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Spaniards livid over king’s elephant hunt

MADRID (AP) — In one fell swoop, King Juan Carlos of Spain has managed to unite right and left, young and old, those with jobs and those without in universal outrage over his tone-deaf African hunting safari. As Spain foundered amid economic woes, what did the 74-year-old monarch do? He …

George R.R. Martin is our Author of the Year – USATODAY.com

In 2011, everybody wanted to journey to the fantastical land of Westeros — a place teeming with dragons, monster-sized wolves, incestuous aristocrats, teen virgins and impossibly tall walls of ice. For his epic Game of Thrones, author George R.R. Martin wears the crown of USA TODAY’s Author of the Year. …

Juan Carlos earns $382,000 to reign in Spain

 MADRID (AP) — What’s it worth to reign in Spain?  Spain’s royal palace released a breakdown of the royal family’s finances for the first time Wednesday, saying King Juan Carlos earns euro292,552 ($382,597) a year and his son, crown Prince Felipe, roughly half that amount.  The palace said that of …

Warren Adler: The Plight of the Mainstream Novelist

Lost in the conversation of the impact of eBooks is the plight of the mainstream novelist, who writes books that fit no genre category but nevertheless represent the crown jewels of the authorial world, the lynchpin of the trade publishing business. It is these long form fictional compositions that will …