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Creative Writing

Seven books to read before you start writing your own

A first-time author shares her reading list as she was preparing to write her novel.<p>“I never read a novel till I was 18,” Sunjeev Sahota, author of</i> …

These Types Of Hackers Are Driving Cyber Attacks Now

Screens go blank at a Ukrainian power provider. A hospital is reduced to pen and paper record keeping. These aren’t scenarios from the latest video …

The ugly truth behind those “cute baby bird” Internet memes

Birds are buying alligator protection using baby bird sacrifice.<p>Everybody loves a cute picture of a baby bird, which is why the Internet is packed …

An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment

You are the captains of American industry, the titans of Wall Street, and the billionaires who for decades have been the backbone of the Republican Party.<p>You've invested your millions in the GOP in order to get lower taxes, wider tax loopholes, bigger subsidies, more generous bailouts, less …

The Video That Stopped Me Dead, No, Startled Me Alive in My Tracks

<i>"The truth shall UPSET you free."</i><p>-- Swami Beyondananda<p>Every now and then something so graphic appears, that keys into an issue so profoundly that no further explanation is needed. Please watch this video now. It's about six and a half minutes long, and it will shock, and hopefully stir you to a new …

Beyond the “F**k-off Fund”: Even if you’re “bad with money,” you can take control of your finances for the long-term

Saving up enough money so you can walk off a soul-sucking job or leave a partner is the first step. Then what?<p>Last month, Paulette Perhach’s essay “A Story of a Fuck Off Fund” at the Billfold, which explored the ways not having any savings can keep us trapped in bad jobs and relationships, while …

Watch Yoshi Turn the Tables to Make Mario His 'B*tch'

Yoshi, the dinosaur mascot of Nintendo's most famous franchise, has everything that the Mario Bros. ever needed in a sidekick.<p>He's got an insane …

What Should I Do With My Newfound Money?

It happens several times in the lives of most adults. For some unexpected reason, you suddenly have more money than you had yesterday.<p>Maybe that …

Clever and Hilarious Illustrations Make Your Day

These simple but witty illustrations were created by talented artist Tango which can easily put a smile on your face. All those things happen in our …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

We talked to five experts about what it would take to actually institute Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals are gaining in popularity across the political spectrum. The measures would see governments hand a set monthly income to every single citizen within a country, either in addition to existing benefits or in place of them (depending on the details of the …

Good Enough: Dismantling the Myth of Self-Improvement

There's a theme that's been coming up in an awful lot of my conversations with friends lately: the idea that the things we're doing at present in our lives are somehow tantamount to 'finding' ourselves, or 'becoming' whatever it is that will enable us to live our most authentic lives.<p>In other …