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The 100 Books Every Man Should Read

Books for men aren't all about DIY and fast cars, from mind-altering works of fiction and life-affirming autobiographies to stylish coffee table …

Books

If you can't write every day, do this instead

If you can’t write every day, do this insteadMany people think that in order to be considered a good Writer, you need to write every single minute of …

This Ancient Map Challenges The Entire Human History - Mysterious Times

The baffling Piri Reis Map of 1513: It showed Antarctica centuries before discovery, but without its ice cap<p>Late in 1929, Gustav Deissmann, a German …

Conflicting Characters Sell Stories

A study in conflicting characters: A performance of Ghosts in Berlin, 1983, with Inge Keller, Ulrich Mühe, and Simone von Zglinicki.The noted teacher …

The best camping spots in every state for a cheap summer vacation

Numerous studies have found benefits to spending time in the outdoors: better concentration, elevated mood, even faster healing and improved sleep patterns.<p>But camping isn't just a prescription for dealing with urban angst and anxiety. It's also a joy in its own right — an excuse to go to bed …

National Parks

Write to learn, not just to communicate

Write through your own confusion. Write through your misconceptions. Write towards clarity.<p><b>Frequent low stakes writing to learn leads to higher</b> …

A defense of adverbs

Adverbs aren’t very popular these days.We all know how Stephen King regards and Mark Twain regarded them. English teachers, writing coaches, and …

Creative Writing

Let It Come Naturally: How to Create a Character in Short Fiction

Imagine this common scenario: you are at a party, perhaps a neighborhood meet and greet where you are likely to be meeting people for the fist time. You find yourself in a corner with the woman who lives two doors down and she seems like someone you would like to get to know. She seems friendly …

Creative Writing

8 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked

Like, aside from the fact that it makes middle-of-the-night sex way easier.<p>Sure, it feels sexier, but that doesn't even scratch the surface. Sleeping naked is legitimately good for your health — and, of course, it <i>is</i> sexier. Here are all the reasons you should strip down before settling in to the …

Immune System

15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, …

How to edit INCREDIBLE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS with Adobe Lightroom Photoshop

This here, is Peter McKinnon´s typical workflow when it comes to editing landscape photos with Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop. He uses both …

Over Two Hundred Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim

Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.<p>A veritable art history degree's worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.<p>There's Wassily Kandinsky's 1946 treatise, <i>On the Spiritual in Art</i>; books …

The Secret Life of the Real Banksy, Robin Gunningham

Friends, teammates, and people who helped create some of his artworks give The Daily Beast a rare look at the man behind the mask.<p>BRISTOL, England — …

Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Showcase Animals at Their Funniest

The newly-launched Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards hopes that you'll chuckle when you see one of their images. You aren't laughing at them, rather, but with them–these lighthearted photos are meant to be hilarious. The unusual competition combines funny portraits of animals with technical …

Nature Photography

Interview: Breathtaking Images of Underwater Life Captured by Freediving Photographers

For nearly 15 years, freediving and photography duo Alex Voyer and Alex Roubaud of Fisheye have been exploring and documenting the stunning depths of the world's oceans. The two friends hit the seas when they're not working at their day jobs in Paris, using their time away from the office to slip …

Extreme Sports

Artist Paints Stunningly Realistic Portraits on His Hand and Stamps Them on Paper

Artist Russell Powell creates stunningly realistic portraits on an unconventional surface – his own hand. The California-based teacher merges art and the body by painting eye-catching depictions of people on his palms. Incredibly, this textured and creased surface doesn't deter him from adding …

Shooting Above-and-Below Photos of Icebergs with a Custom Camera Rig

Photographer Steve Mandel just returned from Antarctica, where he made photos of icebergs using an underwater camera, a surface camera, and a …

Photo of the Day: Best of 2015

Portraits Reveal What Photographers Look Like When You Take Their Camera Away

As humans, we make a ton of silly faces without even realizing it and, sometimes, a photographer will capture the magic moment when one of these strange expressions is being made. Photographer Rich Johnson turns these embarrassing moments back onto the picture takers in his amusing series titled</i> …

Photography

11 Novels So Amazing, You Can't Tell What Genre They Are

Some of the most powerful reading experiences are the ones that refuse to fit into just one pigeonhole. They defy categorization, because they’re …

Long-Lost Color Photos from 1939 Reveal Life in England on the Brink of WWII

After the death of his grandmother in February of this year, Barney Britton found an unexpected treasure while cleaning out her attic: a wooden box filled with dozens of 35mm slides documenting his grandparents' honeymoon trip in 1939. Although Britton's mother remembered seeing the photos as a …

World War II

Interview: Dynamic Photos of Dancers Frozen Mid-Movement by Lois Greenfield

For the last 35 years, legendary dance photographer Lois Greenfield has explored movement and its expressive potential in dynamic photos of dancers frozen in split seconds of extraordinary motion. Twirling, soaring, and contorting into incredible forms, her subjects are immortalized as sculptural …

Barnes & Noble

22 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a tradition of dramatic New Year's resolutions, and in 2015 he decided that he'd read a book every two weeks.<p>"Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today," Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. …

We’ve gathered the top of the heap for iPhone accessories [Deals]

Your iPhone is full of amazing features, but some of the coolest things about it are sold separately. Whether it’s a skin-tight charging case you’re looking for, a keychain-sized tracking device or a foolproof way to keep your phone from dropping, we’ve got you covered.<p><b>iSafe Drive Lite (32GB) – 24%</b> …

Gear & Gadgets

Artist Removes Smartphones from Photos to Reveal our Obsession with Technology

The question of whether we are too obsessed with our technology is a topic that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Photographer Eric Pickersgill chimes in on the debate with <i>Removed</i>, a collection of photographs depicting how bizarre life would look if one simply removed all electronic devices …

Electronics

Harlem on my mind: civil rights-era New York – in pictures

Louis Draper played his part in the US civil rights struggle by portraying the everyday lives and little dignities of African-American New Yorkers. Here are his pictures – which he called works of ‘engaged resistance’ – taken where he lived in Harlem and further afield from the 1950s on<p>Louis …

Provocative Black and White Photography by Peter Lindbergh

On February 27, the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles is putting on an exciting new exhibition that shows the provocative photography of Peter Lindbergh. The German fashion photographer, who's best known for his iconic images of supermodels, like those he shot for fashion magazine <i>Vogue</i>, has an …

Los Angeles

Stunning Underwater Images by a Photographer Drawn into the Depths of the Deep Blue Sea

The lure of the ocean has long enticed humans into its depths; there is some intangible quality roused by something so immense and ancient. Freelance photographer Enric Adrian Gener pursues this fascination with the infinite through his underwater photographs, creating remarkable images that …

Deep Blue

Teabagging shouldn't bother me (but it does)

What people do when there's no consequences<p>If you've played PvP in the last decade or more in anything from <i>Halo</i> to <i>Call of Duty</i> or even <i>Destiny</i>, you will have witnessed a very strange act. You die and your killer runs to your corpse — and then crouches, stands, crouches, stands, crouches and stands …

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 …