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Madame Zero by Sarah Hall review – exceptional short stories

The opening story of Sarah Hall’s new collection, <i>Madame Zero</i>, won the BBC National Short Story award. It’s called “Mrs Fox”, and in it, a young married woman undergoes a transformation. This may sound soothingly familiar: after all, David Garnett’s story “Lady into Fox” follows the same theme and …

Books

Creative Vending Machine Prints Short Stories to Read While You Wait

Recently, inventive vending machines have been popping up around France. Instead of dispensing sweet treats or sugary drinks, however, these kiosks distribute short stories. Created by literature-loving company Short Édition, these savvy stalls promise to help pass the time, whether you're waiting …

My New 91-Year-Old Hero Rode Over 100 MPH On The Back Of A MotoAmerica Bike

A few months ago, I rode on the back of a MotoAmerica racing motorcycle at Circuit of the Americas and it terrified the life out of me. Most of you …

Motorcycles

11 Books All Harry Potter Fans Must Read

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The Language of Bass: An Interview with Anthony Crawford

<i>Photo by Alex Solca</i><p>As genres morph and blend into each other, it has been increasingly important for bassists to be able to cover a variety of …

This Is the Best Netflix Documentary for Design Lovers to Binge Watch

"Abstract: The Art of Design" gives the industry a new edge rarely witnessed in design documentaries.<p>"You're looking for a moment when you feel you're as close to the soul as possible. That's what good design is."<p>So declares the trailer for "Abstract: The Art of Design," a new Netflix series that …

Automotive Design

How To Lubricate Motorcycle Cables | MC GARAGE VIDEO

If your bike’s clutch, throttle, or brakes are feeling sticky, it’s likely time to give them some TLC. Lubricating your control cables is easy and it …

How to Install New Motorcycle Handlebar Grips

Your handlebar grips are your most important point of contact with the bike, so why not keep them fresh? Replacing worn-out grips is an affordable …

Learn the Basics of Sheet Music with This 5-Minute Video

For non-musicians, sheet music can look incomprehensible. Dots, wavy things, and doodles somehow equate to the written version of music. So how do we …

Bachelorette Party

Write Every Day

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world …

How to Write a Short Story with Clarity and Economy

One of the cold, hard truths of short story writing is that you only get one read. Whether your story is part of a collection, or in a magazine someone’s holding, or in the hands of someone who’s considering publishing it, you usually only get one shot per story with any one person. (Right? When …

This Resume For Elon Musk Proves You Never Need to Use More Than One Page

If it works for him...<p>Let’s say you are Elon Musk, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in tech history whose career spans two decades of …

Tesla

How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood

Finding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding an adolescent male who hasn’t seen online porn. Surveys indicate the average boy watches …

Psychology

Expresso app will show you everything wrong with your writing

If you want to see how well you’re writing, the free text-analyzer Expresso will give you a detailed breakdown of whatever you give it.<p>The web-based …

The Best Way to Not Become a Writer (and What to Do Instead)

The best way to not become a writer is to wish you were one.<p>To think about writing. To dream about it, imagine it, wonder what it would be like to …

Writing

How I Plan a Book, Part 1: Of Plotters and Pantsers

I’m not a traditional outliner when it comes to writing my stories.<p>Actually, up until a month ago, I actually would have labeled myself a straight-up …

How to Write Both Fast and Well, Part 9: Why Clichés Are Evil

Of all the threats to good writing, the worst -- and most insidious -- is cliché: the re-use of the over-used.<p>As Martin Amis put it:<p>All writing is a campaign against cliché. Not just clichés of the pen but clichés of the mind and clichés of the heart. When I dispraise [writing], I am usually …

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 8: Block that Metaphor!

Last time, I talked about how to give your writing more impact by using nouns and verbs that represent objects and actions in the real world. It works because what moves us is emotion, and emotion is inherently physical.<p>Today we take that lesson to the next level: from nouns and verbs to metaphors, …

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 7: Get Physical

Last time, I showed you how to improve your writing simply by getting rid of adjectives and adverbs. Instead, I said, use the right nouns and verbs.<p>This time: how to find those nouns and verbs.<p>The key is to remember that we invented nouns and verbs to stand for things and actions that we can see, …

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers

"How will I ever learn to be a good writer?"<p>It's a scary question -- and the hell of it is, the more you appreciate good writing, the scarier it gets.<p>But it turns out there's a non-scary answer to how to be good: just avoid being bad.<p>Think of it as the Sherlock Holmes technique: "When you have …

Kalup Triumph Speed Triple R Slaves

<b>"We are fetishists.
 We worship speed. We adore motorcycles."</b><br>Kalup is a new brand/breed of motorcycle riding gear from the Czech Republic that blends …

Running Lean: Fuel Motorcycles' sleek R65

‘Svelte’ is not a word that sits comfortably in the BMW design language. These days, the machines that roll out of BMW Motorradwerk in Berlin are best described as imposing—or in the case of the sportbikes, angular.<p>It wasn’t always that way, though. The R65 of the early 1980s had a compact frame, …

Absolute Gem: Diamond Atelier’s BMW R100R

We’re calling it: the custom boxer movement has reached critical mass. More BMWs are rolling off workbenches than ever before, so builders have to look at Bavaria’s sweetheart with fresh eyes to get noticed.<p>This neo-noir BMW R100R from Diamond Atelier is more of a swift kick to the jaw than a …

Road Bikes

How I Built a Custom Desk and Wire-Free Workspace for My Photo Editing

For years I’ve struggled with my workspace, I’ve had loads of different ones, from small ones in the corner of the living room in my old apartment to …

Remove Before Flight Key Chain

Reading time: about 1 minute.<p>Accessories<br>• Gadgets<br>• Gear<p>This Remove Before Flight Key Chain is something I’ve had for years, it’s an almost perfect tag …

Einstein’s God: Science, Free Will, and the Human Spirit

Seven decades after a little girl asked Einstein whether scientists pray, Peabody Award-winning journalist <b>Krista Tippett</b> began interviewing some of the world’s most remarkable scientists, philosophers, and theologians about the relationship between science and spirituality in her superb public …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Ryan Reynolds’ Honda CB750 by Raccia Motorcycles

Reading time: about 3 minutes.<p>Cafe Racers<br>• Engineering<br>• Honda<br>• Motorcycles<p>When Mike LaFountain of Raccia Motorcycles sent us the images of the Honda CB750 …

Serial could never happen in Australia. Our courts wouldn't allow it

Serial is over. The most popular podcast of all time has provoked much debate, consumed many column inches and lost thousands of people too many hours to Reddit. It is likely to spur a whole new kind of audio journalism presented in narrative story arcs.<p>But in Australia, Serial could probably never …