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August 2015

Author Interview: Jessica Tyner

Last Exotic Petting ZooToday’s Author Interview is with Jessica Tyner, a published poet and the founder of MehtaFor, a national bronze winner for Startup of the Year from the American Business Awards. Jessica has been a writer and an editor for more than ten years and has taught university writing courses in the US, UK, South Korea, and Costa Rica. I was very excited to talk startups and poetry with her, and how to actually make money using my English degree. Continue Reading

Writers: The Answers You’re Looking for Are Not on the Internet

Flying BooksWhenever the tiniest inkling of a question hits me these days, I find myself reaching for my phone to Google the answer. And I’ve noticed it’s gotten worse over the past few years. My instinct to Google has really ramped up since I have a laptop at home, one at the office, and a smartphone always in my pocket. Sometimes I find the answer quickly (How many Academy Awards has Al Pacino won?) and sometimes I have to search deeper and stumble across information I didn’t even know I was looking for (What does “New Thought” mean?).

But sometimes—particularly with the deep questions—I find a lot of hype and noise, and very little meaningful insight. This is the result of living in a society that has, what feels like, unlimited information at its fingertips. But in reality we’re all still human, and humans have limits. We don’t know everything and we can’t know everything, even if the illusion of believing that we do makes us feel safer. Continue Reading