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Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

Running

The Missing Element in your Strength Program

<i>This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on building massive strength for CrossFitters, Endurance Athletes, and the Other guys!:</i><p><b>Part 1 –</b> A Simple Method I …

Celebrate National Punctuation Day with Thousands of Years of Punctuation History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Keith Houston is not a writer by profession, nor is he a trained historian, grammarian, or linguist. …

Here's the List of This Year's MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Twenty-four people received the MacArthur "Genius Grant" phone call this year, meaning they'll get a …

A Memoir About Finding One's Place In The Natural World

The latest addition to a body of work that includes six novels, a short story collection, and editorship of several folk tale anthologies, <i>I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place</i> is just the right sort of read for those who usually take in non-fiction with a grim reluctance, as if it were cod liver …

The Color Purple: devils and dirty linen

The first page took your breath away: a mortified 14-year-old girl has started writing letters to God because she can tell no one else that, although "he never had a kine word to say to me", "he" [her putative daddy] has raped her and warned that she "better … git used to it". Page two, letter two: …

John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’

John Updike once said of his task as a writer, "My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due." …

Fiction: “Americca” by Aimee Bender

<b>(olillia via Shutterstock)</b><p>In a brilliant new story, the masterful Aimee Bender imagines a household where disturbing gifts just keep arriving<p>Aimee Bender<p>August 10, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>From the book THE COLOR MASTER<p>When we came home from the movie that night, my sister went into the bathroom and then …

What Memorization Taught Caleb Crain About His Favorite W.H. Auden Poem

Two decades after first committing "In Praise of Limestone" to memory, Crain continues to find new meanings in the poem's structure and syntax.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Doug McLean<p>There was a time when every able …

Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, and Anne Enright Give Ten Candid Pieces of Writing Advice Each

The way people read on the internet has encouraged the provision of "tips," especially presented as short sentences collected in lists. While we here …

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors

It’s no secret that writers can be quite particular about their writing tools. Some might call it an obsession or fetish, but the pens, pencils, …

Literature

David Foster Wallace's Wonderful Interview About Perfectionism And Ambition

"Perfectionism is very dangerous, because of course if your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything."

The Last Night of the World

One of twelve short stories the late science-fiction legend wrote for Esquire. And, weirdly, perhaps the most lasting.<p><i>Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire</i><p><b>"What would you do</b> if you knew this was the last night of the world?"<p>"What would I do; you mean, seriously?"<p>"Yes, …

Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names

Some classic titles explain themselves, as they reference characters ("The Great Gatsby") or lines from notable passages ("The Catcher in the Rye"). Others are riffs on even older classics ("1Q84"), and still others remain a pleasant mystery ("2666").<p>Unsurprisingly, the titles of many books come …