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The 20 best albums of 2017 (so far)

<i>Rowdy country, political hip-hop, stunning R&B, and more: So far, 2017 has seen stellar new releases from megastars like Kendrick Lamar, Willie</i> …

17 Songs Guaranteed To Be Your Summer 2017 Anthem

Summer 2017 is officially a few short weeks away and there’s no better way to welcome the warm weather than with a playlist that has exactly what you’ll have on repeat these next few months. From the wide spectrum of hits courtesy of One Direction’s breakout solo careers to that Kendrick Lamar and …

Music

Capitalism 2.0: the economy of the future will be powered by neural lace

A battle for the "soul" of the global economy is underway. The next few decades will likely decide whether capitalism survives or is replaced with a …

5 Classic Records You Don't Own, But Should (IV)

In this fourth part of our ongoing <i>5 Classic Records You Don’t Own, But Should</i> series, it’s time to highlight five critically acclaimed but slept-on …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Followers Don’t See Their Leaders as Real People

Great leaders, especially in large organizations, aren’t really people. They’re mental images.<p>They may be flesh and blood to the senior team and the assistants in the C-suite, but to people in outer orbits, from operational departments to business units, they are imaginary constructs. Employees …

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

The entries were pulled from places like Obama’s summer reading lists, his childhood favorites, and recommendations made for his daughter, Malia. …

Books

10 Outstanding Short Stories To Read in 2017

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>I’ve been doing this …

Books

13 Of The Best Debut Novels Of 2016

This year I noticed something really cool was happening in literature — something that I can honestly say has never happened (at least to me) before: …

The 20 Best Albums Of 2016

2016 is one of those years that will live on in our memory like a lingering bruise. Blueish and purple feelings dominated a year that exposed some of the worst tendencies in our communities, our friends and family members, and yes, even ourselves. 2016 was the year I looked myself in the mirror and …

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

8 Long Books That Are Worth Your Time

Commence sustained silent reading.<p>Long reads can sometimes be intimidating. But don't worry, you'll devour these epically long books in no time.

Want to Be a Stronger Leader? Listen to These 10 Podcasts

Whether you're a CEO or an intern, leadership skills are what set you apart. Develop yours.<p>Strong leadership is about more than just telling people what to do; it's that rare but inspirational combination of enthusiasm, humility, grace, power, and wisdom.<p>Here are 10 podcast episodes that will help …

How to Write a Screenplay: The Basics

<i>The information below is meant to be a general guideline on how to properly format a screenplay. Industry standards may vary slightly and many</i> …

Writing

How-To: 7 steps to prepare for the upgrade to a brand new Mac

With around two-thirds of our readers expecting to buy a brand new MacBook Pro, and others looking to upgrade to a refreshed MacBook Air or iMac, we thought it would be useful to provide a quick guide to preparing for the upgrade.<p>We recommend a seven-step approach …<p><b>Step 1: Tidy up your existing …

Operating Systems

14 books every modern gentleman should read

Being a modern gentleman is about more than just knowing what to wear or what to put in your bathroom. It's also about being informed about the world around you.<p>We asked our friends at Amazon Books to put together a list of essential books every man should read, ranging from fiction to …

Books

The First 5 Lenses To Buy For Your Sony A7 Series Camera

Sony has created a bit of a phenomenon with their A7 and its siblings and successors. The full frame, mirrorless powerhouse boasts incredible image …

Social Collaboration, Team Messaging And The Future

In preparation for a speech I am giving this week at the Social Business Collaboration 2016 conference in Berlin, I have been researching and thinking about the future of collaboration technology and what stands in the way of progress.<p>The concept of creating a workplace network that encourages …

A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

Robert McKee, has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?<p>One of the main differences between humans and animals is that we compulsively tell stories – to …

Creative Writing

‘An offer of my heart’: A story of black love after the Civil War

By DeNeen L. Brown<p>, Reporter<p>One hundred and forty-four years after they were written, the civil rights advocate found the letters in the bottom of an old suitcase, stacked in thin envelopes and tied together by a faded, baby-blue ribbon.<p>Somebody had preserved them with such care. Laura W. Murphy …

Here are some of the darkest true-crime stories from California

Good morning, it is <b>Monday, Sept. 5</b>. On this sunny Labor Day, we are taking a detour into noir. There's been quite a bit of true-crime reporting in the Essential California newsletter the past week because of The Times' series "Framed," about a bizarre incident in Irvine.<p>We'd like to welcome our new …

Crime

The Obama years: novelists assess his legacy

Expectations were sky high when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. As his term draws to a close, has he disappointed or delivered? From race to healthcare, from the drone war to the Iran deal, novelists in America appraise him<p><i>Tobias Wolff is best known for his memoir</i><i>This Boy’s Life</i><i>, which</i> …

Uncovering the social innovators working for a better world

Science and technology can – and must – be forces for good in society, and in the world at large. From the ways in which vaccines and medical …

ICYMI Edition: 10 Must-Hear Albums So Far In 2016

Since we’ve reached the halfway point of 2016, it’s time for my traditional mid-year “in case you missed it” column where I pick out some of my …

Guitar Playing

9 things to do in your 20s to retire by 40

Retiring by 40 is more than possible. Plenty of regular people have done it.<p>Take "Mr. Money Mustache," who averaged a $67,000 annual salary working as an engineer for 10 years before announcing his retirement at age 30. Or Jeremy Jacobson and Winnie Tseng, whose combined annual salary of $135,000 …

Retirement

The 23 best business books to read this summer

Summer's officially begun, and that probably means you're going to need something to read on your next trip to the beach or for the long flight to your vacation destination.<p>You'll be kicking back, but might as well bring something educational to accompany that magazine you picked up at the …

Penguin Random House

101 of the Most Fantastic Interactive Infographics You’ll Love

If you have a ton of data and you want to tell a good story, interactive infographics are a fantastic tool. They entice your audience to explore the …

Data Visualization

Going Viral: How Three Video Pros Create Content For Millennials

What do sci-fi, virtual effects-driven films, comedic web series and video game parodies have in common? For all their differences, each one has grabbed the imagination – and devotion – of millennials on YouTube. And that number is explosive: The generation of 18 to 34 year olds in 2015 is 75.4 …

Unprecedented access to the White House to relive the bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Americans' memories of the killing of Osama bin Laden will forever be tied to a few iconic images.<p>CNN's Peter Bergen was given unprecedented access to the White House to talk about this monumental mission and the war on terror with President Barack Obama on the fifth anniversary …

Osama Bin Laden

A Summer 2015 Reading List For Creative Leaders

The opening months of 2015 brought important and helpful new titles for creative leaders. Among the works providing fresh ideas have been Herminia Ibarra’s <i>Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader</i>, Google VP for People Operations Laszlo Bock’s manifesto, <i>Work Rules!</i>, Tim Leberecht’s similarly …