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Author Quotes About Inauguration Day

January 20th, the Inauguration of the forty-sixth president of the United States, President Joe Biden, was a big day for the country and for authors' twitter accounts. See what these literary geniuses had to say about this new chapter that our country is entering.

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Stephen King Says: Stop Comparing Coronavirus To ‘The Stand’

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic novel by Stephen King. In this novel, a virus wipes out almost all of humanity, which is (thankfully) far from what we are dealing with at the moment.

King took to Twitter last Sunday to affirm that the coronavirus pandemic is NOT like The Stand. He states, “No, the coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.” From that tweet, you can tell that King has had ENOUGH.

In The Stand, the fictional virus is a strain of the flu that is weaponized for warfare. While coronavirus has killed over 8,000 people globally and has spread across 100+ countries, it still does not amount to this rapid and deadly fictional virus.

 

On a serious note, coronavirus is similar to the flu. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it is best to get a medical diagnosis before assuming the worst. Specialists believe that mortality rates will decrease over time as more cases are diagnosed. For loved ones with pre-existing medical conditions and those who are at higher risk, such as smokers and the elderly, it is best to take precaution. Practice social distancing, avoid touching your face, and most importantly, WASH YOUR HANDS!

Stay safe everyone!

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Major Oxford Comma Controversy

Iconic author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, has weighed in on the new design for Britain’s post-Brexit 50p coin (pictured above). Sure, it’s not the font I would use, but it’s a nice… wait a second.

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You all know how strongly I feel about the Oxford comma. It should be there. It should always, always be there. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Philip Pullman has authored seven best sellers, is ranked one of the best British authors of the past fifty years, and has an actual knighthood. I’m in good company.

 

Now I’m not sure how boycotting 50p would work, practically, but no one ever uses 50c coins, so it is possible.

I’m not getting over it. It’s a list! It may not be the eggs, toast, and orange juice problem, but it’s still a list, so it’s still wrong.

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And I honestly, honestly wish that I thought this was deliberate. But I don’t. Until some memos are released saying they talked about this, I’m offended, and I’m bothered. Why put such a long slogan at all? Just say something about unity. Or use Latin. Latin, periods between each word. Or go classic, motto style. Peace our goal est.

 

It’s not the first time Pullman has tweeted something controversial about British culture and politics. I might be the only one who’s jumped on this one this way,


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