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Creative Writing Lecture: Jeff VanderMeer

Organized by <b>Ben Marcus</b>, Writing<p><b>Jeff VanderMeer</b>’s <i>NYT</i> bestselling trilogy, <i>Southern Reach</i> has been translated into over 30 languages and made</i> …

Revolving Wheel

W.S. Merwin & Rehearsing The Serenity to Meet Death<p><i>The Essential W.S. Merwin</i> is a quiet book, but it marks a milestone in the long career of one of …

Introducing ’50 Essential iOS Apps,’ a series on the best iOS apps around

With a mind-boggling 2.2 million apps in Apple’s iOS App Store, how do you find what’s good? That discovery problem is why we’re starting the 50 Essential iOS Apps series, a curated list of the best iOS apps on the planet, with new apps added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.<p>Throughout this …

Apps

Writing With Chronic Illness, Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Notion of Genius, and More

StaffDaily NewsSomaliland poet sentenced to three years in jail; the growing popularity of literature about identity; thirty new books for a literary …

How to bring mindfulness to your career

A thousand years ago, there was a cobbler who hated his work, but could not escape it. One day, heartsick, he met a monk, who suggested that he practice his craft as a meditation—by reframing the attention, intention, and emotion with which he approached his work. He followed the monk’s advice. …

Mindfulness

Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – fascinating study of disbelief

There is an old story of two atheists in Northern Ireland who expressed relief that they had risen above the religious rivalry of their contemporaries. Then one defined himself as a “Protestant atheist” and the other as a “Catholic atheist” and they split apart. The serious point here is that there …

Atheism

Books of the Week

<b>(CNN) —</b> 07/22/2018 "The China Mission" by <b>Daniel Kurtz-Phelan</b><p>07/15/2018 "Our Towns: A 100,000 mile journey into the Heart of America" by <b>James & Deborah Fallows</b><p>07/01/2018 "East of Eden" by <b>John Steinbeck</b><p>06/24/2018 "American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction" by <b>David Gerber</b><p>06/17/2018 "Origin …

Books

8 meals you didn't know you could cook in an air fryer

An air-fryer is a cross between a toaster oven and a home fryer, minus the gallon of oil. And you won't believe the things you can make with one.<p>We are a kitchen gadget nation. Fads have come and gone, enjoying their moment before being relegated to gathering dust in the basement or bringing a few …

Hung Up

Infographic: 20 ways to conquer writer’s block

Every writer has faced a moment when the words failed to appear.<p>The yawning whiteness of a blank word document can stymie even the most prolific …

How To Stop Procrastination: 10 Tips To Try

Wondering how to stop procrastination? Many people are. Most of us have found ourselves putting things off and just watching ourselves do it, as if …

Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most

<i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.<p>Trust is an essential part of ordinary living, whether it's picking mechanics based on Yelp reviews, …

Blockchain

The Best Of Ursula K. Le Guin

The world lost a titan of geek culture this week with the passing of Ursula Le Guin. The 88-year-old author was one of the most influential the field …

18 Essential Classics to Read Before You Die

Various<p>If one-stop shopping for the classics appeals to you, look no further than this box set. It features eighty books celebrating a wide range of classic literature from drama to poetry, and fiction to history, and includes works from Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad and many …

Learn the business skills that every employer is looking for with these affordable online classes

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>GoSkills<p>You don't have to have a business degree to excel in your career, but it certainly helps to be in-the-know about the common …

Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say

A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study - within minutes of drinking a brew.<p>Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found.<p>The …

How to make outlines that will help you write fantastic posts.

Remember how your high school teacher would make you create an outline for your work?<p>Then, you would submit a rough draft, which they would return …

January Writing Advice

Tips from the Masters Annie Proulx: 5 Techniques for Good Craftmanship<p>Annie Proulx writes literary fiction brilliant enough to win major accolades …

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

We are creatures of habit and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don't have to think about the task.<p>Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel like you're …

Time Management

Best books of 2017: indie publishers on their favourite books of the year

India’s answer to Lear, a teen tale set amid the London riots and the first great book on grime. Experts pick 2017’s smartest, oddest and most overlooked reads

Books

11 Essential Books On Writing, Based On The Genre You Want To Write

If you're an aspiring writer, you know that you have to read all kinds of books in order to hone your technique, but sometimes it might seem as if …

The best books I read in 2017

Books to better understand Trump, to defend yourself from information overload, to imagine the future.<p>On my podcast, I close each conversation by asking my guest to recommend three books. Here, at the end of 2017, I thought I’d answer my own question, or at least a variant of it.<p>I shifted my …

Books

Top 15 Mediterranean Recipes of 2017

Here we are at the end of another great year, and I get to write one of my very favorite posts featuring top Mediterranean recipes of 2017!<p>It’s …

14 Brilliant Gifts for Book Lovers

12.20.17<p>08:00 am<p>Delight your loved ones with these page-turning presents.<p>Books are the perfect gift. A good story can transport its readers to …

The 11 best books of 2017

From The Idiot to The Odyssey.<p>As we draw to the close of 2017, the year that looked at much-reviled 2016 and said, “Hold my beer,” right before it killed the “hold my beer” meme dead, we do have at least one thing to be thankful for: books. 2017 brought us books of rage and comfort and resentment …

Books

The 10 best books of 2017

From a short story collection to a century-spanning novel about a Korean family, these were the greatest reads the year had to offer, writes Jane Ciabattari.

6 Fiction Writing Exercises to Try When You’re Traveling for the Holidays

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]<i>image from Getty</i>Stuck in an …

Creative Writing

The Meaning of Buddhism

Fundamental principles of the Theravada doctrine<p>The teaching founded by the Buddha is known, in English, as Buddhism. It may be asked, who is the Buddha? A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection which can be achieved …

This Simple Solution Will Eliminate Tons of Conflict From Your Life

Make your life easier by following these skill sets to wipe out conflict from your life.<p>Conflicts. Arguments. Frustrations. Even for all the toughies out there, fighting with companions is never fun. Interpersonal struggles, no matter how minor, are destructive and can eventually come to erode …

Psychology