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Comics Master Class: Leveraging Your Cultural Literacy

<i>by Aldo Alvarez, Ph.D. AKA Dale Lazarov</i><p>Cultural literacy in comics is not a new thing. Knowing a character’s history or having expertise in …

The Painted Word: A Selection of Recent Graphic Novels

<i>Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War</i> (Kids Can Press 2015) by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine and illustrated by Claudia …

Democratic Republic of the Congo

What Most Writers Don’t Know About Screenplay Structure

by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Alex Bloom. Alex founded the screenplay consultancy Script Reader Pro with the idea of hiring only working …

Creative Writing

The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language

<b>The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest (11th Century) on the English Language</b><p>By Azhar A. Alkazwini<p><i>International Journal of Linguistics</i>, …

Language

Activist files human rights complaint against Indians name, logo

Indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal has filed a human rights complaint to ban the use of the Cleveland Indians team name and their controversial …

Human Rights

7 Language Blogs You Should Be Following to Learn Languages Faster

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.<p>There are certain ones that …

France has 'problem with Islam' and there is 'too much unwanted immigration', says Hollande in explosive book

Francehas a "problem with Islam" and there is "too much" unwanted immigration, François Hollande has acknowledged in an explosive new book in which the Socialist president controversially claims that "the veiled woman of today" will tomorrow become France's national icon, Marianne.<p>Over the course …

Powerful Poetry Urges Us To 'Look' More Closely

<i>Look</i>, the debut collection of poetry from Solmaz Sharif, opens with all the grace of an unpinned grenade: "It matters what you call a thing." But this comes as less a warning than a war cry.<p>Her slim grey collection, just shortlisted for a National Book Award, begins — and is built by — the cold …

Paris is for Book Lovers: A Literary Tour of the City of Light

The iconic Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. (Photo: Russ Bishop / Alamy)<p>Paris has inspired generations of writers, and some of the world’s …

A brief survey of the short story: David Foster Wallace

For all its elaborate formal tricks, Wallace’s work is marked by a deep desire for authentic connection, to his subjects and to his readers<p>David Foster Wallace was a maximalist. His masterpiece, Infinite Jest, is a 1,000-page, polyphonic epic about addiction and obsession in millennial America. His …

The attacks in France show that its colonial past endures | Natalie Nougayrède

In new talk of a war against terror with no frontline, the legacy of empire in north Africa and its impact on the French Muslim community is ever present<p>The attack in Nice, in which 84 people were mown down by a French resident of Tunisian origin, has been a watershed in French politics. After the …

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

Every writing system represents speech a little differently, and no system is completely faithful to how words are actually pronounced. For over a …

Language

7 Ways to Make Yourself a Better Editor

This story originally appeared on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit<p>Instead of relying on an editor to neaten up your writing, you can learn to be your own editor. If you have no experience editing, the best place to learn is with your own writing. Once you have an initial draft, use these …

Creative Writing

Top Three banned Books That You Must Read

Almost since the day the term ‘publishing’ came to existence, books have been banned for one reason or another. Throughout history, fictions and …

Bastille Day: Everything you need to know about the French holiday

What is Bastille Day?<p>Bastille Day marks the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, by angry Parisian crowds.<p>This seismic act demonstrated that ordinary people would no longer accept the absolute power of the king and signalled the start of the French Revolution which forced the creation …

The deep roots of “white trash” in America: “Not only are we not a post-racial society, we are certainly not a post-class society”

<b>Nancy Isenberg (Penguin/Mindy Stricke)</b><p>Salon talks to Nancy Isenberg about America’s history of race, class, eugenics and the myth of social mobility<p>Kate Tuttle<p>July 9, 2016 8:30pm (UTC)<p>Nancy Isenberg’s book “White Trash” begins by looking at the characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Both the book …

Civil Rights

This Infographic Lists 128 Words You Can Use Instead of “Very”

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a …

The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

How many have you read? (#7 is a good place to start...)<p>As Anna Quindlen once said, "Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." These were the tomes making people laugh, weep and whisper in homes across the country as your story got …

The Handwritten Draft

With so many digital tools at our disposal these days, handwriting often seems so far behind us. Of course many of the individuals whose work I read …

Writing

Homeless in Seattle: five essays

Peter Wieben's five-part series on homelessness in Seattle doesn't try to capture any kind of overarching truth or objective stock-taking of the …

Life and Death at the Existentialist Café

GIVEN THE SOMEWHAT whimsical title of Sarah Bakewell’s <i>At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails</i>, and the fact that the book …

An increasing number of British people don't pronounce the word 'three' properly — these maps explain why

That is likely going to make it easier for us all to communicate in the future, but it comes at a cost: We're gradually losing the entertaining brogues of unreconstructed Scouse, Geordie, or Glaswegian.<p>The most surprising sign of this shift is that large swathes of British people now pronounce the …

The Simple Trick That Helped My Kids Become Amazing Writers

<i>How can I tell my 15-year-old daughter she is awful at writing? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Elliot S Maggin, father of two beautiful and spectacularly successful grown kids, on …

Quora

Required reading in the Year of Trump: Winners, losers and the portrait of a town in decline

<b>Donald Trump (AP/Charlie Neibergall/Salon)</b><p>Richard Russo’s new novel digs into the complexities of class and race in small-town America—and a path forward<p>David Masciotra<p>May 19, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Anyone who doubts that literature still presents the finest exploration of humanity and the “greatest …

Framing

Why You Should Write Flash Fiction

<i>But first, an announcement~ The winner of Chuck Sambuchino’s book, How To Get a Literary Agent is…morgynstarz! Chuck will be in touch, and will send</i> …

Essential Editing and Proofreading Tips & Tricks to Become a Better Writer

<b>By Julie Peterson</b>If you’ve ever tried to edit your own work, you know how challenging it can be. You end up missing way more mistakes than if you …

Writing

For Busy Entrepreneurs

How To Write A Book In 30 Days or Less!<p><b>Congratulations! You are just 30 days away from writing a book that you can be proud of.</b> If you are like 90% …

Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List

Ready for some serious armchair travel? Take a trip around the globe with these books from the eighty most populated countries in the …