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'1984' Sales Have Skyrocketed. Here’s What To Read Next.

Ten Orwellian books about censorship and the power of words.<p>Last week, after Kellyanne Conway gave an interview describing falsehoods as “alternative facts,” sales of George Orwell’s decades-old classic <i>1984</i> spiked. The book, a part of so many high-school syllabi, appears to be helping people …

Starting Your Writing Career: Become A Published Author In Six Steps

<i>"I've decided I want to write for a living. Any tips?"</i><p>My friend Jannah recently contacted me regarding starting a writing career - and I'm glad she did! The advice I gave her is strictly related to writing books, though many of the general concepts could apply to magazine writing, etc.<p><b>Step One:</b> …

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

The 4 Stages of Enlightenment According to Buddhist Scripture (And How You Can Achieve Them)

Are you curious about Buddhism and how it may be relevant to your daily life? The philosophy from the east has become much more popular all around …

The Ten Golden Rules Of Successful Book Writing and Publishing

For those of you who are either contemplating becoming an author of fiction or are writers who want to get to self-help book bestseller status super …

Writing

Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted

The time when you don’t need hope is when your hopes have been fulfilled. Hope is for when you don’t have what you need and for when things are not OK. It is the belief that liberation might be possible that motivates you to make it more possible, and pursuing hope even when it doesn’t lead to the …

Human Rights

Here's How We Prepare to Be Ungovernable in 2017

“We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet …

#GrabYourWallet: Angry women are boycotting Ivanka Trump's fashion range as she defends Donald

Women are boycotting Ivanka Trump’s fashion range, in protest at her continued support of her father’s presidential campaign.<p>The hashtag #GrabYourWallet has seen women turn against Ivanka, after she stood by Donald Trump in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him and a leaked video, …

Adrienne Rich Reads “What Kind of Times Are These”

“In times like these to have you listen at all, it’s necessary to talk about trees.”<p><i>“The greatest poet in the English language found his poetry where poetry is found: in the lives of the people. He could have done this only through love — by knowing … that whatever was happening to anyone was</i> …

7 Simple Rules for Getting Lean in 2017

Seven rules so you can follow through on that resolution.<p>For 2017, over half of Americans will make New Year's resolutions to do things like lose weight, get fit, and eat healthier. But how many actually make it past January 17? The brutal truth is only eight percent will achieve their goals, which …

Use Freewriting to Jump-Start Your Fiction

How to Use Freewriting to Generate Short Story Ideas<p>Updated April 22, 2018<p>Freewriting can be one of the best and easiest exercises to get yourself …

Former White House aide, also a former L.A. Times employee, joins candidates vying to succeed Xavier Becerra

Former White House staffer Alejandra Campoverdi has entered the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles).<p>Campoverdi, a former employee of the Los Angeles Times, said in an interview that her California upbringing and experience in Washington make her well-suited to represent the 34th …

Dreamers prepare for fight against Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a fight President-elect Donald Trump might not see coming.<p>Dreamers, the children of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, are preparing to stand up for themselves and for their parents. Dreamers say they want a path towards citizenship and they are gearing …

How to Write a Book - 7 Steps to Writing a Book That's Ready to Be Professionally Published

Every author has a unique writing process.<p>That means there are millions of ways to write a book…<p>But there are 7 key steps every writer can follow to …

Universal basic income is the operating system of a post-industrial state

There are very few policy ideas that attract support from all sides of the political spectrum these days. Universal basic income is one of them.<p>The idea of replacing existing welfare systems by giving everyone unconditional cash payments—regardless of income, work status, or anything else—is …

A New Trump Resistance Podcast Assures You You’re Not Alone

Author, journalist and former UN worker Summer Brennan discusses The FourFiftyOne, a podcast she co-founded for a changing America.<p>Michelle Obama has been a living symbol of hope since her husband launched his historic run for office in 2007. So, it was something of a gut-punch when the outgoing …

Evernote Employees Can Read Your Notes, and There's No Way to Opt-Out

Evernote just posted an update to its Privacy Policy that details how the company will make use of some new machine learning tools. In order for …

Machine Learning

The 50 Best Albums of 2016

The album has never seemed stronger. Artists have never had more ways to express themselves, from one-off Soundcloud singles to social media posts to live streams of video. Yet in this world of plenty, they’ve continued to keep the album in an exalted place, one where they make a bid for serious …

21 Savage

Hundreds of Silicon Valley engineers are pledging not to help Trump build a Muslim database

"We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration's proposed data collection policies," the pledge reads.<p>"We refuse to build a database of people based on their …

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

West Coast states to fight climate change even if Trump does not | Reuters

CORONADO, Calif. (Reuters) - The governors of the three U.S. West Coast states on Tuesday vowed to step up their efforts to fight climate change in the face of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a hoax.<p>California Governor Jerry Brown …

The CIA Never Ever Lies

At moments like these, when every good responsible and enlightened liberal is recognizing the need to destroy the world in order to save it, by …

Vladimir Putin

Dangerous Americans: The Trump Nominees in Full

Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), who has viciously attacked the Affordable Care Act, on an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in …

Protect your privacy during Trump’s reign: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, …

A Hacker’s Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy

Cyber attacks—and president-elect Trump’s criticism of encryption and interest in expanding government surveillance—warrant more vigilance.<p>Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that …

33 Authors Gave Us Their Best Advice On Writing

"Write the book that you're desperate to read. Fall in love with your characters. Finish the day's writing at a point where you want to know what happens next. And keep writing every day."<p><b>01.</b> As Kandinsky says, "Everything starts with a dot." Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where …

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled

The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the school’s parking lot. Turning off the engine, the driver – a tall man in his late 30s – stepped out into the warm summer sun. He cast a sweeping gaze …

Surveillance

As American editors sharpen their pencils, some advice on writing short

If two examples constitute a trend, then a movement is afoot among editors to encourage short writing. It began at The Washington Post, where an …