Jeremiah Ashcraft

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Welcome to dystopia – George Orwell experts on Donald Trump

Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon’s book sales chart. So, is the age of Newspeak here?<p>Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era<p>Reading George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four again, now, hurts. And I’m not the …

Literature

Hey, Donald Trump: Trickle-down economics dressed in populist garb is still trickle-down economics

Robert Reich explains why the president-elect’s real art of the deal is to increase corporate profits<p><i>This originally appeared on Robert Reich's blog.</i><p>President-elect Donald Trump recently celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 …

Economics

Why Is Gary Johnson Such a Dud?

The Libertarian party seemed to have a once-in-a-generation opportunity this cycle. The public hates both the major-party nominees, and Gary Johnson, …

Government

Chemical weapon for sale: China's unregulated narcotic

SHANGHAI (AP) — It's one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when reports of carfentanil overdoses began to surface in the U.S., the substance was best known for knocking out elephants — or as a chemical …

Hung Up

7 Tips for Writing that Great Blog Post, Every Time

Image Source<p>Your blog is probably one of your company's most valuable marketing tools. You use it to build trust with your customers, generate leads, educate consumers, and build brand awareness. So, if a reader tells you your blog's content quality is poor, that comment will probably make you …

Marketing

They can make thousands from an Instagram post - but how transparent are Irish bloggers?

Image: Shutterstock/baranq<p>Image: Shutterstock/baranq<p>TOP IRISH BLOGGERS and social media ‘influencers’ can reportedly make up to €3,000 for posting …

Public Relations

Facebook controversy shows journalists are more complicated than algorithms

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Google have moved outside their comfort zone by trying to curate ‘unbiased’ news – but journalists aren’t like computers<p>Silicon Valley is trying to make the news business as neutral as its code. The problem is the humans.<p>Facebook learned this the hard way this week …

Social Media

5 Life Lessons I Had to Learn The Hard Way About Blogging

Have you ever dreamt of being an influential blogger earning a 7-figure income and working from wherever you want?<p>For some people, blogging is just a …

Mindfulness Can Improve Strategy, Too

FERIDUN AKGÜNGÖR<p>Over the course of a couple of decades, meditation has migrated from Himalayan hilltops and Japanese Zendos to corporate boardrooms and corridors of power, including Google, Apple, Aetna, the Pentagon, and the U.S. House of Representatives.<p>On a personal level, leaders are taking …

Mindfulness

Year's Best Crime Novels: 2016, by Bill Ott

<b>The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016.</b><p>Ott, Bill (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 1, 2016 (<i>Booklist</i>).<p>Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, …

3 New Books on What You Should Be Worried About This Spring

<b>“Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business,”</b> by Rana Foroohar<p>Banks were the chief villains of the financial crisis—at …

Bernie Sanders

Welcome to MashReads: A books section for the way we read today

<i>POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord?</i><p><i>HAMLET: Words, words, words.</i><p>Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Act II Scene 2<p>The Bard, as usual, hit on a universal …

5 Tips for Powerful Writing

If you want to write more powerfully-- whether it's the next great novel or memoir, or simply emails to friends, family and colleagues, journal entries, speeches or presentations for work, or even your holiday card letter, here are some words that might help, inspired by Girl Friday Productions-- …

The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and<p>William Shakespearedied on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

Literature

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

If you've been writing for any amount of time, at some point a question is going to come up for you: do I want to go pro?<p>It's an important question to ask, and, most especially, to answer. Because as you go deeper into a hobby, you'll start to think about the money you've spent and wonder if it's …

Creative Writing

My favorite online research tools for writers

Here’s how I researched material for a book I was ghostwriting. You might like these tools, too.<p>You can’t find everything on the Internet…yet. But …

First English novel at 50

Writer Sebastian Sim has held an eclectic range of jobs, including bartender, McDonald's restaurant manager, checkpoint security officer and casino …

New York City

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

A short fiction trick

I’ve been putting off this post for a long time, because it’s got to be a long post. The reason is it has to include a bit of micro-fiction to pick …

Magic

Secret lives of women who broke taboo to act in Shakespeare

They were rarities in Restoration theatre. But, as a new exhibition shows, the Bard’s first actresses were brave pioneers<p>Great Elizabethan and Georgian stage stars, such as Will Kempe, Richard Burbage and David Garrick, may not be household names today, but their reputations live on in the theatre. …

Feminism

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Taoism

22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

<i>If good writing is succinct and concise, then shouldn't the same be true of writing advice?</i><b>Column</b> by <b>Christopher Shultz</b>There have been entire articles …

Creative Writing

William Shakespeare 400th anniversary: 60 everyday words and phrases you never knew came from the playwright

23 April 2016: the day that marks 400 years since the death of playwright William Shakespeare.<p>The Bard’s legacy is still strongly felt around the …

William Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Isle of Bute

A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio - a book containing 36 of his plays published seven years after his death - has been discovered at a stately home on a Scottish Island.<p>The book, which has languished in the library of Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute for more than 100 years, was confirmed …

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>‘Maybe he needs to read more widely’: authors respond to Gay Talese<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the …

Books

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? <i>Two</i> Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry …

MacTrast Deals: Scrivener 2 – The Award-Winning Writing App Used by Best-Selling Authors

Here’s your chance to find out why writing professionals everywhere use Scrivener 2 to create and manage their writing projects. And, for a limited …

50 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Authors

One of the questions I'm asked on a daily basis is some form of, "I want to become an author. Can you help?" There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years -- both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and …

Writing

How to write a best-selling novel

So you want to write a novel? Of course you do. Everyone wants to write a novel at some stage in their lives. While you’re at it, why not make it a …