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Austin Kleon at the LA Times Festival of Books

They Came From Inner Space: Three Books About Solitude

Writers are a curious bunch, known for holding court at parties, charming their readers publicly, yet also famously — stereotypically — cranky in the daylight hours. They prefer their own quiet shuffling to any other human noise. I, too, admit a certain tendency toward this peculiar, self-inflicted …

“My Life in Middlemarch”: How great books shape us

A writer reflects on how George Eliot created her masterpiece and how it changed her own life<p>Laura Miller<p>January 26, 2014 10:00pm (UTC)<p>George Eliot is the least readily lovable of the great English novelists. Like Dickens, she championed strong moral principles in her fiction, but unlike Dickens, …

Swedish Marines Do Greased Lightning

(YouTube link)<p>A unit of Swedish Marines stationed in Afghanistan recreate the "Greased Lightning" dance sequence from the 1978 movie <i>Grease</i>. Instead …

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.<p>Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.<p>It also features actionable tips …

The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

I was intrigued by an article in the British publication the <i>Telegraph</i> which seemed quite extraordinary. The piece was entitled, "Scientists Find Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel."<p>For a writer, what could be more arresting than such a headline?<p>Among other things, the article said: "Computer …

My New Years' Reading Resolutions. What Are Yours? - Unbound Worlds

Spaceship Earth has just about completed another voyage around the sun, and the time has come once again to reflect on the past year and consider …

An Old-Fashioned New Year's Resolution: Memorize More Poetry!

To begin the new year, I've resolved to go back to something old: in 2014, I'm going to try to memorize a poem a week, each at least a sonnet's length (14 lines). Does this sound weird? I kind of hope it does. I freely admit that there are many other potential New Year's resolutions that I would do …

Can Great Literature Really Change Your Life?

I am a bad reader. I don’t mean that I don’t know how to read or that I don’t understand what I have read. And I’m about average when it comes to …

Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win

[<i>Ed’s note: This piece is excerpted from Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win by Ryan Babineaux, PhD., and John Krumboltz, PhD., with</i> …

What You Missed But Shouldn’t Have In 2013

<b>MOVIE: The Place Beyond the Pines by Derek Cianfrance</b><p>An ambitious, three-part, multi-generational look at the rivalries of a stunt …

3 New Books Explore the Lives of Fashion's Elite

Few things are simultaneously as tight-lipped and wildly ostentatious as the world of fashion. But if you're anything like us, one glimpse sends your voyeuristic tendencies spiraling.<p>This month, the plebeians will be able to peek into the beautiful madness through three new tomes:<p>1. <i>Diana Vreeland</i> …

How To Become A Better Reader

It's easy to fill your time with Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, checking email and glancing at news headlines. But sooner or later you yearn for the pleasure of a good book. The Internet wants us to click every other minute from site to site. This habit can stand in the way of an older kind of …

Mark Forsyth's top 10 lost words

Everybody has, on occasion, looked up a word in a dictionary and let their eye wander to the next word and thought: "Really? There's a word for that?", whether it's the little plastic aglets on the end of your shoelaces or the nurdle of toothpaste squeezed onto your toothbrush in the morning. I …

Steven Pressfield: What's Keeping You From Doing The Work You Love

By Steven Pressfield<p>The author of <i>The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles</i> explains what keeps us from doing what we most want to do—and shows us how to finally get started toward our long-deferred goals.<p>Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived …

New Book Claims Everything You Think You Know About Drugs Is Wrong

View image | gettyimages.com<p>It's not every day you read a book that blows the lid off everything you've ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart's recent work, <i>High Price</i>, does just that. Part memoir, part myth-buster, this fast-paced read details his journey from a violent Miami ghetto to …

Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos

Join Rewards and earn points when you explore and search on MSN.<p>See your recent documents, or start one for free with Office Online.<p>Sign in to your …

40 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes That Are NOT Boring

No dry, flavorless chicken here—you'll want to make everything from crispy cutlets to flavorful soups.<p><b>Chicken breast may be everyone's go-to lean protein</b>—but, man, can it be <i>boring</i>. Too often it's an overcooked afterthought, sautéed and tossed into pasta or tumbled over some greens. Nobody likes …

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Reading the Best 9/11 Novels

“For those in the immediate vicinity, the horror was of course immediate and unmistakable,” columnist Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in the first issue of</i> …

Read James Joyce | how to: Academy

A weekend course on the greatest writer in English since Shakespeare. Taught by a leading Joycean, covering all the works, with the promise to make</i> …

The New Golden Age of Online Book Clubs

As publishing people never tire of repeating, Oprah is the most powerful person in the book world in terms of the sales numbers her endorsements …

Speaking American

Why doesn’t some painstaking pundit attempt a grammar of the American language…? English, that is, as spoken by the great masses of the plain people …

Steve King

Literary Monogamy and Polygamy

There are canon readers and then there are jump-from-author-to-author readers. I've been both.<p>For a number of years, liking a novel by a certain author set me off on a binge of consecutively reading other books by the same author. I did that with Margaret Atwood, Balzac, Willa Cather, Colette, …

Inside the Nazi Mind at the Nuremberg Trials

Why do men commit evil? Were the kommandants who ran the Nazi death camps psychopaths? Did they have subnormal intelligence? Were they just ordinary …

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka | Salon.com

<b>Pokhlebkin reconsidered</b><p>“His name was magical. Legendary,” claimed an article in the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) on the third anniversary of Pokhlebkin’s death. “Many believed it to be a pseudonym for an entire research institute, since one man could not know so much.” Moreover, …

Five Self Assignments That Teach You To See

In my 20 years in photography, I’ve seen a lot of different assignments teachers have given their students. Most I have heard, or been given myself …

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Watch a Great Explanation of the History of Film Compositing – /Film

A lot of you know quite a bit about film, but I bet the video below features a few details that will be new to all but the most technically-aware …