Book Anticultism in France in 2024: Personal Stories and Battles

In a world that often misunderstands and ostracizes unconventional beliefs, Donald A. Westbrook’s groundbreaking 2024 book, Anticultism in France, emerges as a beacon of scholarship and attention to the details.

Being released by Cambridge University Press (June, 2024), this publication…

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France’s National Library has placed four books from the 19th century under “quarantine”

The National Library of France has placed four books from the 19th century “under quarantine”, reported AFP.

The reason is that their covers contain arsenic.

The discovery was made about five years ago. University scientists have discovered the chemical element in the covers.


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Dostoyevsky and Plato removed from sale in Russia due to “LGBT propaganda”

The Russian bookstore Megamarket was sent a list of books to be removed from sale due to “LGBT propaganda”. Journalist Alexander Plyushchev published a list of 257 titles on his Telegram channel, writes The Moscow Times.

The list includes not only literary novelties, but also classics….

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La plus ancienne Bible hébraïque du monde vendue pour un montant record de 38,1 millions de dollars

Le “Codex Sassoon” date de la fin du IXe ou du début du Xe siècle. Le prix a été atteint en seulement 4 minutes d’enchères disputées entre deux acheteurs, selon la maison de vente aux enchères Sotheby’s à New York. La Bible hébraïque la plus ancienne et la plus complète au monde a été vendue aux enchères pour 38,1 $…

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Paul Magdalino, Andrei Timotin (ed). Savoirs prédictifs et technics adivinatoires de l’Antiquité tardive à Byzance. La Pomme d’or, Seyssel 2019.

Contenido: Luc Brisson Philosophie et oracles: la nouvelle alliance Teoría de la adivinación de Andrei-Tudor Man Chrysippus en Cicero, De divinatione Andrei Timotin Divination et providence dans le néoplatonisme tardif (Jamblique et Proclus) Marilena Vlad La adivination…

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9 de mayo, 73° Aniversario de Europa y Dianética –

“Dianética: La ciencia moderna de la salud mental” de L. Ronald Hubbard hizo su debut el 9 de mayo de 1950, y los resultados de la técnica contribuyeron a su rápido ascenso a la cima de las listas de libros más vendidos. Numerosas Iglesias, Misiones y organizaciones de Scientology en todo el mundo marcan el…

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Emma Maayan Fanar, La révélation à travers l’alphabet. Aniconisme et lettres initiales illustrées dans l’imaginaire artistique byzantin. La Pomme d’or, Genève 2011.

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A unique Ptolemy manuscript has been discovered in a medieval palimpsest –

In a parchment on which the work of an early medieval author was written, scientists found a description of a meteoroscope – a unique instrument of an ancient astronomer, which until now was known only from indirect sources.

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Soccer academy founder writes book to help coaches cultivate joy
Soccer academy founder writes book to help coaches cultivate joy
Soccer academy founder writes book to help coaches cultivate joy

Michael Curless, author of “Coaching Positional Soccer: Perfecting Tactics and Skills,” wrote the book he wished he could have read when he started coaching.

MOUNT DESERT — When Michael Curless took up soccer at 9 years old, he did so because he found joy in playing the game. He wants to help parents and coaches, especially parent coaches, cultivate that same joy with his newly published book, “Coaching Positional Soccer: Perfecting Tactics and Skills.”

Over the last three years, Curless, who founded Acadia Fire Fútbol Club/Soccer Academy, has put together what one reader described, “as comprehensive a soccer book as you’ll ever find.”

“The book is good for all ages – from 5 year olds to adults,” wrote Curless in an email to the Islander about the more than 400-page book. “The drills can be made easier or harder depending on the players’ abilities. There are over 150 diagrams and over 70 illustrations that help describe the drills and exercises.

“It’s breaking soccer down into different learning chunks. The bulk of the book has a lot of practice plans.”

Yet to be available at local bookstores, the book can be ordered on Amazon, where it has been ranked as one of the top-selling soccer coaching books since its release, as well as Barnes and Noble, Bookshop, BAM! and Meyer & Meyer Sport.

