Keith Magill

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Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light

“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. …

Black History

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

The 50 most commonly assigned works of literature at top US colleges

US students are starting their summer vacation, which means a brief respite from stacks of required reading. For college kids, that’s three months without any Sophocles, Milton, or Woolf.<p>The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an online database with 1 million university curricula collected by scraping …

Literature

Everything Stephen King Thinks You Need To Know About Writing

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our generation. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and if nobody has told you yet, …

Creative Writing

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless

Back in 1999, Google hit 1bn searches a year. Wifi began to make an impact about two years later. Thanks to the pioneers of Facebook and Twitter, the age of mass social media dawned between 2004 and 2006 – and non-stop posting, messaging and following was soon enabled by the iPhone, launched in …

Artificial Intelligence

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

Yoga

The literary establishment may have detested him, but Tom Wolfe elevated journalism to literature

A biographer of the journalist and writer who died on May 14 looks back at the life of the literary giant.<p>In 20th-century popular culture, …

Literature

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

How our brains lead us into echo chambers that promote racism and sexism

Both the American Dialect Society and Collins Dictionary named “fake news” as its word of the year for 2017. It’s a term that wasn’t part of the popular lexicon even 18 short months ago, but fake news has spread like a deadly infection.<p>One of the runners-up for word of the year was “echo chamber,” …

Critical Thinking

Dwane Casey, NBA Coach of the Year, Was Fired. His Response Is a Genius Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Dwane Casey just role-modeled high-level emotional intelligence. His response to his firing will inspire you to up your game, too.<p>As the great Norm Peterson of <i>Cheers</i> fame once said, "It's a dog-eat-dog world and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear." That's how Dwane Casey must have felt last week.<p>In a …

Leadership

How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing

We need to edit our own writing — even if we have real editors — but we don’t have to take all day on it.Ideally, behind every great writer is an …

Writing

Success in America has nothing to do with hard work — and we're in the middle of a 'war on normal people'

<i>The below is an excerpt from "The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income is Our Future" by Andrew Yang.</i><p>I recently had dinner with a friend of mine who works for a real estate investment firm. We met at a Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. …

Universal Basic Income

What's the Difference Between Magma and Lava?

And why do some volcanoes explode and others only ooze? It all comes down to their gooey centers.<p>Hawaii's Kilauea volcano keeps erupting with syrupy lava flows, serving as a fiery reminder of nature's destructive power. But as the ongoing eruption captures headlines, a question might occur to you: …

Geology

The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News”

In the margins of his copy of Condorcet’s treatise <i>Outlines of an Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind</i>, President John Adams scribbled a …

Journalism

This One Quote From LeBron James Could Change Your Life (Seriously)

After a game-winning shot, LeBron James explained how to find success. Will you follow his advice?<p>It's known as an <i>unguardable shot</i> in the NBA.<p>Over the weekend, basketball superstar LeBron James shed a little light on why it might also reveal a life lesson for those who are struggling to succeed or …

Basketball

Writing: A skill to be learned or an innate talent?

What does the science say about becoming a natural writer?Can you become a natural writer?Is writing a skill one is born with? Or is it a skill to be …

Self-improvement

Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted

One hundred and sixty years ago, at a time when the light bulb was not yet invented, Karl Marx predicted that robots would replace humans in the workplace.<p>“[O]nce adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labor passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the …

Karl Marx

How to write a captivating short story

<i>Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, reviews and more!</i>Whether a successful published novelist or a creative writing student, all writers …

Creative Writing

The generation gap is back – but not as we know it

For a while there, in the first part of the new millennium, the generation gap was pretty much assumed to be dead.<p>People in their 40s shopped in the same clothing stores as people in their 20s, and listened to the same sort of music.<p>If you were on the left, you all cheered for Obama, and everyone …

Feminism

How to lead with influence instead of authority

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring …

Gig Economy

You'll Spend 80% of Your Retirement Money on These 5 Things. Here's How to Save on Them

70% of people are missing out on a chance to save on healthcare costs.<p>If you're retired, you need to be smart about how you spend your money. To do …

Donald Trump Takes Out Paul Ryan, and ‘It’s Going to Be a Civil War’

Everything Trump touches dies, and the speaker’s legacy is no exception.<p>The news that Paul Ryan is retiring from Congress was received by grim-faced …

Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets

Relentless use of social media and partisan outlets helped him swamp Clinton and exceed Romney’s performance in places lacking trusted local news media.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and …

Journalism

14 Reasons You're Always Tired

Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don't do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can …

Sleep

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

6 new uses for your old iPad

Getting a new tablet? Before you sell the old one, consider putting to use in other ways.<p>If the arrival of Apple's latest iPad is tempting you to upgrade, you might be debating the fate of your old iPad.<p>Two options: keep or sell. The latter can net you some funds to help defray the cost of the new …

Cover Art

What Plot Is and What Plot Is Not

Plot is not memoir.Plot is not diary.Plot is not journal.Plot is not history.Plot is not dialogue.Plot is not essay.Plot is not philosophy.Plot is …

How the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Mirror the 1% They Cover

American journalism has long maintained a sort of egalitarian myth about itself. While our country’s free press requires no formal training or …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …