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Flow, a new static type checker for JavaScript

Today we’re excited to release an early version of Flow, a new open-source static type checker for JavaScript. Flow adds static typing to JavaScript …

75 Books Every Writer Should Read

Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is …

The Novelist's iPad: 10 Apps for Writers

The iPad's many uses include turntable, toddler flypaper, and bird catapult. But when you couple it with an external keyboard, it turns into a surprisingly versatile writing machine. Most writers are easily distracted; trying out just one more app often sounds better than slogging through your …

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The Gender Book Is a Clear, In-Depth Look at Gender Theory

I first heard about <i>The Gender Book</i> when a friend shared with me a BuzzFeed article announcing its creation earlier this year.<p>"So, what do you think? Is this good? Bad?" she asked, curious as to whether I viewed the project in a positive light (as I do the "Welcoming Our Transgender Family and …

Mobile game Assassin's Creed Pirates out today

Ubisoft today released Assassin's Creed Pirates, a mobile spin-off of the recent blockbuster Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game is available today on iOS and Android for $5.<p>Set in the year 1716 during the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, Assassin's Creed Pirates puts players into the …

GTA 5 and Dead Island's bloody torso called out for sexism

<i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> and <i>Dead Island: Riptide</i>'s bloody torso statue were among the ways the media "failed women in 2013," according to a video created by The Representation Group and titled <i>How the Media Failed Women in 2013.</i><p>The video has been picked up by media outlets like Time Magazine and serves as …

Heroes of Dragon Age now available on iOS and Android

<i>Heroes of Dragon Age</i>, the free-to-play strategy spin-off of BioWare's Dragon Age series, is available on iOS and Android today.<p>The app, which features collectible elements and allows players to build squads comprised of popular Dragon Age characters, is available to download for free on Google Play …

SXSW Gaming Awards deadline approaches for indie titles

Indie developers have 10 days left to submit their games for consideration at the inaugural SXSW Gaming Awards, the organizers of SXSW Interactive announced today.<p>SXSW 2014 will run from March 7-16, 2014, and feature the three-day SXSW Gaming Expo under the SXSW Interactive banner from March 7-9. …

Best mobile games of November 2013

Oceanhorn<p>Epoch 2<p>The Rivers of Alice<p>Super Lemonade Factory Part Two<p>Deemo<p>Zombitsu<p>Drive on Moscow<p>Lords of Waterdeep<p>Hatch<p>Darklings<p>Icycle: On Thin Ice<p>Out …

Humble Jumbo Bundle includes Garry’s Mod, Magicka and more

The Humble Jumbo Bundle is now available with six games at pay-what-you-want prices.<p>The bundle includes <i>Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2</i> and <i>Magicka</i> with downloadable content packs <i>Dungeons and Daemons</i> and <i>Vietnam</i>. Those who beat the average price (around $3.90 at the time of this post) will receive <i>Orcs</i> …

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Death of the Black-Haired Girl

<b>Characters</b> who have the misfortune of landing in a Robert Stone novel inevitably find themselves, through acts of their own free will, passing …

On Not Thinking Like a Writer, and Other News

By Sadie Stein November 26, 2013<p>“The artist must avoid thinking like a writer.” The letters of Cézanne.<p>“It isn’t only about droll or absurd situations, it’s about the language used to describe those situations.” Paul Auster on Samuel Beckett.<p>In honor of Umberto Eco’s <i>Legendary Lands</i>, maps of …

The New Classroom: A Vessel for Innovation

When people walk into my classroom -- renamed The Hive Society -- they aren't quite sure what they've entered. There are no textbooks, there is not one single desk, there are no stock motivational posters with children in neon eighties garb, no signs telling students to turn off their voices. …

10 Perfect Books to Cozy Up to As You Cook, Eat, and Drink This Thanksgiving

If you’re stuck indoors for the rest of this week due to family Thanksgiving obligations or fear of the storm that’s supposedly approaching — or …

I Found a Way to Enter: Diving Into Writing

It’s like a heartbeat, the opening bars of <b>Arcade Fire’s</b> “Reflektor” – the first song in the Canadian band’s new project, the one that sets the tone …

8 Things People Around The World Are Grateful For (PHOTOS)

In 2011, Anne Kubitsky began asking “What makes you grateful?” and invited people to write or draw on a postcard and mail it back to her. She placed the postcards in public places such as college cafeterias, post offices, parks, community centers, libraries and cafes. She eventually began getting …

How to Write a Monster Story

Everyone loves a good horror story. Try to write one, though, and you will quickly discover that it's not enough simply to create a monster. You must also create a reason for the monster to exist. Or, to quote the great Albert Camus, who would have turned 100 this year, "A character is never the …

These Are The Biggest Heartbreakers In Literature

There's nothing quite like the feeling of having your heart metaphorically ripped out of your chest. Whether it be unrequited love or a messy breakup, heartbreak can be absolutely unbearable.<p>Book characters fare no better than we do (in fact, they probably fare much worse). Though "Great …