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Netflix has tons of hidden categories — here's how to see them

Netflix hidden categories are the secret to better binging, friends.<p>The vast amount of content on Netflix can get pretty unwieldy. Luckily, there's a …

TV shows

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018 That Are Actually Worth Your Time

As balmy summer nights give way to brisk autumn evenings, we're breaking out our woodsy-scented candles, filling our glasses with full-bodied red …

Books

Inside Evernote’s brain

As it refreshes its brand, the company behind the note-taking app reflects on its past, present, and future–and the true meaning of “Remember everything.”<p>“Why the hell are we here today?”<p>Chris O’Neill, Evernote’s CEO, is addressing an audience made up of the company’s employees in a tent pitched on …

Productivity

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America

We lasted three years and three days after Dollar General opened. Sales dropped and just kept dropping Doug Nech<p>When Dollar General came to Haven, Kansas, it arrived making demands. The fastest-growing retailer in America wanted the taxpayers of the small, struggling Kansas town to pick up part of …

Dollar General

An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

Nico Walker is in jail for robbing banks.<p>He can use the pay phone for 15 minutes at a time, and then he has to wait a half-hour. It took a while to do an interview.<p>That's also sort of the way he wrote his debut novel, <i>Cherry</i> — on a typewriter, with a hundred-or-so other guys looking over his …

Iraq Veterans

With Wit And Sadness, 'Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine' Has Echoes Of Salinger

I've been a fan of Kevin Wilson's writing since 2011, when I read his debut novel The Family Fang<i>.</i> That novel delved into the life of a husband and wife pair of performance artists who worked their young children into their pieces. Without being pat about it, Wilson drove home the realization that …

Literature

'The Incendiaries' Is An Angsty Back-To-School Novel About Believing In God

R. O. Kwon's pensive debut novel, <i>The Incendiaries,</i> arrives just in time to stoke up "back-to-school" anxieties, especially those of entering college students and their nervous parents.<p><i>The Incendiaries</i> is a campus novel, and so, true to form, it charts a well-worn path from eager innocence to …

Books

almost garter

Well, it’s <i>almost</i> garter stitch. Anxious to get started, I used the only Ultra Alpaca Light I had in the house – one hank of charcoal and one hank of …

Without Breaking New Ground, 'The Death Of Truth' Is Convincing

Ever since the election of Donald Trump as president, pundits have written obituaries for just about every virtue there is. The president's victory and the policies he's enacted, some commentators have argued, has marked the death of civility, tolerance, dignity, freedom and the American dream …

Donald Trump

The 15 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In July 2018

Spring is officially behind us, so get excited: It’s summer reading time. Although that means the longest day of the year has sadly already passed, …

Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Here's the thing about <i>There There</i>, the debut novel by Native American author Tommy Orange: Even if the rest of its story were just so-so — and it's much more than that — the novel's prologue would make this book worth reading.<p>In that 10-page prologue, Orange wittily and witheringly riffs on some …

10 best books of June: the Monitor's picks

<b>1. We Begin Our Ascent, by Joe Mungo Reed</b><br>Debut novelist Joe Mungo Reed propels readers through the fascinating competitive sports world of the Tour …

'A Place For Us' Is A Skillfully-Drawn Family Saga

<i>A Place for Us</i>, the debut novel by author Fatima Farheen Mirza, opens with a kind of homecoming. Amar, the youngest child of an Indian American Muslim family, has returned after a three-year absence to attend his oldest sister Hadia's wedding. Layla, the young man's mother, has been looking forward …

John Boehner Unchained

The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party.<p>WEST CHESTER, Ohio—He swings the golf club like a right-hander, which he is, but putts as a southpaw. Maybe it’s a metaphor for a conservative politician who often turned to liberals in crunch time, but …

Republicans

Hiroshima

I—A Noiseless Flash<p>At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant …

Red Cross

Ten books you should read this September

A new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer, a new Kafka translation and a panoramic history of time travel all feature in this month’s round-up of books to look out for.

Books

Lachlan Morton: Pro Cycling's Unconventional Adventure Rider

<i>Editor's Note: This article first published in the July 2016 print edition of</i> Bicycling. <i>For more stories like it, you can subscribe here.</i><p><b>The bird flapped once,</b> then twice, then leapt into the air from the road. But it took too long to gain lift and the SUV, with bikes atop its roof, was coming too …

Charles Duhigg: How To Become More Productive In The Workplace

I spoke to Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the <i>New York Times</i> and bestselling author of both <i>Smarter Faster Better</i> and <i>The Power of Habit</i>, about why habits exist, why people make certain choices in their lives, the most important research he has uncovered and what you can learn from his new book.<p>Duhigg …

The Easy Daily Habits 24 Executives Say Give Them an Edge

You might be surprised at the routines these high achievers swear by.<p>The most successful people I know share some common traits. They're confident, hard-working, astute with money, and health conscious. They also stick to certain routines proved over time to work. Check out these quotes from 24 …

28 Ideas for Becoming 5 Times More Productive Every Week

You may be doing most things right to get the best of your week but results of your hard work may not so impressive. Maybe it’s your focus and …

Is Iowa Over?

The caucus state fears it won't be a kingmaker in 2016.<p>There is angst here in Iowa. How couldn’t there be? Yes, farmers in the state are worried about the millions of chickens and turkeys dying thanks to an Avian Flu strain devastating birds like never before. But the real angst—the worry lurking …

This sermon is why I'm an Episcopalian

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to <i>The New Yorker</i> since 1977. His memoir is called <i>How About Never — Is Never Good For You?</i><p><i>Originally broadcast March 24.</i><p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. If you love New Yorker cartoons, …

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

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

Lessons from Leadership Guru Warren Bennis

The renowned leadership expert died last week at 89. Here is a selection of his most trenchant quotes.<p>Warren Bennis, a business school professor at University of Southern California for 35 years and the author of 30 books on leadership, died last week at the age of 89. The founding chairman of The …

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting

<i>It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting."</i><p>Explore ideas, places, and opinions.<p>The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.<p>To embarrassment. To …

Writing

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work. How do you stay on top of an overflowing inbox? How do you get work done when your day is taken up by meetings? How can you get through a continually expanding to-do list? How do you even find time to make a …

Agile Selling, A Jill Konrath Manifesto

Jill Konrath is on to something huge. I just completed reading her new book<b>, Agile Selling</b>, available on May 29. It’s a manifesto for learning and …

The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town

For five long and very strange years, death haunted tiny Dryden, NY, a town near the Finger Lakes where a plague of car accidents, suicides, and even …