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Apple swan carved by King of Random
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Apple swan carved by King of Random

Web Reads: Spruce up your apple carving, writing style, and reading list


Even better apples. Already thinking of Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s a how-to video for transforming an apple into a swan. You can watch a video with swan-carver King of Random, showing other ingenious how-tos.

Even better writing. Readers and budding writers will appreciate longform.org’s archives of writers on writing. The site has essays by and interviews with writers like David McCullough on writing biographies, E.B. White on the art of the essay, and Kurt Vonnegut on writing fiction.

Even better books. This 1898 best-novel list by critic Clement K. Shorter via kottke.org includes many now-unfamiliar books. Are some of them forgotten gems? Kottke sends readers to the website The Greatest Books for more lists.

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Even better animals? The BBC reports on the use of elephants and camels in Britain during WWI. The military drafted horses to the war front, so some parts of the country relied on animals from menageries and circuses to pull plow fields and pull heavy loads.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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