquisitely-written literary meditation. A wholly enrapturing memoir of the year following the unexpected death of Macdonald’s father, Alisdair Macdonald, a …

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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: In Prison, Music Can Set You Free

Each year, the New York City-based Decoda Chamber Ensemble spends a week with inmates at the maximum security Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. They teach inmates to play instruments and compose their own music. At the end of the week, they perform for other inmates, prison staff and local officials. This year’s program (2.16.16) was called “Seasons of …