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BOOK BIZ — Revisiting the story of the traders who were too smart for their own good

By LouAnn Lofton Twenty years ago, a hedge fund in the high-class, big-money New York City suburb of Greenwich, Conn., opened for business. This, in and of itself, was not unusual. Greenwich had been home, and continues to be home, to Wall Street’s elite power brokers. What made this particular fund, Long-Term Capital Management, stand out was its impressive roster ...

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BOOK BIZ — Someone is out to get this Southern Marilyn look-alike

We all know eccentric Southern characters. They live in our towns; they may even be related to us. And certainly they populate our Southern literature. When asked why Southern writers so often used these types of characters in books, Carson McCullers replied that it’s because we can still recognize them. Well, Calista McQueen, the heroine of Lowcountry Bombshell certainly fills ...

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BOOK BIZ by Louann Lofton: Inside one of India’s slums, there’s hard work and heartache

India, the rising economic superpower still mired in many problems from its past, is home to 1.2 billion of the earth’s human inhabitants and one-third of the world’s impoverished people. Roughly 55 percent of India’s children suffer from malnutrition. In a land where the promise of a brighter economic future beckons, and signs of flashy progress abound, many Indian citizens, ...

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LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

Would you believe that reading can actually make you better at perceiving the emotional states of those around you? A recent study out of the New School for Social Research in New York City supports this notion, but interestingly, it’s not just reading any old thing that brings about these results. Specifically, those who read “literary fiction” versus popular fiction ...

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