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8 critical things successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years.<p>Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity to …

Photographer Greg Armfield on how he missed mating rhinos at Nairobi national park

It was amazing to see the comments roll in, from friends and strangers, saying, ‘I can’t believe you missed that, Greg’<p>Even people in my own office asked, “Did you really miss that?” On my Facebook page, I posted a few photos I took of the rhinos before this shot was taken, but the reality is that …

Wildlife

Best tours around the world: The 30 next great journeys

Discovery is what travel is all about. And nothing sparks like a new journey. Along with some places that have just opened to travellers – Iran, the …

The Bottom Line: 'The Vegetarian' By Han Kang

In Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian,' a clean eating obsession is a subversive act of self-reclamation.<p>Vegetarianism or, as the diet of the central character in Han Kang’s <i>The Vegetarian</i> could more specifically be described, veganism, has lost the power to shock ― at least among American coastal …

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Bisexuality and Promiscuity in Fact and Fiction

When I began thinking about the bisexuality theme in my new novel, I realized that I had a lot of gay friends but none of them identified as bisexual. Through a friend of a friend I met a young openly bisexual woman who agreed to talk with me. I learned a lot that day, but the most powerful insight …

A Big-Hearted Sci-Fi Treasure Hunt and a Rollicking Love Letter to the '80s

By Meredith Vilarello | Off the Shelf<p>When I was a kid, on Friday afternoons my dad would always take me to our local Blockbuster video store (remember those?), where I was allowed to rent one movie and one video game for the weekend. Although picking just one game was serious business to my …

Muses: Falling in Love Through Poetry

His poetry saved my life.<p>I first saw slam-o's mysterious poetic aphorisms in downtown Philadelphia four years ago. They appeared when I started working as a stand-in for a lead actress on a television show. On my way to work, it stopped me:<p>I considered taking the poem home with me. After all, it …

What 'Harry Potter' Taught Me About Trauma

When I was in the 8th grade, Harry Potter and I were the same age.<p>My English teacher was the one to introduce the books to us, predicting, rightfully, that they were about to take the hell off.<p>"Here is something you can grow with," she said, standing in front of the class, holding the muted purple …

Books

10 Reasons You Should Write a Children's Book in 2016

A decade ago, I was dating a physician. He was a nice guy, but I knew the relationship was doomed the night he asked: "So, when are you going to write a <i>grown-up</i> book?"<p>I laughed, unsure how to answer. But as I was driving home, I realized what I should have said: <i>"Do people ask pediatricians that?</i> …

Writing

Christopher Isherwood: 10 best quotes

<b>Christopher Isherwood</b>, who died on 4 January 1986 in California, aged 81, was one of the key literary figures of prewar Britain.<p>Isherwood published his first novel, All the Conspirators, when he was 24, but made his name with the three avante-garde plays (partly in verse and partly in prose) that …

Sorry, But Cinderella's Glass Slippers Would've Shattered

Also, spoiler alert, magic owls are magic.<p>While Cinderella would have been able to stand in those sparkling glass slippers, she would have almost certainly ended up with a sliced foot the moment she tried to run away from Prince Charming.<p>That's according to physics students at the University of …

Dickensian: how fictional characters become real in our minds

Are characters from novels more than mere squiggles of ink? James Walton surveys the evidence<p>By my calculations, any literary purists watching BBC One’s Dickensian will have suffered their first fit of apoplexy approximately two minutes into the opening episode. “Morning, Mr Marley,” said a woman …

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Well I did it. I wrote a book. I sold a book. I am a published author. The day my book came out was one of the highlights of my life. My facebook blew up! I had like 22 comments. WOOT! WOOT! I realized this was the beginning of a new life. I knew that by the end of the next week, I would probably …

A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing Your First Book in 100 Days

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's on a lot of people's bucket lists, along with "go to space” or “walk through Central Park naked.” Okay, maybe that’s just <i>my</i> bucket list.<p>But my guess is, somewhere on your list too is the desire to write a book. I also know that the …

11 Simple Habits That Will Help You Get Ahead In Your Career

Want more from your career? Adopt these habits.<p>Some people harbor the belief that getting ahead in your career is a matter of luck or of having the right connections. It's not. The people who are "lucky" are the ones who have prepared, day in and day out, and were ready when opportunity arrived. …

This documentary is a lesson in judging a book by its cover

Don’t let the nickname fool you: New York native Lucky Torres (née Waleska Torres Ruiz) has <i>really</i> had it rough. A headstrong kid brought up in the state’s crippled foster care system, Lucky did lots of bouncing around between juvenile detention centres, group homes and mental health facilities. Her …

What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

A funny thing about authors: they're not a modest bunch. Even the most humble, down-to-earth authors I know have wild expectations about the potential their book has to be a best-seller; to earn out; to change their life. I get it. A lot of authors pin their dreams on their books, and there's …

I'm 23 and I don't date—here's why

I constantly get asked the dreaded question: “How is your love life going?” My uncles, who were all married at age 20, would ask me about any …

Relationships

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

This Is What It's Like To Live With Schizophrenia

Three people with schizophrenia share their stories.<p><i>Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling — but treatable — brain disorder affecting more than 21 million people worldwide. Of those people, only half receive treatment. Symptoms, which usually begin between ages 16 and 30, primarily include</i> …

Mental Health

Smartphones to Disappear in 5 Years, Says Study

A piece of research by Ericsson says we're hurtling toward artificial intelligence doing it all. Can this be possible?<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Show your iPhone 6 some extra love tonight.<p>Stroke your Samsung Galaxy and …

Short Story Shortcuts: 4 Techniques For Making A Big Impact In Few Words - Writer's Relief, Inc.

To successfully write short fiction, you need to make a big impact in as few words as possible. So every choice you make as an author needs to be …

15 Books You Should Have Read in 2014

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything, and that’s especially true of reading. With so many amazing new books coming out every year, it can be hard to keep up with them all. In honor of National Readathon Day tomorrow, we’re revisiting 15 of our favorite books from 2014 that …

6 Children's Books That Are Just As Amazing Now As When You Were A Kid

A book that you love as a child will likely loom particularly large in your imagination throughout your life. You read it at a time when everything was fresh and fascinating, and when your mind was new and impressionable.<p>Though you may never forget these youthful favorites, many of them don’t stand …

The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing

The author Reif Larsen says Joseph Conrad and Anselm Kiefer taught him how to practice omission without infuriating his readers.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …

Ten dead people to follow on Twitter

In the latest in a series of Twitter recommendations, James Manning endorses 10 dead people worthy of a follow<p>Twitter isn't solely the preserve of living beings. Here, in no particular order, are ten dead people to follow on Twitter - that is to say, people tweeting from beyond the grave, as …

Summer reading guide: The 136 books you'll want to read

Another summer, another chance to draw up the perfect reading list to see you through those languid, sun-drenched days. Whether you’re stretched out by the pool or nestled in a coffee shop, clutching a hardcover, paperback or e-book, we’ve got more than enough titles to keep you reading through …

Best Books of 2015: Best of the Best-of Lists - WSJ.com

Best Books of 2015 Best of the Best-of Lists<p>A compilation of books cited on multiple year-end lists<p>Published Dec. 8, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET<p>Your Friend’s Reading List<p>We've loaded your friend's reading list here. These books were part of The Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015 compilation.<p>Clear …

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