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5 Epic Road Trips Across America

No mode of travel is more American than the road trip. It’s basically a national rite of passage. Dating back to Model T days, folks have been …

National Parks

A Scale Model Displays the Glory of Ancient Rome

Italian archeologist <b>Italo Gismondi</b> has spent over 35 years to reconstruct the huge model at a scale of <b>1:250</b> which shows the city of Rome in the 4th …

Italy

How plotting will make you a better writer

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been too keen on plotting. I was always concerned that it would take out the spontaneity of writing, something I truly …

Writing

Discovering Your Voice in Flash Fiction

What kind of story can you tell with just 100 words? Turns out, you can write stories that are complete with plot, written with care and still within …

Creative Writing

6 recent and upcoming myth-inspired novels you need to pick up

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Elise Chapman and Ellen Oh<p>This collection contains fifteen different short story that reinterprets the …

Books

Understanding premise and theme in stories

Certain creative writing lingo tends to cause confusion for many writers. Two words that are deeply embedded in this lingo are <i>premise</i> and <i>theme.</i> What …

Creative Writing

How You Can Drive All Over Europe for Less Than $30 a Day

During the year and a half I spent backpacking, I did a lot of weird shit to stretch my savings. But only once did I actually defy basic economics to …

National Lampoon

A 1980s study on juvenile crime in Japan sheds light on American gun culture

In 1982, John Beck—a strategy advisor and former business professor at Harvard and UCLA—was a 22-year-old Harvard student working on his thesis on juvenile crime in Japan. In the 1980s, Japan had seen an uncharacteristic increase in juvenile crime, which was associated with <i>bōsōzoku</i> <i>(暴走族)</i>, or biker …

Urban Excavation At Oxford University Reveals 800-Year-Old Artifacts Detailing The Life Of Medieval Students

The life of medieval students studying at the University of Oxford is currently being examined after a major excavation has revealed artifacts that …

Seven forbidden destinations: from a Chinese emperor’s tomb to islands inhabited by deadly snakes, places tourists can’t go | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Thrill-seeking sightseers have found their way to almost every corner of the planet, including some places they probably shouldn’t. But even the most …

Scientists staged a racist Olympics in 1904 to “prove” white superiority

But the participants of these “Anthropology Days” didn’t play along<p>Getting the Mbuti “Pygmies” to agree to participate in 1904’s racist …

The 11 most absurd Soviet-era buildings that are still standing

The 'Monument to the Revolution' built in Croatia (then Yugoslavia) is an abstract sculpture dedicated to the people of Moslavina during World War II.<p>…

UFOs

Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When an Iranian drone flew into Israeli airspace this month, it set off a rapid series of strikes and counterstrikes that deepened fears over whether a new, catastrophic war was brewing in the Middle East.<p>That flare-up ended quickly, if violently, with the drone destroyed and an …

Middle East

12 Unique Places In Italy To Visit (That You Wouldn’t Think Of)

It’s no surprise how much I relish a good Italian trip. I mean, it’s one of those countries that I could visit every week If I could (and I’m already …

Italy

Ten of the most romantic places in Scotland revealed in new tourism campaign

VisitScotland and advertising agencies McCann and Fifty Films have teamed up to encourage millennials from America to come to Scotland.<p>As Prince …

Secret sex manual banned for 250 years because it was so shocking has finally been discovered

A ' sex manual ' which was banned for nearly 250 years because of its racy advice and references to bestiality has been unearthed.<p>The illustrated …

10 Picturesque Towns In Northern France To Explore

<i>Featured header image by verrier.claude.</i><p>France isn’t a country that has incredible cities and towns in short supply. In fact, it’s almost unheard of …

European Travel

10 Genuine Alternatives To Cambodia's Tourist Traps

Swap Angkor Wat for Koh Ker<p>As Cambodia’s top tourist attraction, avoiding the crowds that flock to the main temples at Angkor Wat Archaeological Park …

How Chinese overseas students are learning harsh life lessons | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

When 22-year-old Langou Lian looks back at her decision to study in the United States, one influence sticks out: Disney Channel movie <i>High School</i> …

Which Northumberland castle was opened to the public for the first time 45 years ago?

We step back 45 years with this charming photograph of Prudhoe Castle in Northumberland.<p>In January 1973, it was being opened to the public for the …

These Chinese characteristic towns worth your visit

2018 China Characteristic Town Exposition will be held from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15 in Changsha, capital city of central China's Hunan Province. This is a …

China

14 beautiful ghost towns where you can now spend the night

Italy

Why should we subsidise writers who have lost the plot?

I’m not surprised sales of literary fiction are in decline – too many authors fail to engage their readers with any sort of story • Tim Lott is an author and journalist<p>Following the announcement from Arts Council England that sales of literary fiction are plummeting, it is suggested that arts …

Creative Writing

Writing advice from iconic authors

If your job involves writing in any way—or even if you just pen an occasional love note—it always pays to improve your skills.<p>There’s plenty of …

How To Get Reviews When You're Just Starting Out

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 73<p>You’ve written a seriously awesome book – it’s well researched, insightful, and compelling. Not only that, but …

7,500 people just banded together to buy a castle in France — and it's not too late to join them

If you've ever dreamed of owning a French chateau, you're not alone. On Friday, 7,500 internet users banded together to buy a crumbling castle in the South of France through crowdfunding.<p>Sadly for them, that doesn't mean they all get a room to crash in. Instead, for a minimum of 60 euros, each …

France

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Literature

Found: A Rare Carved Stone That Could Rewrite Art History

A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.”<p>In spring 2016, a team of archeologists from the University of Cincinnati was …

Archaeology

How Long Is Writing Supposed to Take?

<i>Some books take years to write, others months. Can we learn to accept the inefficiency and unpredictability of writing?</i>Photo: Cliff JohnsonI n 2010, …

Writing