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The language of photography

Photography and technical jargon go together like a DSLR and a hot shoe mounted flash. If you're new to photography there's a lot of lingo to know, particularly around the camera and its equipment. There's ISO, White Balance, RAW, etc.<p>It can be intimidating to try and navigate the world of …

Eating out in Japanese: a guide to Japan's restaurants

The Japanese love to eat out, and the profusion of culinary options, even in the smallest towns, can be overwhelming. There’s something for every taste and budget, from humble slurp-and-go noodle stands, to refined traditional eateries serving seasonal fare. With Japan’s range of dishes and cooking …

5 Focal Points for Writers Reading Books

I always get a good laugh when, invariably, my writers come back to me and say, “How on earth can you read for pleasure? You’ve ruined reading for …

25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

When I first started the My Name Is Not Bob blog, I really didn't have any goals or objectives. I just wanted a place to make posts that didn't fit …

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Writers

Maybe two of the most over-worked "buzz" terms for writers are <i>platform</i> and <i>social media</i>. The two are often connected, because it's generally …

Best Blogs for Writers to Read in 2012

As I said in last year's best blogs list, there are so many blogs out there by and for writers. The list below identifies blogs that I personally …

Isaac Asimov’s Wise and Witty Response to Those Who Question the Value of Investing in Space Exploration

The quest to understand our place in the cosmos has long mesmerized humanity. Dreams of space travel captivated our collective imagination long before the Space Race materialized as a reality. Indeed, this very spirit of exploration and curiosity has been, as Brian Cox elegantly put it, “the rocket …

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read

<i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> Isabel Allende advised, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> <i>“Inspiration is for amateurs,”</i> Chuck Close famously proclaimed, <i>“the rest of us just show up and get to work.”</i> <i>“When you work regularly,”</i> Gretchen Rubin asserted, <i>“inspiration strikes regularly.”</i> But as …

50 Books to Read Before You're 11 3/4: Book Riot's Twenty-Five

I’m just back from six weeks in the UK, where the amazing National Trust has an advertising campaign on the go called 50 Things to Do Before You’re …

This Is Water: David Foster Wallace on Life

On September 12, 2008, David Foster Wallace took his own life, becoming a kind of patron-saint of the “tortured genius” myth of creativity. Just three years prior to his suicide, he stepped onto the podium at Kenyon College and delivered one of the most timeless graduation speeches of all time — …

10 Great Websites for #Longreads Fans

Say what you want about the Internet being the vast wasteland where people go to mindlessly click pictures of pugs (no shame) and help prolong …

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any …