Nikki Bales

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Angelina Jolie Speaks Out About the Shocking Extent of Sexual War Crimes

"It's a violent, brutal, terrorizing weapon."<p>Speaking at the UK House of Lords as part of a committee on sexual violence in war,Angelina Jolie described the shocking ways that ISIS is using sexual violence as a "dehumanizing weapon," specifically detailing the horrific atrocities against girls as …

A federal higher education advocate explains why college textbooks are so expensive — and what we can do to change that

It's back-to-school season, which means you'll probably confront the inevitable course syllabus requiring you to buy a Calculus or Psychology 101 textbook. You might shell out $300 or $400 dollars at the beginning of the semester and sell it back at the end of the year for practically nothing. …

Higher Education

Doctor Who rescued me from an airless literary world

Writing a story about the Time Lord alongside a novel for grownups was a refreshing reminder of the joys of imagination<p>As some of you may know, a few weeks ago a Doctor Who novel of mine saw the light of day. If you’re not a Whovian, or were unaware that the characters have a fictional life away …

San Francisco Bay Area

Let yourself cry: Jennifer Niven's inspirational top writing tips

The author of All The Bright Places put together this powerful writing advice with her mum, who always wrote even in the saddest times, to offer inspiration for every occasion and so here presents… A Niven guide to writing<p>Find out more about All The Bright Places and why you should enter the …

Creative Writing

The Way These Badass Feminists Protest Photoshop Will Absolutely Inspire You

"Real women can be whatever the f*ck they are."<p>Reminiscent of those Dove videos that give you all the feels, a new video titled "Feminists vs. Photoshop" features a bunch of badass women of all shapes and sizes showing of their amazing, un-retouched bodies.<p>The video isn't as …

Cumberbacchanalia: A Preview Night With Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet

<i>Author's disclaimer</i>: before you pounce on me with outraged shrieks for "reviewing" a preview, these are my impressions from the preview of 11 August. The new production of <i>Hamlet</i> at the Barbican Centre, London, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Dane, opens August 25. Proper reviews now ensue; …