“I wrote the book that I wished I had had when I first started coaching,” Curless explained. “When I was writing the book, I imagined I was writing to a 30-ish-year-old parent that volunteered to coach but had no idea where to start. This book was written for that parent as well as seasoned coaches looking to expand their understanding of the game and ways to improve their team and players.”

Much of the content was based on the 12 years Curless spent as head of Acadia Fire Soccer Academy, which he handed off about three years ago, and comes from his own developmental years in the game.

“Soccer was overwhelmingly exciting and enthralling from the first touch of the ball at my first practice,” said Curless, who played on a professional development soccer team in Austria at 16 years old. “Later, I met some famous soccer players like George Best, Johann Cruyff and Pele that further grew my interest.”

As he finished high school, Curless was offered scholarships by several California colleges to play on their soccer teams, but he opted to go overseas and play professionally.

“I wanted to live and play somewhere where soccer was taken more seriously,” he said. “I grew up watching a show on PBS called ‘Soccer Made in Germany’ that broadcasted a soccer game every week from former West Germany. I always idealized German soccer teams, so after high school, I went to Germany and played fifth division (professional soccer).

“The next year I went to France and played fourth division. I was invited to try out for a second division team in France when I returned home to go to college.”

Although he was recruited by several American colleges to play, Curless decided to retire from the game at the age of 20 and focus on earning a degree.

“If you throw everything into one thing, you can get a little off balance,” he explained about his relationship with the game as a young adult. Then, once he began coaching again in his 30s, Curless had an epiphany. “Soccer didn’t have to be so full of pressure. It was quite a journey to get that insight. I realized, we can coach differently.”

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When he launched Acadia Fire FC Soccer Academy after coaching through Harbor House Community Services in Southwest Harbor, Curless wanted to make the game fun, focus on coaching kids respectfully and not using shame, guilt or anger to motivate players. And, importantly, he wanted to focus on skill development and creative tactics.

“That ideology brought a lot of success to the club,” he said in a conversation with the Islander. “We won everything.”

In 2018, Curless was awarded Soccer Maine’s Premier Coach of the Year. “I took three teams to the state cup finals and two of them won so they had to give it to me,” he said in jest.

“The drills and teaching techniques that are in the book were developed while coaching at AFFC,” he said. “I would ask coaches the question, should we ever repeat a practice? And my answer to them was ‘no’ since we should always be looking for ways to make our coaching better.

“This constant reevaluation of my coaching led to consistent improvement over time in my approach to coaching and the development of the drills in the book.”

To find out more or to order a copy of the book, go to

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Top Five Favorite Books
Top Five Favorite Books
Top Five Favorite Books

So, today is National Book Lovers Day and it made me realize, sadly, that I don’t read paperback books anymore. However, in honor of this holiday, I thought it would be fun to breakdown what my five favorite books are. By the way, this was a hard list because all of these books are classic, in my opinion.

No. 5

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This tells the story of Jay Gatsby, an entrepreneur with a shaky past. To be honest, I don’t remember too many details about the story, except for the flashy parties. Of course, who could forget the movie that was released in 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio. The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, who is a Minnesota native, released this classic novel in 1925, behind his other works of “The Side of Paradise” and “The Beautiful and Damned.” It will definitely give you insight inside the business world if you have a chance to read it.

No. 4

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Animal lovers…warning! This story is about a man named Billy, who’s narrating his childhood memories about his time “coon hunting” with his dogs, “Little Ann” and “Old Dan.” I won’t spoil anything because the story is somber but has joyous moments throughout. Would absolutely recommend!

No. 3

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Jeff Kinney is the author and illustrator behind the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. There is so much nostalgia with these stories because they’re so relatable. Greg Heffley, the protagonist, has an older brother who teases him and a younger spoiled brother. Yes…some of you know what it’s like being the middle child. Plus, Greg struggles with another modern problems with most kids nowadays. He spends majority of his time playing video games instead of playing outside. There a total of 16 books, but my favorite would probably have to be the second one, “Rodrick Rules.” Again, this one taps into his older brother who is a constant instigator. If you would like relatable characters in a cartoony depiction, then this is the series for you!

