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Little tricks for learning a new language that nobody teaches you in school

I married into an Argentine family. My husband is a first-generation American on his mother’s side and almost everyone on that side of the family is …

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

<b>Update:</b> On Feb. 2, the American Library Association awarded the Caldecott Medal to The Adventures of Beekle: An Imaginary Friend by Dan Santat. Six Caldecott Honor books were also named, including <i>Nana in the City</i> by Lauren Castillo; <i>The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract</i> …

How tennis players get pampered at the Australian Open

"Maybe because it's so far for most of us, the Australian Open is more welcoming than any other tournament in the world," said Eric Butorac, …

Getting Wicked: 6 Vintage Musicals to Whet Your Whistle

After decades of being demonized as box-office poison, movie musicals are back - thanks in no small part to the millions of girls and boys still …

10 Simple Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

Writer's block is a dreaded malady in the life of many writers. So, what's the best way to overcome it? In the words of famous freelancer Carrie Bradshaw from <i>Sex and the City</i>, "You just need to stop thinking about it so much, and go to bed, and it will be all right in the morning."<p>This advice might …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

That E-Book Is Not a Cat! 10 Tips About Digital Books

If you love to read and, like so many Americans, have downloaded an ebook onto a tablet or Amazon Kindle, you'll be heartened to hear that the news out of New York's publishing industry is good for readers of fiction and nonfiction alike.<p>I took a three-day foray into the belly of the electronic …

Meet the ancient female leaders who basically invented 'leaning in'

If you’re a lady and a history buff, the lack of female leaders for the, oh, thousands of years that people have walked the earth before now can be …

The 10 best quotable novels

Photograph: National Portrait Gallery<p>Laurence Sterne by Sir Joshua Reynolds.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/15/1421317833170/6d467751-a7ea-4e8d-a0ef-9f2039fc1dc6-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: National Portrait Gallery<p>Laurence Sterne by Sir Joshua …

Five things that made me two-time paper books with my e-reader

You may love the old-fashioned book, but sooner or later your emotions are bound to be kindled.<p>A few years ago, my brother-in-law, a person known to …

Books

Robert Frost's answer to Why is there so much interest in Kepler-186f, because with currently available rockets it would take 500 light years to reach such a planet?

We are a species that only recently discovered how to utilize electricity, and today we have instruments of technology that orbit above the Earth and …

Europa Is Stunning In Close-To-True Color

Feast your eyes on one of the top candidates for extraterrestrial life.<p>NASA has given an old, high-resolution image of Jupiter's moon Europa a fresh polish. The result is the closest-yet approximation of what the watery moon would look like to the naked eye. Hi there, Europa!<p>The Galileo spacecraft …

Astronomy

The Best Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read

The newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of "The Leftovers," the dystopian genre is back in the spotlight. I'm not a scientist or anything, but I predict that many gifts of grim futures will be given this holiday season.<p>Dystopia …

How a Novel Ends

Roderick Thorp was part of a small group of novelists who came together on a monthly basis in the late eighties in Los Angeles to chew the fat. Rod had made a breakthrough success at the age of twenty-seven with the novel <i>The Detective</i>, which became a very successful movie that starred Frank …

Chris Hemsworth is the Sexiest Man Alive 2014: A look back at People’s most enduring brand.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by People Magazine andErika Goldring/Getty Images for Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc.<p>The Sexiest Man Alive was …

Jos Buurman's answer to Why do people work so hard in life even though they know that nothing they have done or ever will do will remain with them?

Years ago a friend's car broke down and he and his wife were in need of it because she was pregnant at that time. I have a car and handed it to them, …

Is "follow your passion" bad advice when it comes to financial and personal success? Why?

Bradley Voytek<br>I call this "the passion trap".<br>A quick look over at Amazon suggests that "follow your passion" is a lucrative bit of advice. But (and …

Stephen Hawking

Adorable Blind Rescued Owl Has Eyes That Look Like Twinkling Stars

Meet Zeus, a blind Western screech owl with eyes that look like windows to another galaxy glittering with stars. The adorable little owl was found lying on a porch one morning after he flew into the side of the house because he was unable to see where he was going. After a visit to the vet, the …

Cute

Will Generation Z Disconnect?

Today's hot tech companies may soon be in for some nasty surprises. Teenagers are pushing back against the technology dependence that previous …

What Do Transgender Children Need?

Nicole clutches her phone, flops down on the couch next to her mother, and squeals, “Oh my God!” She’s just learned that a boy she met online is …

Dyslexie, An Ingenious Typeface Designed to Make Reading Easier for People With Dyslexia

Dyslexie is a typeface specifically designed for people with dyslexia. Dutch designer (and dyslexic) Christian Boer created the typeface with subtle …

India’s most famous psychologist looks on the bright side about Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus—and even the Chinese

Ashis Nandy, one of India’s most prominent intellectuals, was in the US last week. When I heard he was visiting Hofstra University to speak at a conference on the 30th anniversary of the massacres of Sikhs in India, I invited him to take a train up to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Nandy …

India

Paris Review - Garrison Keillor, The Art of Humor No. 2

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He attended Anoka High School and the University of Minnesota. In 1969, he began writing for <i>The New Yorker</i>. In 1974, while at work on an article about the Grand Ole Opry, he was inspired to …

The Neuroscience Of “Harry Potter”

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …