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More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2016 is still worth discovering and pondering today.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers. This is my annual attempt to bring …

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The Dinosaurs on Other Planets

From the ditch behind the house, Kate could see her husband up at the old forestry hut, where mottled scrubland gave way to dense lines of trees. “Colman!” she called, but he didn’t hear. She watched him swing the axe in a clean arc and thought that from this distance he could be any age. Lately, …

A Fuel-Efficient Big Rig From Walmart That Looks Like a Smushed Corvette

Efficiency counts when you have one of the world's largest commercial truck fleets. That's why Walmart has developed a new big rig that uses a …

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What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Google’s Nest Is Great, But Is Your Kitchen Now The Smartest Room In The House?

Odds are, next time you throw a party, the hottest action will be in your kitchen. (Isn’t it always?) Soon, a slew of connected devices will leave your guests agog.<p>Room by room and appliance by appliance, homes are coming online. Front doors have Bluetooth locks and cameras, bedrooms have a suite …

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

Martin Scorsese A Letter to my Daughter

Dearest Francesca,<p>I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which …

pourmecoffee on Twitter: "Thousands of flamingos around the shoreline of Lake Bogoria in Kenya http://t.co/eQqFDlhuBE http://t.co/yRigpyEYuk"

Replying to @<b>pourmecoffee</b><p>This beautiful world MT @<b>pourmecoffee</b>: Thousands of flamingos around shoreline in Kenya http://goo.gl/Ody7x …

Leap of faith: Freerunner makes death defying jumps from historic Indian temple look easy

• Parkour expert Thomas Couetdic rock hopped in the breathtaking landscape of Hampi, India<br>• The Frenchman has trained extensively with the originators of …

Parkour

The Art of Character: The Five Cornerstones of Dramatic Characterization

Shares 840<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

Self-Publishing Grabs Huge Market Share From Traditional Publishers

Barnes & Noble re-launched PubIt! this week as Nook Press, a largely superficial makeover which failed to address some fundamental problems, like …

How to Become Internet Famous for $68

<i>This story was written by Kevin Ashton</i><p>Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter …

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

<i>“Find something more important than you are,”</i> philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, <i>“and dedicate your life to it.”</i> But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of …

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is <b>Zadie Smith’</b>s list — an exquisite balance …

SkyArt, Fun Doodles Drawn Into Photographs of the Sky

French artist Thomas Lamadieu takes photographs and then fills in the open space of the sky with amusing drawings in a series called “SkyArt.” More …

What Now? Advice on Writing and Life from Ann Patchett

In 2006, writer <b>Ann Patchett</b> gave the commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater. The speech, a worthy addition to history’s most memorable graduation addresses, spurred such wide resonance that it was soon adapted into a small and lovely hardcover book titled <b>What Now?</b> (<i>public</i> …

How to Build a Greener Office Building

The founder of the Earth Day Network is behind the Bullitt Center in Seattle, which aims to be one of the greenest office towers ever built. Here's how the designers are cutting lead, PVC, phalates, and other potentially hazardous materials from the tower's construction.<p><b>Seattle's new Bullitt …

Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader

<i>“All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading,”</i> H.P. Lovecraft advised aspiring writers. We’ve already seen that reading is a learned skill and an optimizable technique, and that non-reading is as important an intellectual choice as reading itself, so it follows that …

Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the Book”

<i>“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic,”</i> cosmic sage Carl Sagan memorably proclaimed. Books, indeed, are worthy of the deepest kind of cosmic awe, awe so profound it borders on the ineffable — so much so that only the most articulate of poets can fully capture its expansive …

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On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain

Literary history is peppered with famed novelists who also wrote verse — James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury. Even such unlikely cultural icons as Marilyn Monroe found refuge in poetic practice.<p>Some time ago, while doing some research for my Twain-related labor of love, I came upon <b>On the</b> …

Work Alone: Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech

<i>“One can never be alone enough to write,”</i> Susan Sontag observed. Solitude, in fact, seems central to many great writers’ daily routines — so much so, it appears, that part of the writer’s curse might be the ineffable struggle to submit to the spell of solitude and escape the grip of loneliness at …