No. 2

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Where do I begin? Who doesn’t know the story of the “Boy Who Lived.” I had to include these as a set because Harry Potter is one of my favorite worlds to venture into. My favorite one them to read would have to be “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” There’s nothing like reliving the beginning of Harry’s journey. However, when it comes to book covers, “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” gets my vote there. The dark blue catches my eye immediately, plus the mysterious position that Harry is in offers some wonder about the potential danger he is facing. Anyway, this series holds a special place in my heart.

No. 1

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When I think of reading, this is the first book that enters my mind. “The Outsiders” by Susan E. Hinton is the story pertaining two rival gangs, The Greasers and The Socs. There are so many classic characters in this book from Ponyboy, Johnny Cade, Sodapop Curtis, Dallas Winston and so many others. It definitely is recommending for an older audience to its violent nature, but a story that is worth-while. Similar to “Where The Red Fern Grows,” it has an emotional impact, just executed in a different way. This is a heartfelt story that will leave you spinning with emotions afterwards.

Those are my top five books. Each one is special is its own right and have impacted me in unique ways. Taking the time to share this list with you, I have been inspired to find a great book to read!

A Book for Our Times: Author Steven T. Collis Shares a Story of Heroism During WWII
A Book for Our Times: Author Steven T. Collis Shares a Story of Heroism During WWII
A Book for Our Times: Author Steven T. Collis Shares a Story of Heroism During WWII

Steven T. Collis is a storyteller and law professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He serves as the faculty director of Texas’s Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Law and Religion Clinic. Collis is a sought-after speaker nationwide on religion and law and is the author of Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom to Live Their Beliefs.

His background studying law and religion led him to his new book, The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue. The book tells one of the most inspiring true stories in military and American history. Collis highlights the sacrifices made by the Four Chaplains and a Black petty officer to save hundreds of soldiers  on the SS Dorchester, during World War II.

In 1943, German U-Boats lurked in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, eager to bring down Allied ships. As the Four Chaplains aboard the Dorchester descended into the lower holds, the troops knew something was going on. A vague announcement played over the loudspeakers: Submarines were estimated to be in the vicinity. The Four Chaplains advised soldiers to put on their life jackets as tensions arose. The book further elaborates on Alexander Goode, John Washington, George Fox, and Clark Poling, also known as the Four Chaplains. The Chaplains each came from different backgrounds but fostered a safe environment through prayer and reassurances during a life-threatening time for over 900 soldiers

Then disaster struck. One German U-Boat fired a torpedo directly at the Dorchester, scoring a direct hit. The Immortal Chaplains are well-known for their heroism and were an inspiration to the nation, after calmly helping soldiers through the chaos of abandoning the ship and distributing life jackets, including their own, when supplies ran out. They remained a beacon of hope as the boat sunk, and in their final minutes, witnesses reported seeing the Four Chaplains standing together with their arms linked, praying in their respective languages of faith. They encouraged the panicked men floating in life jackets in the frigid ocean, even in their final moments.

Private First-Class William Bednar, a survivor, reported, “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying. I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.”

Collis is also a pioneer in storytelling, as he delves into the valiant story of Charles Walter David Jr., the fifth and often unattributed hero. David’s story has predominantly remained untold until now. He served as a petty officer and was aboard a Coast Guard cutter traveling with the SS Dorchester crew. Heroism is at the forefront of David’s story as he dove into the glacial waters several times and fought through hypothermia to rescue soldiers who had fallen overboard while the ship was sinking.

Collis effortlessly tells his readers the story of how a Jewish Rabbi, a Catholic priest, a Methodist minister, a Protestant minister, and a Black petty officer showcased heroism and unity when it was needed most, despite their differences. During conflicting times like ours, the book offers a refreshing perspective that explores the power of faith and sacrifice. It serves as a narration for five heroic men with vastly different backgrounds that put their beliefs and differences aside to work in consonance and placed the lives of others above their own, in a selfless act of outstanding bravery.

The non-fiction book alternates between the points of view of the Nazi U-Boat captain and crew and the survivors of the SS Dorchester. The survivors credit their survival to the Four Chaplains and David; Collis conducted rigorous research to provide the Nazi U-Boat perspective, which he attained through interviews and journal entries.

The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue, is published by Shadow Mountain Publishing and is available on Indie Bound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Walmart, Target, and anywhere books are sold.

