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Have Scientists Cracked the Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/CC BY 2.0<p>The Bermuda Triangle, so named in a 1964 story in America's first pulp magazine, the infamous Argosy, has long been controversial. Its existence as a center for sunken ships and downed airplanes has never gained official traction: the U.S. …

Paranormal

Growing up gonzo: How Hunter S. Thompson’s son got past his father’s volatility | The Star

I asked a few young, well-educated people if they knew who Hunter S. Thompson was, and the answer was a consistent “No.” I was a teenager when …

Five Quick Steps Toward More Mature Writing

Whenever I see a new client’s manuscript, I can tell almost instantly how mature the writing is just by flipping through a few pages. How? Because …

4 Things True Detective (Season 1) Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly …

Creative Writing

You Really Can Make a Living as a Writer. Here's What You Need to Know.

Would you like to make a real living without leaving home? Writers can work full or part time, and earn a supplemental income to help cover the bills or generate a lucrative primary income. If you have the skills and the motivation, you get to define your own career.<p><i>Photo source: studiostoks</i><p>My …

Employment

Christopher Hitchens’ last years: Islam, the Iraq war and how a man of the left found his moment by breaking with the left

<b>Christopher Hitchens (Twelve Books)</b><p>Hitch despised Clintons, religion and authoritarianism. After 9/11, he moved toward war. His flaw? George W. Bush<p>Daniel Oppenheimer<p>February 14, 2016 11:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Exit Right”<p>During the later part of the 1990s it was Bill Clinton, curiously, who was …

Political Science

The Best Metal Albums of 2015

Below you’ll find my Top 25 favorite metal albums of 2015, along with a few more individual lists from other critics who write about heavier music for Pitchfork. (You can listen to a few songs from some of these albums at Apple Music.) It’s an annual tradition to hear people talk negatively about …

World Championships: Michael van Gerwen pushed to brink by qualifier

• The No1 seed beats René Eidams 3-2, after leading 2-0<br>• ‘I never should be in that position, never ever’<p>The No1 seed, Michael van Gerwen, withstood a thrilling comeback from the German qualifier René Eidams to book his spot in the second round of the PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace.<p>The …

For Aaron Rodgers, road to the NFL started at an apparent dead end

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — The first golf cart wouldn’t start, so the old coach found another to pilot down the jagged asphalt toward the practice field.<p>Craig Rigsbee spoke as he drove, past the crumbling tennis courts and the giant banner of Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Rigsbee …

Opponent Process: Tricking Your Brain Into Seeing a Black-And-White Image In Full Color

If you sit back and think about it, the human eye is a pretty crazy thing. From the front lens all the way back into your brain, the mechanisms that …

7 Apps Every Writer Should Own

Like most writers I know, I have a fondness for paper and ink. Despite this, most of my work is done on a computer or tablet. Specifically on Apple …

Letters From Ernest Hemingway at His Peak

‘It’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something.’ Cambridge’s new collection of correspondence finds a writer generous …

David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing

“Really good writing [is] able to get across massive amounts of information and various favorable impressions of the communicator with minimal effort on the part of the reader.”<p><i>“Readers who want to become writers should read with a dictionary at hand,”</i> Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker asserted …

Picasso’s muse provokes anger with frank views on wolf whistles

Françoise Gilot, now 93, says that women should embrace ‘the eroticism of the streets’<p>Pablo Picasso was so struck by her beauty when he first saw her that he took a bowl of cherries over to the table where she was having a meal with a friend. That was 1943, and although Françoise Gilot was 40 years …

The Feel of Real: Researching a Novel

by nancy waldman | via FlickrIn today’s guest post, Maggie Kast (@tweenworlds), author of the novel <i>A Free, Unsullied Land</i>, discusses the role …

Booze as muse: writers and alcohol, from Ernest Hemingway to Patricia Highsmith

Nobel laureates Faulkner, O’Neill, Hemingway and Steinbeck were alcoholics, as were Brendan Behan, Dylan Thomas, Jean Rhys and many more. Anne …

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Like any endeavor, writing a work of fiction requires learning how to manage those nagging self-doubts each time you sit at a computer and think to yourself, "I can't write!"<p>Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction …

Creative Writing

When It Comes To Book Sales, What Counts As Success Might Surprise You

Whenever you read about book awards you hear they help boost sales. But what you might not know is just how much those sales need boosting. Two prestigious awards announced nominees this week; in the U.K. the Man Booker unveiled its short list and in the U.S. the National Book Awards announced its …

2 Stammer Verbs to Avoid in Your Fiction

by Hernán Piñera | via Flickr<p>Note from Jane: Today’s guest post is by editor Jessi Rita Hoffman (@JRHwords).<p>As a writer, you’ve probably heard the …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

By Sara Shipley Hiles<p>Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an …

Public Health

“Am I Any Good?” Taking the Measure of Yourself as a Writer

<i>Am I any good?</i> I get this question a lot. Mostly at conferences, in one-on-one critique sessions. It usually pops up late in the conversation, after …

What does your writing say about you? IBM Watson Personality Insights will tell you.

"The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics from the text …

Writing tips from big-time novelists

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How can we fix unconscious racism?

Racist stereotypes, at their root, come from quite a fundamental learning mechanism. Humans are able to learn and adapt so quickly because they are excellent at making generalisations about the world based on very limited experience. Take dogs, for example - a toddler might reasonably conclude …

Why We Still Need Richard Hugo’s Defense of Creative Writing Classes

It’s a fact that all arts administrators hide when we are out in the halls amongst the people we serve: every one of us, particularly in nonprofit, …

How heavy metal music soothes and inspires

Extreme music, such as heavy metal, can positively influence people who are feeling angry, new research reveals.<p>In contrast to previous studies …

We Are All Neoliberals Now: The New Genre of Plastic Realism in American Fiction

That's when he [Scotty] began singing the songs he'd been writing for years underground, songs no one had ever heard, or anything like them--"Eyes in My Head," "X's and O's," "Who's Watching Hardest"--ballads of paranoia and disconnection ripped from the chest of a man you knew just by looking had …

Literature

Extreme Metal Music and Anger Processing.

2015 May 21;9:272. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00272. eCollection 2015.<p>1School of Psychology, University of Queensland , Brisbane, QLD , …

Heavy Metal

10 Of The Funniest Heavy Metal Viral Videos On The Internet Right Now

Vegan Black Metal Chef<p>Embedded from www.youtube.com.<p>Cooks like Bourdain, sounds like Born of Osiris.<p>John Petrucci’s Psycho Guitar Exercises<p>Embedded …