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Paris Review - E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>This interview on the craft of writing with E. L. Doctorow is one of the first in this series conducted in public—which it was, under the auspices of The Poetry Center, in the main auditorium of New York City’s famed cultural spa, the 92nd Street …

Literature

Andrew O’Hehir’s top 10 movies of 2014

Don’t believe the haters! From a Texas family epic to class war on a train, it was an amazing year at the movies<p>Some critics complain bitterly about the bean-counting reductionism of crafting a top-10 list at the end of the year. I’ve always really enjoyed it, although it’s hard work; it helps me …

Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time

Researchers say it’s OK to break with hardliners—provided you’re interacting right along with your kids. A look at new guidelines that defy …

Kokedama String Balls: A DIY Hanging Garden

Kokedamas from Japan use moss to retain moisture and don’t require planters or pots. Everyone loves a self-sufficient houseplant.<p>In the tradition of …

Gardening

Sept. 11, 2001: A Look Back in Pictures

10 Easy Pieces: Editors’ Favorite Chef’s Knives

When it comes down to it, the choice of the best kitchen knife is as personal as the palm of the hand that holds it. Yes, a good chef’s knife needs …

Shooting Sports

Colourful plants to lift the winter gloom

Ever-dependable amaryllis is the drama queen that can brighten the home after the emptiness of Twelfth Night<p>In the empty space left by Christmas decorations post Twelfth Night, I feel the need for something dramatic. Enter stage left, a large pot of amaryllis 'Green Goddess’, like gaudy …

Gardening

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

These tips and tricks will guarantee you'll be a totally happy camper this summer.

6 Apps That Fit Charity Into Your Daily Routine

Social Good Apps That Fit Into Your Daily Routine<p>1. Instead<p>2. I Can Go Without<p>3. Charity Miles<p>4. One Today<p>5. Donate a Photo<p>6. Check-in for Good<p>A pen …

Apps

What’s the best smartphone? The top models face off

The big guns are out from all the major phone manufacturers, and it's a real battle royale on all carriers. Big, powerful phones with 4G LTE connections, high-quality cameras, and HD screens — which do you really want? To help thin the herd a bit, we've put together this little cheat sheet with the …

Gear & Gadgets

10-Inch Pacu, Testicle-Eating Fish, Caught In Passaic, New Jersey

Although it's native to the Amazon, a testicle-eating fish species called "Pacu" has been turning up in places including Denmark, France and Illinois.<p>Now, a large Pacu has been found in northern New Jersey, just more than 10 miles outside New York City.<p>Retired bus driver Tom Boylan hooked a …

30-Minute, No-Gym Bodyweight Workout

Ready to strengthen, stretch, and break a sweat? This high-intensity bodyweight workout is a simple, effective way to work your whole body—without …

With $1M In New Funding, Betterfly Launches Live Video Platform Tailored To Online Learning

Chicago-based self-improvement startup Betterfly has been connecting teachers and students in real life for music lessons, relationship coaching, juggling instruction and just about anything you can imagine. But the startup is finally bringing its model online thanks to a live video platform launch …

With 'Ingress,' the world is Google's game board

Your Android smartphone becomes your entry into a new dimension of video games with 'Ingress,' a sci-fi game that is played in the real world, in real-time, around the globe.<p>Want a glimpse into the future of video games? Tap into <i>Ingress</i>.<p>The real-world augmented reality game was launched quietly in …

Silas S. Soule- A Hero the History Books Forgot to Mention

<b>Silas S. Soule- A Hero the History Books Forgot to Mention</b><p><b>On April 23, 1865, assassins shot and killed 1st Colorado Cavalry officer Capt. Silas S. Soule. A man that stood up for what was right, in return he paid with his life.</b><p>During the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864, Soule had disobeyed orders by refusing to fire on Chief Black Kettle’s peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village. The encampment, along Sand Creek which was primarily full of old men, women, and young children and …

A Healthy Garden With Half the Work

Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, pruning, and weeding, we've got some ideas to help you get the most from your greenery for less work.<p>Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, …

Gardening

Woody Allen: What I've Learned

Writer and Director, 77, New York City<p><i>Allen was photographed on June 3 at his office in Manhattan. His forty-eight picture as a director,</i> Blue Jasmine<i>, is now in theaters. Interviewed June 4, 2013</i><p><b>My two teenage girls</b> think of me as ancient. But I'm up before them and wake them to go to school.<p><b>What</b> …

Woody Allen

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Top Surfers Name the World’s Most Dangerous Waves, Plus Surf Spots for the Rest of Us

<b>See surfing photos submitted to us by adventurers like you >></b><p>For all of human history, waves have been a byword for “danger.” They drown swimmers, sink ships, and swamp entire towns with an inexorability and indifference that mocks the frailty of man in the intermittent roar and murmur of moving …

Aquatic Sports

How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Goals by Using the 'Seinfeld Strategy'

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all‐time.<p>He is regarded as one of the "Top 100 Comedians of All-Time" by Comedy Central. He was also the co-creator and co-writer of Seinfeld, the long-running sitcom which has received numerous awards and was claimed to have the "Top TV …

Looking for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s True Face

The uproar in Boston and elsewhere this week over the August 1st cover of <i>Rolling Stone</i>, which features a self-portrait of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, used to promote an investigative report about his life leading up to the attack, had, for those who were angry about it, a …

Justice