Fiction, say some, reveals truths that reality obscures. This is true of all sorts of fiction, of course, but nowhere is it more apparent than in works cut wholly of the imagination. Are you sick of the world of endless information? Are facts and factoids adding up to less and less truth everyday?
Perhaps it is time for something fabulous -- by which I mean not something great to wear to your next party, but something fable-like in its imaginative insight into the human condition.
The word "hon" has been part of Baltimore, Md.'s lexicon for decades, and it's an inherent part of the city's working-class roots.
But now locals have learned their favorite term of endearment has been trademarked for commercial use by a local businesswoman, and some are protesting the co-opting of what they say is a "Baltimore thing."
The figures are difficult for us mere mortals to get our minds around:
"Facebook, the popular social networking site, has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a deal that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction. The deal makes Facebook now worth more than companies like eBay, Yahoo and Time Warner." (The New York Times' DealB%k blog)