Tom Hart

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Keep on moving: the bizarre dance epidemic of summer 1518

The claim that the dancers were religious subversives is improbable – it was clear they did not want to be dancing<p>It started with just a few people dancing outdoors in the summer heat. Arms flailing, bodies swaying and clothes soaked with sweat, they danced through the night and into the next day. …

Drums

These 14 Short Story Collections Will Change Your Approach to Life

If you're someone who loves reading but can never seem to find the time for it, we've found a solution: the humble short story. We get it, it can be …

Books

According to Oprah, All Your Arguments Come Down to These 3 Questions

If the answers are no, there's likely going to be a problem.<p>Conflict is complicated.<p>Most of the time, it involves feelings that are both logical and illogical. That thing you're fighting about, whether at home or at work, is about both what's being stated and what's not being stated. It's about …

Oprah Winfrey

Publishers are paying writers a pittance, say bestselling authors

The word exploitation comes to mind. M​any of us are being treated badly Philip Pullman<p>Philip Pullman, Antony Beevor and Sally Gardner are calling on publishers to increase payments to authors, after a survey of more than 5,500 professional writers revealed a dramatic fall in the number able to …

Writing

14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch

It's mighty easy to feel like you don't have time to read — especially quality literature. Life is hectic, jobs are busy and it's much easier to …

Books

Try these 3 writing exercises from Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Less’

“Less,” by Andrew Sean Greer. Credit: Lee Boudreaux Books<p><i>Our June pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This” is Andrew Sean</i> …

Literature

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro, a Canadian master of the short story revered as a thorough but forgiving documenter of the human spirit, won the Nobel Prize in …

Literature

The top 10 stories that shaped the world

The writers, critics and academics voted these as the most influential and enduring works of fiction. Here they explain why.

Literature

How early humans created the paintings found in France's Chauvet cave

And what these paintings tell us about human life 30,000 years ago.<p>Early humans living in Europe might have led challenging lives, but they still …

Art

The Poetry of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)<p>On May 31, 1819, American poet, essayist and journalist <b>Walt Whitman</b> was born. Whitman is among the most influential poets …

Top 10 Poetry Books for Graduates

Here is an array of poetry that just might fit your needs as you consider presents for any type of graduate…I have a privileged position. I really …

Literature

Neural Scans Show What Spiritual Experiences Look Like in the Brain

Encountering a higher power may be as simple as activating parts of the brain.<p>Researchers at Yale and Columbia are taking a closer look at what …

Spirituality

When Poets Write Novels

<i>It’s not just the sentences – though me-o-my, the sentences! – it’s the sensibility. When poets turn their hands to prose, those hands might well</i> …

Exchange Rate

Poetry in translation takes off <i>Jordan Davis</i><p>Poets steal. T.S. Eliot concealed this offhand assertion in plain sight 90 years ago in his essay on …

The Story Comes First: Where to Start with Story Structure

I’m a discovery writer: my preferred method of storytelling involves as little outlining as possible. I usually like to start with a group of …

Writing

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

An introduction to the writer’s library.<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at</i> …

Books

20 Notoriously Underrated Writers You Should Be Reading

What makes an author underrated? Well, there’s an argument to be made that most literary writers are—by virtue of the fact that these days they are …

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time: A Playlist Curated by Pitchfork

What makes a good ambient record? I’m not sure I can even begin to answer that question, and I count myself a longtime fan of the genre, such as it …

Something Weird Happened to Men 7,000 Years Ago, And We Finally Know Why

The women, on the other hand, were fine.<p>Around 7,000 years ago - all the way back in the Neolithic - something really peculiar happened to human …

Anthropology

New Evidence Reveals a 17,000-Year-Old Coastal Route Into North America

The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so the theory goes. A new theory has …

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

The Obamas Signed a Multi-Year Deal With Netflix, and Every Entrepreneur Should Learn This 1 Lesson From It

The people, brands, and companies that are embracing their role as a media company are increasing their platforms and winning new audiences.<p>Today Netflix announced a multi-year agreement with former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. In a statement on Twitter, Netflix said the …

Michelle Obama

Does Anyone Know What These Knobbly Orbs Are For?

No one can figure out these Neolithic artifacts. We want your best guesses.<p>On first glance, these intricately carved knobbly orbs might appear to be …

Archaeology

Michael Ondaatje on the Books He Loves to Reread

These are books I have read more than twice, and will again. (It is impossible of course to select only a handful of books. I could just as easily …

Literature

Poets & Writers Theater

Tell Me How It Ends<p>“I hear words spoken in the mouths of children, threaded in complex narratives.” At a 92nd Street Y event, Valeria Luiselli reads …

Books

Before K-pop or K-beauty, there was Korean literature. Before the vivid, strange writing in translation of contemporary South Korean writers (including Han Kang, Hwang Jungeun, and Bae Suah) and writers of the Korean-American diaspora (such as Min Jin Lee, Patty Park, and Alexander Chee), there was

Before K-pop or K-beauty, there was Korean literature. Before the vivid, strange writing in translation of contemporary South Korean writers …

Optimism: A Poetic Stop-Motion Celebration of Nature’s Resilience and the Persistence of Life Against All Odds

A spare and lovely ode to that which we so easily forget yet which animates the center of existence.<p>One spring morning in 2017, walking along a San Francisco sidewalk, I was arrested by the sight of a tiny weed poking through the crevice between a concrete wall and a chain link fence, boldly …

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

Home Improvement

The Crazy Legacy of Jack Kirby’s Forgotten 2001: A Space Odyssey

When director Stanley Kubrick released <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> 50 years ago, he intended it to be a "nonverbal experience." The movie’s dialogue was …