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Eureka by Tess Gerritsen

It invariably happens to me about halfway through a manuscript. Inspired by an intriguing premise, I launch straight into the story, set my …

Five new albums to try this week: Alabama Shakes, Jlin and more

From Tyler, the Creator’s latest experimental rap outing to Speedy Ortiz’s 90s-inspired alt-rock, stream five albums out this week. What will you be listening to?<p>Tyler, the Creator – Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Unexpected chillwave production flourishes, discordant piano lines …

Albums

Advice for students so they don't sound silly in emails (essay)

Dear College Student,<p>If your professor has sent you a link to this page, two things are likely true. First, you probably sent an email that does not …

The Fifty Years War

IN THE hills around Paintsville, a small town in eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian region, some of the nicer houses have paths that wind from the front …

Natural Gas

An inventory of the meaningful life.

To place one foot in front of the other in a steady rhythm is to allow self and world to cohere, to set the mind itself into motion. We walk for different reasons and to different ends — for Thoreau, every walk was “a sort of crusade”; for artist Maira Kalman, it is “the glory of life.” <i>“Nature’s</i> …

Stone Age

Wendell Berry on Solitude and Why Pride and Despair Are the Two Great Enemies of Creative Work

<i>“One can’t write directly about the soul,”</i> Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary. Few writers have come to write about it — and to it — more directly than the novelist, poet, and environmental activist <b>Wendell Berry</b>, who describes himself as “a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts.” In his wonderful …

The Knot in the Rosary: Rilke on How Difficulty Can Fuel Creativity and Why Feedback Poisons Art

Shortly before he began writing what would become the legendary <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i>, 26-year-old <b>Rainer Maria Rilke</b> (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926) moved to Paris to write a monograph on the sculptor Rodin, but soon sank into profound spiritual anguish. Once he discovered modernism, Rilke …

Magazine Writing Articles

Police Chief's Perfect Response: Respect Protestors, Keep an Open Mind

When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his "frustration and outrage" at the city's peaceful handling of recent Ferguson …

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and when we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back stories of …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryZuckerberg’s Five Most Dishonest Answers Will Oremus The Facebook CEO repeatedly erred on the side of ignorance and naïveté in his …

We’ve Got (Hate) Mail!: Right-Wing Pastors React To AU’s Pulpit Politicking Letter

Every other year during election season, Americans United reminds clergy nationwide to stay out of partisan politics.<p>Most religious leaders have no …

Inside the mammoth backlash to Common Core

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Calling a Mother's Day Amnesty: An End to Unwanted Advice

<i>Imagine if we paid attention to what really matters.</i><p>It starts innocently enough. We come home with our babies and we wonder, "Why did they let me leave with this baby? Don't they know that I don't know what I'm doing?!" And then the long lifetime of parental improvising begins. And here's what …

The Downsides of Being a Dad

Your stress levels will spike. Your career prospects might suffer. You'll get sicker, busier, and possibly even lonelier than ever. But, hey: anything for our kids, right?<p><i>"</i><i>All of them told us their stories, and behind each of these stories looms the shadow of that formidable father, a stern,</i> …

Parenting

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Why Ending the “Mommy Wars” is Misguided and Dangerous

Ending the mommy wars has become quite the news item and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how can you not? Doesn’t it sound so …

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering …

Love

Fatal Puzzles

I’ve been reading detective novels for many more years than I’ve been writing them. In fact, if I hadn’t been reading them—and loving them—I’m sure …

How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner

The Genteel Republic

<b>Ours is not the first age to feel pangs of anxiety about the decline of civility, refinement, and manners</b>. Two centuries ago, the currents of …

How likely is it that today’s kids will ever move out?

The notion now seems as antique as a one-room schoolhouse, but there was a time when American parents fervently hoped their children would grow up, …