Andrea Pronk-De Palm

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Is the 'Digital Nomad' Life as Good as It Sounds?

Nia Howard, a recent college graduate from California, seems comfortable living 8,000 miles from home with a group of complete strangers, many of them old enough to be her parents. Her daily existence near Canggu, Bali, which includes hikes through rice paddies, midday swims, and lots of tropical …

Hung Up

Better Writing Begins with the Right Tools

I have a theory that for writers, digital writing tools are just as influential as the mason’s choice of a particular compass or square.Historian Lon …

Writing

You Have To Work With the Love You Are Given: A Conversation with Tayari Jones

<i>Tayari Jones’s new novel</i> An American Marriage<i>, her fourth, does so many things extraordinarily well that it promises to become one of the big</i> …

This App Will Turn You Into a Grammar Wizard

Be a more productive writer in 2018 with Grammarly.<p>Save yourself from grammar-induced embarrassment and invest in a tool that will serve as your personal editor. Developed by linguists and language lovers, Grammarly Premium is an innovative writing app that examines and corrects hundreds of …

How To Practise Self-Care In 2018 For A Happier You

'To bloom, we need to nurture and nourish ourselves.'<p>Traditional New Year’s resolutions can often focus on physical health and fitness, but January …

Happiness

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein review – a life after deaths

Mary Shelley was born at 20 minutes to midnight on 30 August 1797, at the top of a house in the Polygon, Somers Town, an aspirational address before the arrival of the railway, after which it became a notorious London slum. A healthy baby, no sooner had she arrived than her mother, Mary …

Literature

Recipes for a Tidy and Tasty Death

Charles Lamb, the English essayist, hoped his last breath would be inhaled through a pipe and exhaled in a pun. We can’t all go out with such style. Two books are here to help us prepare.<p>In music terms, these books — Margareta Magnusson’s “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” and Perre Coleman …

Man Caves

28 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Fall

New books by Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and John Green, oh my!

Books

These Historical Fiction Novels Will Sweep You Away

As it turns out, you don’t need a TARDIS to travel through time. All it takes — pardon our cheesiness — is a library card. But it’s true: More than …

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

Books

What Is an Unreliable Narrator and How Can I Identify One?

How to Recognize and Create an Unreliable Narrator<p>Trust Issues With the Narrator Character<p>Updated November 10, 2017<p>In fiction, as in life, the …

Jane Austen’s six most-famous novels, summed up in 10 words each

Novels in a nutshell.<p><b>Sense and Sensibility (1811)</b><p>Girl falls for a cad, stands in rain, gets cold, almost dies. Her sister doesn’t say much.<p><b>Best …

Sarah Hall: ‘Short stories are a place for dark psychology’

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …

Books

I took a 40-day detox from social media—here’s what I learned

<i>In this first-person piece for Well+Good, Kelsey Patel, a multi-hyphenate healer, yogi, and entrepreneur—she owns Pure Barre Beverly Hills and</i> …

Why do we stay hooked on social media when it makes us feel like sh*t?

<b>I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve deleted my Instagram account in an attempt to rid myself of the low self-esteem I experience each time I</b> …

Weekend picks for book lovers: New Stephen King

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include <i>Gwendy’s Button Box</i>, <i></i>a Stephen King scare fest.<p><b>Gwendy’s Button Box</b> by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar; Cemetery Dance Publications, 180 pp.; fiction<p>King takes a trip back to Castle Rock in his new novella, a different sort …

Stephen King

How artificial intelligence optimizes recruitment

While we worry about artificial intelligence driving us into unemployment, a lot of job positions remain vacant and a large percentage of applicants never hear back from employers.<p>This is largely due to the inefficiency of the manual recruitment tools and processes, which make it extremely hard for …

Want to be a better writer? Try letting a robot tell you what to do

There’s a scene in <i>I, Robot</i><i>,</i> the 2004 Will Smith movie, in which Smith’s character, Detective Spooner, tries to get a robot to understand that it’s not human.<p>“Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?” he asks.<p>“Can you?” it replies.<p>This exchange typifies …

Machine Learning

The all-white manicure you’ll want to wear this spring

Traditionally, spring tends to conjure ideas of rejuvenation and reinvention. So, just as we pack away our cosy knits, the time has struck to refresh …

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson review – when Agatha went missing

In a real-life mystery as intriguing as the plots from her novels, Agatha Christie went missing for 10 days in the winter of 1926. To this day, no one really knows what she got up to, and literary biographer Andrew Wilson can’t resist the opportunity to use this fascinating set-up as a starting …

Books

Breast cancer indicators explained through lemons

The confusion over what to look and feel for when routinely checking breasts for signs of cancer is not unfamiliar. But a new campaign has recruited …

Paul Theroux's 6 favorite books

<b>The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West</b> (New Directions, $13).<p>The ultimate novel of Hollywood, written by a native (and the author of the masterpiece</i> …

Fitness Shape | Women's Health

Getty Images<p>Remember that sit-and-reach test from grade school? Or the timed mile? All kinds of dread! But you don't have to relive your childhood PE class to get a read on your current state of fitness. Our quick (and far more accurate) assessments will show you where you're truly at now—and how …

13 Deeply Depressing Books That Are Worth Reading Anyway

Most of the time, we read books as a way to escape our real lives for a few hours, and vanish into a magical world that's much more exciting than our …

Literature

Clinton and Patterson or Burroughs and Austen? Who'd be the best writing duo?

Book publishing is a gossip factory, and by the end of last week we had an idea that a Big Book Announcement was coming. Not only that, but that two “headline names” would be collaborating on a novel. Who exactly the Big Names were was being kept a tight secret, but that only encourages …

Books

James Patterson And How To Become A Bestselling Author Of Books

When we speak of bestsellers, we’re often referring to books that have sold fewer copies than one might think. By the estimation of award-winning …

Jami Attenberg: ‘I wanted to see if there were other happy endings for single women’

The US writer on epic plots, small moments and creating tricky, independent heroines<p>In her new novel, <i>All Grown Up</i>, Jami Attenberg has done what many long assumed to be impossible: she has coined a smart and original take on the single woman in a big city. Just when the shtick seemed hopelessly …

Books

Three Ways to Turn Down Work Projects Without Dodging Your Responsibilities

The benefits of saying yes to a new project are pretty obvious. It’s what a team player would say and it’s a way to demonstrate that you’re ready for …