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15 things Kurt Vonnegut said better than anyone else ever has or will

<b>1. "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"</b><br>The …

20 misused words that make smart people look dumb

We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with.<p>If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because …

Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work When You're Really Not Feeling It

We all have those days where we’re really not feeling it but we have to get some work done anyway. Whether that’s today or every day, this graphic …

Productivity

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> …

Journalism

The Sleep Habits of Successful Executives

This morning we focus on an issue to which you almost certainly pay too little attention: yourself. If I had asked you five minutes ago to list the …

The Face Everything Technique and Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn’t Work

We are, all of us, amazing at avoiding things. Our minds are less “thinking machines” than they are “avoiding machines.” And the incredible thing is …

Procrastination

The Many Costs of Campus Carry

When I was growing up, in Kansas City, Missouri, I didn’t know anyone who had gone to college. No one in my family had ever gone; almost everyone found work in the city’s ever-growing service sector, learned a trade, or joined the military. College seemed like a good idea, though I knew as much …

What “Divorce” Understands About Marriage

Last year, in holding that states must allow gay and straight couples alike to enter civil marriage, the Supreme Court extolled the “transcendent importance of marriage,” its beauty, nobility, and dignity. That was the fulsome culmination of the decades that led to marriage equality. But, just as …

“Moonlight” Undoes Our Expectations

By avoiding the overblown clichés so often used to represent black American life in film, Barry Jenkins has created something achingly alive.<p>Did I ever imagine, during my anxious, closeted childhood, that I’d live long enough to see a movie like “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s brilliant, achingly …

Crime