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Short Little Lessons in Logic: Operators

Lesson 9: OperatorsWhat you'll learn in this lesson:• How operators work on simple sentences<br>• Determining truth value of compound statements<br>• Challenges of …

What was the beguiling spell of Jung’s ‘collective unconscious’?

The first decades of the 20th century saw a raft of psychological terms fall into popular usage. Freudian notions of ‘denial’ and ‘displacement’, …

Søren Kierkegaard & Bertrand Russell

Top 10 experimental thrillers

In these risk-taking novels, by writers from Paul Auster to William Burroughs, watching the formal adventures can be as thrilling as the detective work<p>Gertrude Stein once said fiction that merely related events was no longer interesting in an age of ubiquitous mass media. But Stein remained …

Is Joseph Conrad the One Dead White Guy Worth Listening to?

Konrad Korzeniowski was born a landlocked Pole and went to sea. He traveled throughout Southeast Asia in an era of multicultural, racial, and …

Nation-Building

The Rise of Dystopian Fiction: From Soviet Dissidents to 70's Paranoia to Murakami

Charting the wild progress of literature’s genre-of-the-moment<p>George Orwell is back in vogue these days — a far cry from 2014, when <i>The Guardian</i> was …

Science Fiction

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 94 – Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1651)

Thomas Hobbes’s essay on the social contract is both a founding text of western thought and a masterpiece of wit and imagination<p>According to the 17th-century historian and gossip John Aubrey, Thomas Hobbes “was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men, he should have known no more than …

SPY Guide: The 13 Best Horror Novels of All Time

<b>* Some of the most recognized novels of all time</b> <b><br>* For those seeking fear and inventive dismay</b> <b><br>* All under $15 with 4-star ratings and above</b><p>These …

Horror

50 Great Narrative Nonfiction Books To Get On Your TBR List

Narrative nonfiction—also known as creative nonfiction or literary nonfiction—is usually defined as nonfiction that uses the techniques and style of …

Non-fiction

Start a Home-Based Editing Business With These 8 Steps

Do you have a strong opinion about the serial comma? Do typos and errors ruin a good article or book for you? If you’re good at finding problems in …

Writing

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Top 10

Here's a List of 100 Words Scientists Really Want You to Stop Misusing

I don't think it means what you think it means.<p>Without language, things between humans would get pretty confusing pretty fast. And even though the …

Short-Term Memory

Our favorite books of all time

4 Bland Character Problems and How to Fix Them

I’m working through a revision, and one of my main problems is the protagonist. My editor and a beta reader both suggested amping up her emotional …

The Ultimate 50 States Reading List

Join us on a reading road trip.<p>Explore the United States with this coast-to-coast reading list. We’ve compiled 50 books (and plays!) set in the 50 …

100 Great Works of Dystopian Fiction

We may or may not be living in a dystopian age, but we are certainly living in an age of dystopias. At every turn in a bookstore aisle, you’re …

38 Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.<p>1. INVARIABLY<p>If something happens invariably, it …

Style Guides

9 misunderstood words—and how to use them

How often do you spot words that are used improperly?<p>Maybe it’s “home” instead of “hone” or “less” when “fewer” would be correct. Usage mistakes are …

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language

10 Chilling Fiction Books Inspired By Terrifying True Stories

As all book-lovers know, authors will find inspiration for their work anywhere and everywhere — inventing stories from their own imaginations, basing …

Language Wars: 10 Novels Where Words Change the World

Karin Tidbeck<p>At the beginning of Karin Tidbeck’s novel, <i>Amatka</i>, her protagonist is in an archetypally science fictional situation: venturing to a distant colony at some point in the future to report on conditions there. Initially, the beats of the story are familiar: She’s charmed by this strange …

Books

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

Five Books About The Making of a Dystopia

It seems that some writers set up dystopian environments with the express aim of fixing them by the end of the book (or series). This is particularly …

Literature

6 Ways to Write a Bestseller (And Build Your Brand)

Nothing will build your brand quite like a successful book.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about building your brand, what comes to mind? Flashy graphics? A gripping mission statement? Social media followers?<p><b>Related: A Simple 4-Step Process for Writing</b> …

How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher

You have finished writing the first draft of your story, a version of your whole story from beginning to end. Now it is time to edit, to revise your …