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The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

10 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch

5. The Killing Fields (1984)<p>Set amid the chaotic, devastating tyranny of Pol Pot’s “Democratic Kampuchea”, Joffe’s 1984 British drama tells the story …

'When People Can See Time': Photographer Captures Day, Night In One Image

Of all of the arts, photography may be the discipline most accustomed to the nudge of technology, and photographer and artist Stephen Wilkes fully embraces the challenge. His latest project, "Day to Night," takes on the idea of showcasing, in one composite still image, the transformation of a place …

Flash Friday: Grandma's Sex Robot

Could you (or your nan) fall in love with a machine? This short story explores how far the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence could go<p>By William Hawkins for Flash Fridays by Tin House, part of the Guardian Books Network<p>Grandma calls her sex robot Sony. We tell her that’s just …

Lake Erie can get extremely violent and these are the photos to prove it

Lake Erie may be the warmest and shallowest of North America's Great Lakes, but it's more beast than beauty. The world's 12th largest lake is notoriously stormy and has been known to pound boats, break walls, and beaches with waves reaching 25 feet.<p>While gusts of wind over 50 miles per hour might …

Lake Erie

9 powerful habits to develop in 2016

Success is also subjective; if one chooses to live within one's means and owes no debts, he or she may consider him- or herself successful, whereas another may see success in the numbers in their bank account.<p>Regardless of the definition, when we think of successful people, what attributes …

Success

Clay Benskin: The Mind of a New York Street Photographer

<i>All images by Clay Benskin. Used with permission.</i><p>For a number of years now, I’ve tried to secure an interview with one specific photographer: Clay …

The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015

2015 has been a truly great year for fantasy, with a number of stunning debuts, startlingly original standalones, and excellent new installments in beloved series.<p>Hawkins' fantastic debut novel <i>The Library at Mount Char</i> is the story of a deeply strange, highly unsettling family—the likes of which …

How to Shoot Golden Hour Portraits with No Sun (and a Powerful Flash)

What happens if your portrait clients request golden hour lighting… outside of golden hour? That’s the situation photographer Pye Jirsa of Lin & …

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015

A year in which Kim Stanley Robinson took us beyond the stars in Aurora and David Mitchell embraced his inner geek in Slade House<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>As per that …

Science Fiction

How To Photograph The Female Face – Portrait Photography

Whether it’s a wife, girlfriend, daughter or even a complete stranger – when you photograph a female’s face, she expects you to make her look …

Photography

How Many of These 51 Spiritual Awakening Symptoms do YOU Have?

<b>1. Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night.</b><p>Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during …

International Men's Day: the manliest holidays

In case you hadn't noticed, today is International Men's Day. Obviously.<p>To mark this momentous occasion, we've selected a number of macho getaways suited for men who want to be men and do manly things as a man.<p>1. For the hunter-gatherer<p>A trip to 7th Rise in Truro, Cornwall, offers the ultimate …

Climbing

Celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell inks strangers for free – but there’s a catch

Scott Campbell, who has tattooed a host of A-list celebrities, tattoos members of the public for free<p>A world-renowned tattoo artist has inked random members of the public for free – but there was just a slight catch.<p>Scott Campbell, who has tattooed the likes of Marc Jacobs, Sting and Robert Downey …

Vivid photos capture cows getting pampered during Hindu holiday

Nepalese hindus decorated and worshipped cows this week on the third day of Tihar, called Gai Puja or "Cow Worship Day."<p>Cows are considered to be the …

Peter Magubane's best photograph: a girl and her maid on a 'Europeans only' bench

‘The police once broke my nose when I refused to destroy my images. I was sent to solitary for 586 days’<p>Working as a black photographer in apartheid South Africa was not easy. You had to always know where you were and who was around you. If the police were there, you couldn’t take photos – and the …

Africa

Umberto Eco: ‘Real literature is about losers’

In his only UK public appearance to mark publication of his new novel, Numero Zero, the Italian novelist explored the nature of conspiracies and why great characters are never successful<p>Since the publication in 1980 of his first novel, The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco’s work has come to be defined …

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This PSD Reveals What Every Photoshop Adjustment Layer Does via Curves

Want to see what Photoshop’s adjustment layers are actually doing to your photos in terms of curves? There’s an easy new way to do so.<p>Los …

6 Photographers Asked to Shoot Portraits of 1 Man… With a Twist

Canon recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of perspective in portrait photography. They enlisted the help of 6 photographers and …

Writing Remedy: How to Breathe Life Into One-Dimensional Characters

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>The plot to your story is tight and clever, your setting is realistic and complete, but (uh-oh!) your characters are flat and lifeless. Nothing kills a great story faster than one-dimensional characters. Your writing needs emergency first aid... STAT!<p>Thankfully, there are a …

Creative Writing

Man Recreates Homer Simpson Pigging Out on Couch: Watch the Funny Video!

But where are the doughnuts!? Super-fan <b>Caolan McArthur</b> just one-upped <i>Simpsons</i> diehards everywhere. The Colorado resident recently imitated the beer …

Photographer takes incredible photos of “frozen” waves

RAY COLLINS IS A COAL MINER in Bulli, Australia, and at the end of his shift, to wash off the grime of the mines, he goes into the ocean and surfs. …

Photography

New Christoph Neimann Illustrations Incorporating Ordinary Objects That Complete the Intended Image

Artist Christoph Neimann (previously) has added new work into his Sunday Sketching project which incorporates ordinary objects such as socks, …

National Parks Road Trip: Utah

Travel<p>Discover the Road to Mighty: Zion > Bryce Canyon > Capitol Reef > Arches > Canyonlands<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> McCarran International, Las Vegas<p>This multiday adventure on remote byways is a journey through the slickrock heart of the American West, linking Utah’s "Mighty Five" national parks—Zion, …

Syrian girl's 'surrender' to photographer caught in heartbreaking image

A little girl stands in a refugee camp, hands raised in surrender, a look of fear on her face.<p>The photo of four-year-old Hudea has quickly become a …

Tag: Bedrooms

Before & After: A French-Inflected Townhouse Renovation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn<p>by Alexa Hotz<p>Steal This Look: A Loft Bedroom with Colorful Accents …

6 Obstacles Keeping You From Pursuing Your Passion (and How to Overcome Them)

You have something to say — a story to tell, emotions to stir, imaginations to captivate. But there are obstacles that stand in the way of your …