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How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>This year, I talked to nearly 50 different writers for the By Heart series, a weekly column about beloved quotes and cherished lines. Each author shared the life-changing, values-shaping passages that …

The Real Reason the Humanities Are 'in Crisis'

Women started deserting subjects like history and English decades ago.<p>Multiple articles over the last few months have proclaimed that “humanities fall from favor,” “interest fades in the humanities,” or that the humanities are “under strain around the globe.” Commentators tend to attribute the …

The student debt bubble isn’t bursting

While banks pull out of student loan business, the government is still making bank on student debtors<p>News that Wall Street giant JPMorgan Chase will cease to make student loans next month, whispers about the much-anticipated burst of the vast student loan bubble are growing louder.<p>And while …

Where Is a College Like a Company? LinkedIn

The corporate recruiting tool grows a collegiate arm.<p>On Monday, LinkedIn launched pages for universities, extending the platform it uses to represent companies to institutions of higher learning. 200 colleges and universities began the program, including NYU and the University of Michigan.<p>The pages …

Debt Is Making Young People Sick

'Where Should I Go to College?'

How to answer that question by asking another question<p>Where should you go to college--assuming you're a high school student and getting ready for this new phase of your life? Where should you encourage your son or daughter to go--assuming that you're a parent? As a college professor, I get asked …

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Liberal arts colleges rethink their messaging in the face of criticism

One of the aspects always touted about a liberal arts education is that it teaches students how to muster diverse forms of evidence to make a …

High student debt is dragging down the U.S. economy

Nowadays, younger Americans are becoming less likely to take out loans to buy a house or a car. One possible reason? They're too overloaded with student debt.<p>That's one takeaway, at least, from some interesting new research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, flagged by Doug Henwood.<p>The paper …

Insider Secrets of Rome

With the newly elected Pope moving in and Easter approaching, the old adage about all roads leading to you-know-where seems especially true these …

Rome In A Day: The Best Walking Tour Of The Eternal City

Recently, all eyes have been on the city of Rome while the Papal Conclave convened to elect Pope Francis 1 the new leader of the Catholic Church. I would image there are many of you out there planning your summer holidays, perhaps with Rome now being on top of your list. Or perhaps your visit to …

A Hidden Gelato Shop in Rome: Our Most Repinned Item of the Week

If you're like us, then talk of the new pope has been all abuzz in your office. "Where's he from? How old is he? Does he tweet?" With all eyes on Rome this week, it's no surprise that our most popular photo on Pinterest hails from Italy.<p>If you're like us, then talk of the new pope has been all …

How To Have The Best Day Ever In Rome

American expat Erica Firpo has lived in Rome long enough -- and shown enough people around -- to know how to build the perfect day.<p>1. Wake up with a cappuccino, preferably with a view. Rome has a whole breed of hotels with amazing views. My latest favorite view can be found on the rooftop terrace …

The Best in Rome, from the tastiest gelato to the finest art

<b>Rome is without doubt one of the most romantic cities in the world but where should you take your loved one if you want to share the very best Rome</b> …

Trastevere: The beating heart of Rome

Inspired by Alex’ recent post about Rome, I would like to tell you about another side of the Eternal City. It is equally beautiful as the rest of the …

Rome's Sistine Chapel: 50 fascinating facts

1. The Sistine Chapel – Cappella Sistina in Italian – takes its name from the man who commissioned it, Pope Sixtus IV: “Sixtus” in Italian is “Sisto”.<p>2. Some 25,000 people a day, or five million people a year, visit the chapel.<p>3. Entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel costs €16, an annual …

Rome Half Day Independent Suggested Itinerary

A visit to Italy is not complete without visiting Rome, the eternal city. Traveling to Rome from Florence is relatively easy and inexpensive by …

What to See and Do in the Trastevere Neighborhood in Rome

Trastevere, the neighborhood across the Tiber River from Rome historic center, is a must-visit area of the Eternal City. It's one of Rome's oldest …

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Insider Rome: discover four magical streets

Rome’s streets offer layer upon layer of history. Often there is an another world to explore beneath, with temples or Roman houses lying underneath churches and houses. Read on to discover some of Rome’s most remarkable addresses, from Via Appia Antica, the historic Roman road, lined by catacombs, …

When in Rome …

From the May 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>Imperial splendor, religion, and Renaissance art give Rome deep and enduring meaning to adults. The very same things can speak to children (<i>bambini</i> in Italian) who find hidden treasures throughout the city.<p><b>Going Down in Time</b><p>Escape underground …

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24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a walking city – one that repays those who tramp its cobbles with stately Georgian grandeur. So with 24 hours up your sleeve, where would you go and what can you see?<p>Morning<p>Head over to Valvona & Crolla for breakfast. This Italian delicatessen is an Edinburgh institution. Counter staff …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

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