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Peter Gelfan

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Peter Gelfan is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance book editor. He was born in New York City, grew up in New Haven and the New York suburbs, and has lived in Spain, England, Florida, and Vermont.

He wrote the screenplay for Cargo, Les Hommes Perdus, which was produced and released in France in 2010. Found Objects, his debut novel, came out in 2013. His latest novel, Monkey Temple, was published in February 2019.




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College Application Essays

Notes on Writing College Essays



A college essay isn’t just another writing assignment. A homework essay is practice. A college essay is the real thing: a piece of writing which will have an impact on the rest of your life. Think of it more as an audition or a job interview.
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Schrödinger, an early pioneer of quantum physics, takes on the question of whether life can be explained by the laws of physics. The general scientific assumption these days is that yes, life can be reduced to physics—that physics begets chemistry an ...more
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The Deep History of Ourselves by Joseph E. LeDoux
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
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