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David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

Last summer, early in the morning, I stood out in the main square of Florence to watch the tourists come in. It was quiet. A Zamboni-like street cleaner drove its rounds, leaving wet circles on the paving stones. A vendor unpacked tarp-wrapped souvenirs from the back of his white van. When the …

Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2016. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

39 Ways to Your Deepest Clean Yet

Fireplaces, blankets, warm drinks... There is no doubt fall is the beginning of the home-y season. But before you begin to transition to spending …

Six Tried and Tested Methods for Writing a Novel

There are two sides to novel writing: either you’re a planner or a seat-of-the-pants-er. This article is primarily directed at the planners out there …

10 shows to binge watch during your long holiday weekend

It's a good time to catch up<p>It’s Labor Day weekend, which for most of us means a nice, three days off from work. It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some of the shows that you’ve probably been hearing about from friends and co-workers.<p>Here are 10 shows to watch this long holiday weekend on …

Learn from the Pros | 10 of the Best Writing Advice You’ll Ever Read

What these writers have learned in years, you’ll learn in minutes.<p><b>Medium is truly a godsend</b> — especially for those who just started writing on Medium …

Creative Writing

10 Things All Curly-Haired Girls Should Do

<b>What tip do you swear by for curly hair? Tell us in the comments!</b><p><i>This story was originally published on August 13, 2016.</i>

50 Books Every Woman Should Read Before She Turns 40

Consider this your life's library.<p>This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many.

Watch Kurt Vonnegut Explain the Emotional Shape of Creative Stories

It’s impossible to quantify what, exactly, makes a good story. However, underneath most popular stories, there are only a handful of familiar story …

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

15 Documentaries You Have To Watch If You Haven't Already

Featuring The Jinx, When the Levees Broke, and What Happened, Miss Simone?

20 Things You Should Deep Clean This Spring

There are a few places you won't need to tackle again until next year.<p>When the weather starts to warm up, it's a sign to bust open your windows — and your cleaning supplies cabinet. Yes, it's already that time of year again. Don't know where to start? Use this list, which includes all the spots …

Cleaning