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Star Wars Risk is pretty good, also not Risk

Earlier this month toy and game maker Hasbro launched an entire fleet of new Star Wars themed toys. The sustained onslaught of product releases, launched over an unrelenting 18-hour livestream, left many weary. The low point for me, personally, came with the announcement of a new version of the …

Five New Board Games You Should Play

The world's smallest language has only 100 words — and you can say almost anything

In Icelandic, a compass is a direction-shower, and a microscope a small-watcher.<p>In Lakota, horse is literally dog of wonder.<p>These neologisms demonstrate the cumulative quality of language, in which we use the known to describe the unknown.<p>"It is by metaphor that language grows," writes the …

Linguistics

The productivity trick one author used to write over 40 books

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.<p>Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day.<p>His strategy is explained in Mason Currey's book, …

Time Management

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

'Writing courses won't make you a better writer'

Instead of struggling to learn through practice and imitation, science could enable students to make informed writing decisions, suggests author Yellowlees Douglas<p>Writing courses won’t make you a better writer, no matter how many you take. You can tackle A-level English, then finish any degree in …

The writers who invented languages

JRR Tolkien created Elvish and many other writers have made up new words and phrases. But can you really construct a whole new lexicon? Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>If you’re a Game of Thrones fan suffering from withdrawal, you might consider brushing up on your Dothraki while waiting to find …

Language

Roberto Bolaño’s 12 Tips on “the Art of Writing Short Stories”

For some certain romantic reasons, a segment of the English-language reading population fell in love with Roberto Bolaño in the first few years of …

Literature

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Literature

How Machiavellian are you? Take this test

A 15-minute, 100-question personality test, the Hexaco Personality Inventory, is said to be able to determine how manipulative, dishonest and unethical you are in real-life situations<p>We all have moments when we act dishonestly, when our behaviour is not entirely ethical, and when we manipulate …

5 Books That Will Improve Your Writing

Remove the fanfare and most writing advice boils down to read more, write more, and get better feedback.<p>Let's talk about that first one. If writing is output, reading is often the most important input. You'll understand what makes Hemingway's writing exceptional (or overrated) by reading his books, …

30 Books You Need To Read Before You Turn 30

Some books are best read at a certain age. Even the novels and memoirs you might consider timeless -- Toni Morrison's <i>The Bluest Eye</i> or Joan Didion's <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i> -- can serve a special purpose if consumed during a particular phase in your life. That particular phase is, of course, …

Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro Talk Books, Storytelling, Dragons

<i>Neil Gaiman’s</i> New York Times <i>review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel began a debate about the borders between fantasy and literary fiction. For a</i> …

Books