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Vonnegut's 8 Rules for the Short Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or …

Kurt Vonnegut

100 Books Amazon Thinks You Should Read Before You Die

If your New Year's resolution is to read more in 2018 but don't know where to start, Amazon editors have got you covered. They've put together a list …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

50 essential books about New York City

Curbed editors and NYC experts picked their favorites<p>There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books about New York City—broad overviews of its history, deep dives into topics like gentrification or architecture, novels that capture a particular moment in time, the list goes on. And in coming up …

86-year-old James Ward Lee's first novel is a faux-memoir semi-Western that charms and surprises

James Ward Lee, he of the upper rings of academe and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame — is also one of a small circle of people I'm acquainted with to …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

Writing

Jane Fonda targets Trump over climate and inequality: 'A boy in the bully pulpit'

Actor says her biggest fear about the incoming administration is Trump’s pick to lead the EPA – and she is ready to do ‘whatever it takes’ to fight back<p>The screen legend and activist Jane Fonda said she’s prepared to do “whatever I need to do” to counter a Donald Trump administration, and called …

Introducing Jane Eyre, the Next Selection for A Year of Great Books

<i>This article is part of A Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy. To learn more, read Laura Miller’s introduction to the series, or visit</i> …

Literature

5 Secrets for Daily Joy, Backed by Research

We all wanna be happier, right?<p>Thing is, depression is at epic levels. More people are unhappy and they’re getting miserable at an even younger …

White America’s toxic ignorance: Abigail Fisher, Antonin Scalia and the real privilege that goes unspoken

<b>FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012, file photo, Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, accompanied by her attorney Bert Rein, talks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Consideration of race in college admissions is again in line of fire at</b> …

What’s the secret of good writing?

If you find yourself procrastinating, or stifled by panic, or writer’s block, I can reveal that the solution to your troubles is…<p>I first encountered Robert Boice’s name about three years ago, somewhere online; after that, it started popping up every other month. Boice, I learned, was a US …

Malia Obama gets holiday job on set of Girls

Barack Obama's daughter works with Lena Dunham, one of America's brightest young comedy talents, on location in Brooklyn<p>Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia has found herself a summer job, working as an intern on the set of Girls – one of America's hottest and raunchiest television shows.<p>She was …

The 20 books you’ll be reading – and talking about – for the rest of the year

<b>Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, July 14</b><p>How does a writer follow up one of the most beloved books of all time? Released in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird is a deeply felt and beautifully told story of childhood, family, race, and friendship. Most everyone figured Harper Lee would never publish another …

50 Extraordinary Fashion Photographs Taken by Louise Dahl-Wolfe From Between the 1930s and 1950s

As a staff photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, Louise Dahl-Wolfe introduced a witty naturalism to the staid conventions of fashion photography and …

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

by Joe BuntingIf you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than …

Everything you always wanted to know about the U.N. climate talks

<i>Editor’s note: 2015 is shaping up to be a pivotal year with respect to climate change as growing concern about impacts converges with a critical</i> …

Climate

DOJ, Cleveland Police Agree To Unprecedented Police Accountability Reforms

Cleveland, Ohio – A slew of unprecedented regulations for police in Cleveland was just announced by United States Attorney Steven Dettelbach that …

Watch This Rare, Recently Surfaced Obama Speech From 1995

As a recent graduate of Harvard Law, Obama discussed his childhood and race in America. He also read a passage from Dreams From My Father and performed a series of impersonations.<p>In March, a video of the 34-year-old Barack Obama surfaced on YouTube. It contains footage of an appearance he made at …

Mad Men : Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few."-- Shunryu Suzuki<i>Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind</i><p><i>Mad Men</i> is over. Yet life goes on for its characters. This is not at all what a great many critics and fans expected, especially for the show's relatively …

‘The police didn’t see Deen as a victim despite blood pouring out of his head’

One August evening, in Brue Close, a housing estate in Weston-super-Mare, police and emergency services were called to No 39. Two police cars, a police van, a dog and several officers arrived. They saw a crowd of hostile white adults, “an angry mob” and a middle-aged black man standing in his front …

Matthew Weiner Reveals Whether Don Wrote the Mad Men Finale-Closing Coke Ad

While perhaps not as ambiguous as the cut-to-black ending of <i>The Sopranos</i>, the last scene of <i>Mad Men</i> certainly left things open to interpretation, and likely resulted in some frantic clarity-seeking texting with your friends. The ending featured—<b>spoiler alert</b> here, for the three of you who haven’t …

Crime writer Minette Walters: ‘I’ve done a lot of research into what makes a psychopath’

Good crime fiction avoids making too much of coincidence, and it is merely sad chance that the two most revered figures of recent English mystery writing – PD James and Ruth Rendell – should have died within six months. The sudden double absence, though, unavoidably feels like the end of an era and …

Did Orson Welles peak too soon?

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including why there are so many bad Holocaust novels and why modern art is easier to understand than modern literature.<p><b>Literature</b> | The age of bad Holocaust novels<br>The greatest post-war novelists have not dared a Holocaust novel. The next best have done it …

10 powerful Toni Morrison quotes on race, love and life

Toni Morrison is one of the greatest living writers ever to lay pen to paper.<p>She's won a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and a Nobel Prize, …

How a 'General Hospital' Star and Three Other Hollywood Veterans Began Swapping Stories (and Busting Balls) Every Morning

"This is the table of hooligans," says Stuart Damon of his weekday get-togethers with Mickey Callan, Bridget Hanley Swackhamer and David Kramer at …

This Woman Started The First Native American Fashion Magazine

As a teen, founder Kelly Holmes wondered "if a magazine could exist that had Native American models and makeup tutorials that matched our skin tone.” Four years later, she created Native Max magazine.<p>"People looked at me like a zoo animal," Holmes, now 24, said about her teenage years.<p>She started …

Slow fashion brands work to put the brakes on disposable fast fashion

Fast fashion is getting its comeuppance with a surge of interest in its opposite, slow fashion.<p>Fast fashion is the promotion of high-volume, low-quality, super-trendy clothes meant to be purchased and worn just a few times, while the cycle quickly repeats. In contrast, the slow fashion ethos reacts …

2015 Pulitzer Photographers Captured Ebola in Africa and Anger in Ferguson

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today, and the photographers that were awarded with journalism’s highest honor were freelance …