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8 steps you should take if you want to write a book

But publishing isn't the hardest part of writing a book. Not even close. It's the writing.<p>If you're not a full-time writer, living in a cabin in the woods, how will you actually write your book?<p>How will you do the work of writing when the demands of real life threaten to overwhelm your already busy …

Writing

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Migrant Workers

Greg Jackson's top 10 books to make you a better person

Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life,” wrote Thoreau, …

Books

The 100 Best American Movies in Film History

To make this list—which I’m absolutely sure will be totally definitive, with no need for anyone to ever debate it, right?—critics from around the …

Can Google’s Deep Dream become an art machine?

The company’s neural network has created a slew of beautiful and at times terrifying images, and is being harnessed to create unique artwork<p>Over the last weekend in February one of Google’s computer science departments, Research at Google, co-hosted Deep Dream: the art of neural networks, with the …

Art

Photographer Spends Hours in Open Waters to Capture Exquisite Moments of Glass-Like Waves

Wearing only a bathing suit and a pair of fins, Tahiti-based photographer Ben Thouard encapsulates the beauty and power of the ocean’s waves. Gorgeous images of crystal-clear waters and picturesque sunsets are the result of him spending countless hours navigating the waters with his camera. “The …

Watercolor Paintings Candidly Capture the Expressive Faces of India

Artist Rajkumar Sthabathy uses watercolors to capture the essence of India. Within his expressive paintings, Sthabathy depicts candid scenes witnessed on the streets of his homeland. There are the rickshaw drivers who make their way through crowded streets, vendors who work to sell their wares, and …

Art

How to Change Your Life: An Epic, 5,000-Word Guide to Getting What You Want

A book's worth of wisdom condensed into a blog post that, when applied, really will change your life.The post How to Change Your Life: An Epic, …

The Final Question About David Foster Wallace's Suicide

The new biopic The End of the Tour forces us to ask: Do we worship Wallace because he killed himself?<p>The greatest surprise of <i>The End of the Tour</i> is that it is what it says it is—a straight adaptation of David Lipsky's <i>Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself</i>, which is itself a straight …

Literature

Robert Reich: The rich have bought America’s silence

The former secretary of labor on the insidious ways colleges and nonprofits are beholden to their wealthy donors<p>Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly before I began, the head of the congregation asked that I not advocate raising taxes on …

Middle-class

These Molded Trees Grow Into Fully Formed Chairs, Tables, And Lamps

U.K.-based company Full Grown offers a simpler, more eco-friendly way to manufacture wooden furniture with their forest of chairs and tables.<p>Making wooden furniture from scratch is a complicated process: you grow a tree for 60 or more years, only to chop it down, peel off its bark, cut it up into …

Furniture

Stunning photos of Iran's mosques | CNN Travel

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Apps

The future of books is on your phone, not your tablet

An interview with Oyster co-founder Willem Van Lancker<p>Subscription book app Oyster has come a long way since launching just over a year ago. The service has more than quadrupled its library of books to 500,000, landed big publishers like Disney, and released apps on several new platforms like the …

5 disturbing facts that show the system is rigged against America’s middle class

The 1 percent is rapidly vacuuming up the country’s wealth, and things have only gotten worse since the recession<p>A recent posting detailed how upper middle class Americans are rapidly losing ground to the one-percenters who <b>averaged $5 million</b> in wealth gains over just <i>three years</i>. It also noted that …

The Meaning of Human Existence

• <b>Author:</b> Edward O. Wilson<p>National Book Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?"<br>In The Meaning of Human …

Statues of writers around the world — a photo gallery

Edgar Allen Poe wasn’t especially nostalgic about Boston, famously dismissing his bigger-than-its-britches birthplace as Frogpondia. But no hard feelings: the self-styled Athens of America yesterday unveiled a statue of its native son — a mere 165 years after his death.<p>Already honored in other …

Blackout: How Argentina ‘Eliminated’ Africans From Its History And Conscience

Tens of millions of black Africans were forcibly removed from their homelands from the 16th century to the 19th century to toil on the plantations …

Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city

<b>Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city, which was hidden for centuries. New archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets - including an elaborate network of temples and boulevards, and sophisticated engineering.</b><p>In April 1858 a young French explorer, Henri …

Archaeology

The Smartest Kids in the World

• <b>Author:</b> Amanda Ripley<p>How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers? <i>The Smartest Kids in the World</i> “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange....The …

Hallucinations

• <b>Author:</b> Oliver Sacks<p>Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?<p>Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, …

This Is Your Brain on Music

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel J. Levitin<p><b>In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain.</b><p>Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music …

Impoverished Individuals Defy The Laws Of Physics To Survive

In 3rd world countries around the world, transporting goods via freight just isn't an option or a luxury the vast majority of traders can afford.<p>Many …

This Explains Everything

• <b>Author:</b> John Brockman<p>In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we …

The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie

Inequality, conservatives insist, is natural. Trying to combat it will slow growth. Well, guess who now says otherwise? Standard and Poor’s.<p>First …

Traditional 40’s Pinup Photos With Models Wearing High Speed Milk

London based photographer, Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, has created a 12 month calendar inspired by retro calendars from the 1940’s pinup girl. Except …

Photography

Brilliant Blunders

• <b>Author:</b> Mario Livio<p>Drawing on the lives of five great scientists, this “scholarly, insightful, and beautifully written book” (Martin Rees, author of <i>From Here to Infinity</i>) illuminates the path to scientific discovery.<p>Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and …

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.<p>Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. When Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his …