Mitchell Hadley

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Mitchell Hadley is a man who has watched way too much television over the years, and now, as author of "The Electronic Mirror: What Classic TV Tells Us About Who We Were and Who We Are (and Everything In-Between)" he's putting it to good use! This collection of essays takes a sometimes humorous, occasionally ironic, but always interesting look at this most personal form of mass communication, and how it tells us about life in America from the '50s through today.

Hadley is also the author of two novels: "The Collaborator," which takes a look at a fictional power struggle within the walls of the Vatican, pitting a progressive, reform-minded pope against a traditional, devout cardinal with the future of the Roman Catholic Church at stake; and
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Most important, "listen" to the books you read. Don't just read them, listen to how the words are formed on the page, how they sound to your inner ear, how the paragraphs are structured. Don't copy how other authors sound, but learn about what sounds good to you and why, and fine-tune that ability until you can do it with your own writing. A writer is similar to an architect in that they're both involved in constructing things, so think of yourself as not just writing, but constructing, a story.(less)
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Well, here we are back in Philly again, back-to-back weeks. (I'll bet these two issues came from the same lot.) The professional football season finally comes to an end, with both leagues playing their all-star games, one week after the Jets' titanic Super Bowl upset of the Colts. If you're not in the mood for pigskin, there's also hockey, and if you want something a little brainerer, you can... Read more of this blog post »
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