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2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

After the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books and best science books, here are my favorite books on psychology and philosophy published this year, along with the occasional letter and personal essay — genres that, at their most excellent, offer hearty helpings of both …

On Writing The Squickerwonkers

Writing for children is a revolutionary act, or at least, I think it can be. The ideas we put in their minds will shape the human beings they are growing up to be. I take that responsibility, that challenge, very seriously.<p>That is why, in my new children's book series, <i>The Squickerwonkers</i>, I have …

5 Best Sites To Make Money Writing Articles Online.

It may sound interesting to you to know that you can make money writing articles, if you are new in this field. But, you shouldn’t be surprised to …

Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure

• Diana Athill: 'It is possible to make use of failure, and forget it'<br>• Margaret Atwood: 'Get back on the horse that threw you'<br>• Julian Barnes: 'Success to one person can be failure to another'<br>• Ann Enright: 'Failure is what writers do. It is built in'<br>• Howard Jacobson: 'You have to see failure as …

20 Twitter Short Stories Written by Mashable Readers

If Twitter has taught us anything, it's that a lot can be said in just 140 characters. Jokes? Check. Breaking news? Check. What you ate for lunch …

George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

George Orwell was a man of unflinching idealism who made no apologies for making his convictions clear, be they about the ethics of journalism, the universal motives of writing, or the golden rules for making tea — but never more so than in his now-legendary essay “Politics and the English …

Sound poetry (in both senses)

Full title: Inspired Notes<p>Author: Tomas Tranströmer; translated by John F. Deane<p>Genre: Poetry <br>Attributes: 80p, paperback <br>Publisher: Dedalus Press …

Why Does Bob Dylan Steal?

Bob Dylan likes to use other people's words, and images. Some people object to this. Scott Warmuth called him "Bob Charlatan." Joni Mitchell called him a plagiarist: "Everything about Bob is a deception." Michael Gray found Dylan's paintings unimaginative: "It may not be plagiarism but it's surely …

Literature

The sea and the city

Full title: Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil. Essays on Marseilles, Mediterranean Cuisine, and Noir Fiction<p>Author: Jean-Claude Izzo<p>Genre: Nonfiction …

Works and days

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>Writing starts in a state of blindness from which you gradually recover. This is the blindness of not knowing where to start, …

From threat to treat

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>I'd like to take a look at the question of writing through a few things Michel Foucault said in an interview given in 1968, but …

Causerie à deux in “Kathleenville”

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>An interview with Kathleen Winter<p>Two months ago I published a post on this blog, which was a review of Kathleen Winter’s novel,</i> …

Three Short Stories About Deviled Eggs

Photo: JeffreyW, via Flickr<p>I.<p>Once, when I was very young and foolish, I threw a party, the refreshments for which consisted exclusively of deviled eggs. Mind you, there was some variety: I made deviled eggs with bacon, deviled eggs with horseradish, deviled eggs with pickle relish, even a highly …

Popularity IS Authority

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>I seem to have developed the need to talk about professionals. Today I’ll have to give in to the temptation once again, hoping …

Call me clumsy

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>It’s funny how clumsiness dismisses authority. When speaking to a person with an accent, we suddenly slow down, speak in spaced …

The saddest piece of news in a hundred years

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>Sad day, very, very sad day. The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, although not exactly unexpected, considering his age and …

Writing and garbage (a kind of advice, if I may)

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>A couple of days ago, Seth Godin published one of his brief but dense posts on the blog he is managing, and that post got me …

Is Kathleen Winter's "Annabel" a Canadian novel?

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>I’m not sure if any other readers of <i>Annabel</i> have grown frustrated with the discussions televised in the second and third days …

On J.K. Rowling and the fans who take no prisoners

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>A few days ago I passed on a piece of news that had taken center-stage as an indication of the power of fans. The issue …

News or theories? Books or parties?

Posted by<p>Francisc Nona<p>So (to start with a conclusion), news have been circling the world that Alain de Botton and his equally famous peers have …

Nuts and Bolts: Saying It Wrong

You have to know the rules before you can break them.<p>In any writing workshop, you should be ready to defend every choice you make. Every word and …

Writing

The Allure of the Map

For years, I carried the same map wherever I went. When I wasn’t travelling, Scotch tape held it to the back of my bedroom door: it was visible to me when the door was closed, but invisible to almost everyone else. That map moved from dorm rooms to apartments and houses, from the Eastern Shore of …

Graphing Jane Austen: Using Science to Extrapolate the Human Condition from Classical Literature

In 1959, C. P. Snow lamented the tragic disconnect between science and the humanities in his famed “two cultures” lecture. In <b>Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning</b>, researchers Joseph Carroll, John Johnson, Daniel Kruger, and Jonathan Gottschall — who gave us the …

Philip Pullman: 'Loosening the chains of the imagination'

The author, whose His Dark Materials trilogy alone has been translated into 40 languages and sold millions, talks about what children look for in stories<p>"If you want your children to be intelligent," Albert Einstein once remarked, "read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read …

Covehithe by China Miéville

There were a few nights in Dunwich, where the owner of the B&B kept telling her guests they were lucky to have found a room. Walking Dunwich Beach, showing his daughter wintering geese through binoculars so heavy they made her laugh, the man was glad they were not in Southwold or Walberswick. They …

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"An Egoless Practice": Tantric Art

Bikaner, 2002, 14<p><i>It could be a cult classic: the debut edition of Siglio Press’s</i> Tantra Song<i>—one of the only books to survey the elusive tradition of abstract Tantric painting from Rajasthan, India—sold out in a swift six weeks. Rendered by hand on found pieces of paper and used primarily for</i> …

Twitter IPO hurdle: The service is well known but not widely used

SAN FRANCISCO — By all rights,<p>Twittershould be wildly popular with mainstream America.<p>World leaders, the pope, even<p>Justin Bieberpost updates there.<p>It tells us what's culturally relevant at any given moment, be it<p>Beyonce's performance at the Super Bowl and the blackout in the New …

Social Media

Referencing a Tweet in an Academic Paper? Here's an Automatic Citation Generator

A handy little tool will take any tweet's URL and spit back MLA- and APA-style citations for it.<p>Say you're writing a paper on Twitter during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. How do you cite all those tweets you'll be referencing?<p>The Modern Language Association (MLA) has an answer to that: a …