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Video: Lincoln in the Bardo Author George Saunders Discusses Outlining

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They say a preposition is something you should never end a sentence with. That’s nonsense.

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of June 17, 2018.<p>If this week’s news has you feeling …

Writing by hand makes your brain wait

In writing by hand, we deliberately pause to make the brain wait. This forced interruption, called disinfluency, yields more thoughtful …

This is why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Exam pressures, the quest for more independence, strained relationships with parents and a body full of raging hormones all add to teenage angst. Of …

Writing Great Dialogue Isn't Easy by Gary Goldstein

Getting kids to class may be harder than some lawmakers think. A new study casts doubt on how big a role educators can play.

Michigan and other states are focusing more on how often students are absent as a factor in determining a school’s performance. But a new study calls …

Why you are wrong if you think creative writing is a ‘frivolous waste of time’

If you think creative writing is a “frivolous waste of time,” you are just plain wrong.<p>So writes English teacher Justin Parmenter, who laments that writing has become “little more than an afterthought” in this era when standardized testing reigns supreme, with serious consequences for …

Creative Writing

New TED-Ed Video & Lesson: “How many verb tenses are there in English?”

I’m adding this new TED-Ed lesson and video to The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your …

How Do You Write a Horror Novel When Your Dad Is Stephen King?

Joe Hill's books are critically lauded, commercially successful. People love them. And in the not-too-distant future, Hollywood is going to bring Hill's work to the screen (one's made, the rest of his work has been optioned). But despite all of Hill's obvious success, one question remains: How do …

Cujo's Unexpected Lesson About Parenting and Art

The comedian and writer John Hodgman explains what Stephen King’s 1981 horror noveltaught him about risking mistakes in storytelling—and fatherhood.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders,</b> …

Stephen King

Kick Mobile Phones Out of Class

Of all the places where a mobile phone does not belong -- at the dinner table, near a steering wheel, in the hands of a president before 8 a.m. -- close to the top of the list is in the classroom. In the last five years, however, many large school districts in the U.S. have lifted their …

Mobile

Why We Keep Telling the Same Stories

Neil Gaiman, Halldor Laxness and the art of revisiting myths<i>Thor und die Midgardsschlange, Emil</i> Doepler (1905)Some stories are primal. Some have …

Books

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is the source of our self-obsession

Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. Cults display unwarranted admiration for a person or thing, and this one has chosen an especially irresistible figurehead: you.<p>The Cult of Self lulls us into believing that we’re better than others, that our needs matter more, and that …

Behavioral Sciences

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

High School

This 2-Word Quote From Writer Kurt Vonnegut Will Change the Way You Work

You're always going to be in the process of becoming who you want to be, so you may as well learn to enjoy it.<p>When it comes to insights about work, there are tweaks and there are game changers. Which isn't to diminish tweaks. Sometimes, the perfect scheduling hack or productivity ritual can …

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

Teachers know what to expect from five-paragraph essays, too. And that’s why they work well—there’s a clarity to them. Both the writing and the …

Poet Rupi Kaur: 'Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses'

Rupi Kaur has been called the "pop star of poetry." She's 24; she emigrated from India to Canada when she was 4. And she's famous for the raw, minimalist poems she posts on Instagram for her 1.6 million followers.<p>But social media and poetry don't always seem to go together — Kaur's been criticized …

Technology and Big Data May Steal All Your Privacy and Freedom if You Don't Heed the Words of these Great Thinkers

Technology can work for you or against you. The wisdom of these leaders helps keep your personal freedom in perspective.<p>The new Star Trek Discovery launched this week and is making big buzz beyond the Trekkies. Living in a Star Trek universe certainly has its appeal over much of the backward …

Star Trek

False Assumptions I Made About Classic Works of Literature Before Reading Them

“<b>Moby Dick</b>”<p>The entire book is the script of a one-man show that begins “Call me Ishmael” and ends “Thank you, I’m Ishmael, good night!”<p>“<b>The Great Gatsby</b>”<p>Set in a circus; the character of Daisy Buchanan is just Daisy Duke from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”<p>“<b>Jane Eyre</b>”<p>That the one quote I already knew from …

Literature

How to Analyze a Story Like a Master Writer

As writers, there is no replacement for reading as a practice to become a better writer, but studying film or television can be just as instructive. …

“Annotator Tool” Is A Good…Tool For Online Annotation

Annotator Tool is an easy and accessible feature from the Maryland Public Television’s Thinkport.<p>All a teacher has to do is create a name for the …

13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read

I haven't managed to read all of Stephen King's novels yet — I'm still working on that — but I <i>have</i> read all of his short stories. All of the …

Søren Kierkegaard: A Free Online Course on the “Father of Existentialism”

The playlist above features roughly eight hours of video lectures on Søren Kierkegaard, the “father of existentialism.” They're presented by Jon B. …

Could you pass the US citizenship test? Here, try it out

More states are requiring high school graduates to know at least as much about U.S. founding documents as immigrants passing the citizenship test. …

James Madison

No Fooling: 25 Indispensable Works of Humor

<i>It may be April, but this is no hoax.We asked Mike Sacks, author of</i> And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers <i>and</i> Poking a Dead …

Books

How to write a novel: Story beginnings, middles and ends

We all know that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, but as writers, it can be surprisingly easy to skimp on one or all of these sections. …

Creative Writing

Kurt Vonnegut on Bob Dylan: He “Is the Worst Poet Alive”

<i>Image by Daniele Pratitand Ben Northern via Flckr Commons</i><p>As if life weren’t fraught enough, we’re barreling toward the 10th anniversary of author …

‘Five Came Back’: When Hollywood Enlisted in WWII

A three-part Netflix documentary follows five great directors who went to the front lines to film the conflict and shows how it changed them and how …

Teaching Students Who Hate Reading

<i>Reading was fun until teachers started assigning books and I no longer got to choose what to read.</i><i>I haven’t read a book for fun since elementary</i> …