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Can technology help authors write a book?
Can technology help authors write a book?
Can technology help authors write a book?

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image captionWriting a book is difficult, but could using technology help the process?

Celebrated American author Mark Twain was very dismissive of people who think it is possible for someone to learn how to write a novel.

“A man who is not born with the novel-writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel,” he said. “He has no clear idea of his story. In fact, he has no story.”

British writer Stephen Fry puts it another way. He says that successful authors are those who know just how difficult it is to write a book.

Every year around the world a whopping 2.2 million books are published, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), which monitors the number. The figure includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.

For most of these authors the writing process is relatively unchanged since Twain’s heyday in the late 19th Century. Plot outlines and ideas are written down to be deciphered, developed and refined over time.

These days, however, technology is increasingly making the life of an author a little easier.

For Michael Green, a US data scientist turned novelist, the need to use technology to simplify and streamline the writing process came when he was in the middle of writing his first book.

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With 500 pages of a complex story written, he recalls that the process had become difficult to manage: “In the midst of editing, I got to the point where I started feeling like I had a lot of plots and characters.”

“I had all these documents on the deeper aspects of the world I was creating. I was worried about being able to keep track of it all. That’s when I switched into my more data science-minded approach to solving a complex problem with a lot of different pieces.”

The end result was that Mr Green created Lynit, a digital platform that helps authors visualise, plan and weave together the various elements – such as characters, plot arcs, themes and key events – that form a story.

The app is now in its beta stage, and is being tested by a number of writers. Currently free to use, users can draw and update intricate digital templates or story maps.

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Mr Green says that many novelists begin their work with little more than a general idea of a plot or a particular character. With Lynit he says that the process of adding to this initial idea is simplified.

“As the author gets a new idea that they want to bring into the story, they are able to input it into a natural framework. They’re building a visualization.

“Piece by piece, they’re adding to the story. As new ideas come in, they change, maybe by creating new nodes [or interactions], new relationships.”

Once a writer has got his or her book published, technology is now also being increasingly used to help authors connect with their readers.

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This can be via the simple use of social media, with some writers happy to chat at length to their fans. Alternatively, authors can turn to specialist firms such as Chicago-based Hiitide.

Its website and app allows writers to participate in live paid-for question and answer sessions with their readers. And writers of self-help books can create and earn money from learning courses.

Evan Shy, Hiitide’s chief executive, says that the courses are “immersive workbook versions of the books”. “They help you better understand the material, and integrate its principles into everyday life.”

As an example, he points to Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, which largely draws its inspiration from the ancient Greek philosophy of stoicism.

“Users don’t just learn about stoicism [via the Hiitide course],” says Mr Shy. “They can decide which virtues they want to embody and be held accountable for those every day,

“And they can participate in an exclusive Q&A with Ryan Holiday himself about the book.”

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Another tech firm, California-based Crazy Maple Studios, says it helps authors bring their books to life.

Instead of just giving the readers words on a page, its four apps – Chapters, Scream, Spotlight and Kiss – add animation, music, sound effects and even game play to digital books – whereby the reader can decide what a character does.

“The digital revolution and the advent of e-readers made the first big shift in the publishing industry,” says Joey Jia, the firm’s founder and chief executive. “It lessened the impact of ‘gatekeepers’, but it didn’t go far enough.”

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According to Mr Jia, authors are likely to increasingly turn to technology as a result of a need to compete in a world in which potential readers have many options on how to spend their leisure time.

Experts, however, still caution against an overreliance on technologies aimed at helping writers.

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“Technology can also be distracting, particularly if you’re one step away from social media, or jumping down a research hole,” says Melissa Haveman, a ghost writer and author coach.

“A quick five minutes can sometimes lead to hours of lost writing time. One of the pieces of advice I’d give on technology is to find work what works for your personality and natural writing styles, and then use it.

“But authors can sometimes fall into the trap of trying everything in the hope that it will be the magic piece, which really just turns into another distraction.”

Yet Michael Green says he believes technology will become even more prominent as a new – and a tech-savvy – generation of writers becomes more prominent.

“What I’m finding with the Generation Z and even younger writers is that they’re looking for technology to give them guidance,” he says. “They see it as a tool to learn and grow with, rather than extra work.”