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A ‘death star’ is headed straight for our solar system and it’s bad news for humanity

Planet Earth is doomed to face a terrifying encounter with a rogue ‘death star’, scientists have warned.<p>Two astronomers from the University of Madrid …

Astronomy

Get Up to $30,000 for Your Next Narrative Short with SHIFT's New Grant Program

Grants this generous for narrative shorts are few and far between.<p>If you've got a narrative short in pre-production and are stressing out how to find …

Filmmaking

6 awesome campsites within about an hour of Los Angeles

From the coast to the mountains<p>One of Los Angeles’s best attributes is that it has mountains, beaches, and deserts all relatively close to its hardcore urban zones.<p>It is sometimes easy to forget just how close those resources are, so to nudge would-be travelers into taking advantage of them, we've …

RVs

Bad habits you must immediately break to improve your life in the next 100 days

Habits define us. And nothing sabotages your creativity and productive life quite like bad habits. In the words of <b>Samuel Johnson</b> “The chains of habit …

Self-improvement

Edward Gorey’s Illustrated Covers for Literary Classics

Between 1953 and 1960, before he was a household name as the master of the cutely macabre, Edward Gorey worked as a book designer and illustrator for …

Books

Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s

Once upon a time there was a London vintage clothing boutique that lured customers inside with the slogan, “Don’t follow fashion, buy something that’s already out-of-date!” Some musicians opt for a similar strategy: Avoiding the timely, they aim to achieve the timeless.<p>That’s what Boards of Canada …

The Book that Helped Aaron Sorkin Write His First Screenplay and Understand Screenwriting

During a masterclass at TIFF, Aaron Sorkin talks about his beginning as a screenwriter and the one book that helped him translate his play “A Few …

15 Things You Must Own Before You Invite a Woman Over

Paper towels are not coffee filters.<p>So no one told you life was gonna be this way, but now you’re here and we’re telling you: Life is this way. You can’t live by your twentysomething dorm-life values forever—at least, not if you plan to get laid. To show visitors to your home that you are a legit …

Darren Aronofsky Delivers His Ten Commandments of Indie Filmmaking

The visionary director's SXSW keynote was a wide-ranging masterclass on the art of making movies, pushing filmmakers to bring their unique visions to …

Filmmaking

10 “Notes to Self” We Need to Read 10 Times a Day Until They Sink In

<i>Happiness doesn’t start with a relationship, a vacation, a job, or money. It starts with our thinking and what you tell ourselves every day.</i>The best …

Happiness

11 of the best books you can read in a week

If you want to emulate some of the most successful people in the world, you can start by reading books — lots of them.<p>From Elon Musk to Mark Cuban to Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful innovators in the world all read several hours a day.<p>But starting a new book can be a daunting task if you don't …

Guillermo del Toro Picks 11 Criterion Collection Movies You Need to See

Del Toro recommends classics from the Coen brothers, Jean Cocteau, and Alfred Hitchcock.<p>Guillermo del Toro may be one of the world’s most beloved …

Quincy Jones claims he dated Ivanka Trump, knows real killer of JFK and calls Beatles 'worst musicians in world'

Quincy Jones has claimed he once dated Ivanka Trump, in an extraordinary interview in which the music producer said he knew who really killed John F Kennedy.<p>The 84-year-old also took a swipe at a range of figures in the music world, from longtime collaborator Michael Jackson to The Beatles.<p>Claiming …

Donald Trump

This Guy Paints the Sex He Allegedly Has with Aliens

When he was 17, David Huggins says he lost his virginity to an extraterrestrial.<p>Losing your virginity is supposed to be memorable. Most people look back on the act with affection and, probably, a little embarrassment. But David Huggins says the first time he had sex was more—er, out of this …

Vonnegut's 8 Rules for the Short Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or …

Kurt Vonnegut

After 45 Birthdays, Here Are '12 Rules for Life'

Don't lose friends over politics. Don't lose a spouse over pickles.<p>Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Somewhere in eighth grade, many of us acquired the idea that the nasty putdown, the superior smile, the clever one liner, are the signs of intelligence and great personal strength. But this kind …

Potatoes

The heart of Lady Bird is an old Dave Matthews song about jacking off

<i>The following article divulges major plot details from</i> Lady Bird.<p>In 2002, when <i>Lady Bird</i> is set, the Dave Matthews Band’s erotic ballad “Crash Into …

Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing

Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors<p>Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

Literature

Flashback: forgotten Japanese anime a hallucinatory erotic masterpiece | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Japanese animation has long borrow­ed from Western sources, directly and indirectly. One of the more outré West-to-East anime produc­tions is …

First Draft: Here Are 20 of the Hottest Public Domain Properties For Screenwriters

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.Hollywood has been …

Writing

Jerry Seinfeld's Secret to Being More Productive and Healthier, In Just 4 Words | Inc.com

Whether you're looking to improve your health, wealth, creativity, or transform your year-- Jerry Seinfeld's rise as a comedian can provide a valuable blueprint to achieving your goal.<p>Jerry Seinfeld is a legend to the comedic world and is also part of one of the most successful shows in history. …

Procrastination

The Enduring Legacy of Eartha Kitt, a Subversive Icon Targeted by the CIA

The "Santa Baby" singer was so much more than a captivating entertainer—she was also an international political provocateur whose career was nearly ruined after she condemned the Vietnam War.<p>Whenever “Santa Baby” comes on at a holiday party or in a group setting, it is of vital importance that …

Photos: The architectural mastery of Ethiopia’s ancient churches

Ethiopia is legendary for its medieval, rock-hewn churches, the cruciform and colorful frescoes of which have attracted tourists from across the world. The ancient kingdom of Abyssinia, which we now know as modern-day Ethiopia and Eritrea, was probably the site of the first Christian nation, and …

Archaeology

Thanos Creator Cuts Ties With Marvel Comics After Clashing With Editor

"I am moving on," says Jim Starlin, who was penning a trilogy of graphic novels.<p>Ahead of the character’s time in the cinematic spotlight in next …

MIT just created living plants that glow like a lamp, and could grow glowing trees to replace streetlights

The modern world has been reinventing our relationship with energy for some time now. Cars are turning away from fossil fuels and relying ever more …

20 stunning photos of unreal landscapes, incredible animals, and mesmerizing underwater scenes

Judges chose winners and honorable mentions from 11,000 entries. The four different catagories included: aerials, landscapes, wildlife, and underwater — and a people's choice award was also announced within each.<p>The grand-prize winning photo of an orangutan crossing a river, taken by Jayaprakash …

10 Unsolved Mysteries That Confound The Art World

The more we learn about great art and its creators, the more mysteries we uncover. Sometimes, these mysteries are more convoluted and salacious than …

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

For a chaotic year, I'm offering a chaotic "Best Books" list — but I think my list is chaotic in a good sense. These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived.<p>You can't go wrong with any of these books. As one of Dashiell Hammett's dangerous …

Books

What your daily routine should look like, according to science

Wondering if it's better to workout in the morning or at night? Whether that multivitamin you pop every morning does anything? Or perhaps how long you need to workout to start to see results?<p>As it turns out, scientists have been looking for answers to these questions too.<p>You can use their answers …