The Other Side

Balzac: The Inside Story

By John Chambers

When Honor de Balzac died of caffeine poisoning and overwork at the age of 51, in 1850, the great French visionary left behind 92 novels, many of them masterpieces, none of them mediocre. On a typical workday, the Paris-based Balzac went to bed at 6:00 p.m., rose at midnight, and wrote until 6:00 a.m.; then, after visits to the printers, numerous other errands, and a second six-hour writing stint, he went to bed again at 6:00 p.m. A despairing and exultant Balzac wrote to his…

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Paranormal Beatles

By Preston Dennett

In 1960, four unknown teenage boys from Liverpool, England formed a musical group and began a journey that would eventually get the attention of the entire world. With their unique combination of humor, good looks, talent and charisma, the “Fab Four,” as they were known, John, Paul, George and Ringo seemed to usher in a new generation. In a matter of months, the four young men achieved international celebrity status. Despite having no formal musical training, they rose to the top of the charts and…

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