Arts & Life

1:25am

Fri December 28, 2012
StoryCorps

Decades Later, Student Finds Teacher To Say 'Thank You'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:45 am

John Cruitt reunited with his third-grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, to tell her about the impact she had on him as he coped with his mother's death.
StoryCorps

John Cruitt, 62, spent decades tracking down his third-grade teacher.

He wanted to talk with Cecile Doyle about 1958 — the year his mother, who was seriously ill with multiple sclerosis, passed away.

Her death came just days before Christmas. Cruitt had been expecting to go home from school and decorate the Christmas tree.

"But I walked into the living room, and my aunt was there, and she said, 'Well, honey, Mommy passed away this morning.' "

Cruitt remembers seeing his teacher, Doyle, at his mother's wake.

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2:56pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Books

Margaret Atwood's Brave New World Of Online Publishing

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 7:40 pm

Margaret Atwood has written 13 novels, including The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake.
George Whiteside

If you're a Margaret Atwood fan — and you've got some spare change under the couch cushions — just a few dollars will get you a stand-alone episode of the new novel she's writing in serial form.

It's called Positron, and Atwood is publishing it on Byliner, a website launched last year that's one of many new sites billing themselves as platforms for writers.

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2:23pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Books

E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story's Not That Simple

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 7:40 pm

Publishers are finding that flexible pricing on e-books can help bring in new readers.
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What counts as a book these days, in a world of Kindles, Nooks and iPads — and eager talk about new platforms and distribution methods?

Traditional publishers are traveling a long and confusing road into the digital future. To begin with, here's the conventional wisdom about publishing: E-books are destroying the business model.

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2:23pm

Thu December 27, 2012
Books

Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 7:40 pm

About three-quarters of public libraries offer digital lending, but finding a book you want can be frustrating — every publisher has its own set of rules.
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Have you ever borrowed an e-book from a library? If the answer is no, you're a member of a large majority. A survey out Thursday from the Pew Internet Project finds that only 5 percent of "recent library users" have tried to borrow an e-book this year.

About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association, but finding the book you want to read can be a challenge — when it's available at all.

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7:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Salt

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 11:25 am

Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
Keith Srakocic AP

The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.

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