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The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

9 Things I Wish I’d Known about Writing from the Beginning « Fantasy-Faction

The other day, I had a lovely conversation with a friend who is also a writer. We both have very similar writing styles, but arrived there from two …

Creative Writing

How to Write a 'Big Book'

Lots of writers dream of writing a big book.<p>A book that gets advertised and reviewed everywhere. A book that people are reading on trains, planes, and listening to in their cars on cross country trips or morning commutes.<p>A book that everyone sees at airport book racks. A book that makes all the …

Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice

There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky. When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you …

Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta

Note by the Editor-in-Chief: <i>This post was written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits when we first started this blog. It offers the clearest instructions</i> …

Creative Writing

Falling Out Of Love With Writing? How To Rekindle The Flame - Writer's Relief, Inc.

A writing career is like a long marriage. Sometimes the creative process makes you feel passionate and alive, and sometimes it can feel about as …

Creative Writing

9 Famous Authors Rejected by Publishers

Connect with Us<p>9 Famous Authors Rejected by Publishers<p>By Stephanie Ostroff<p>Manuscript complete, a young British writer dashed off his first novel for …

The 100 best novels: No 71 – The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (1951)

Graham Greene’s moving tale of adultery and its aftermath ties together several vital strands in his work<p>There are many Greenes, and almost all of them – the thriller writer (<i>The Third Man</i>), the entertainer (<i>Our Man in Havana</i>), the contemporary political novelist (<i>The Quiet American</i>), the …

Photographer Shoots a Portrait of Every Book Reader Spotted on the Subway

“The Last Book” is an interesting series of images collected by Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen, who spent 13 weeks over 3 years scouring the …

Photography

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether …

_Vogue'_s Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Art Basel Guide<p>The annual December pilgrimage known as Art Basel Miami Beach is by now such a calendar staple that the question “Are you going to Miami?” is probably even more common an inquiry in fashion circles than “Are you going to couture?” Contrary to popular opinion, though, the week …

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>Whistling in the Dark</i> (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57. That book, now in its 13th printing, sparked six more …

How the Nobel Prize Was Born: A Surprising Story of Bad Journalism, Existential Guilt, and Dynamite

The only thing more interesting than the colorful history of Nobel Prize laureates — including such remarkable humans as Marie Curie, not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize but also the first person and the only person until recently to win a Nobel in two different sciences, Aung San Suu …

10 Books That Shaped Our Teenage Years

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Linda Bernstein<p>Let me begin with this: The kind of YA (Young Adult) books that are marketed to teens these days (think <i>The Hunger Games</i>) didn’t exist when we boomers were in our teens.<p>In fact, I’d argue that the first actual YA book wasn’t published until 1967. I’m …

Aftermath

Project info<p>As a photographer, I've spent most of my career looking deeply into the spaces we inhabit. The idea of Home - what it meant and how it felt, preoccupied my thinking. Almost all my pictures were of the spaces we live in or the things we live with. But at the age of 31, a diagnosis of …

The Consequences of Working for Free

More than a few articles have been written on the detrimental effects of working for free in the photo industry. Unsurprisingly, the same issue has …

Bad sex in fiction award includes Booker winner among shortlist targets

Bad sex award,Fiction,Awards and prizes,Books,Richard Flanagan,Man Booker prize 2014,Culture,Booker prize,Michael Cunningham,Haruki Murakami,Kirsty Wark,Media<p>Richard Flanagan's unlikely metaphors lined up against writers including Haruki Murakami and Kirsty Wark

20 Life-Changing Books!

If you want to change your body, change what you eat and how you exercise. If you want to change your outlook on life, change what you read and put it into practice.<p>Listed below are twenty life-changing books. Unless you are determined to be miserable (which, strangely enough, some people are), …

Books

Follow This Guideline to Get Tack Sharp Focus While Hand Holding your Camera

Blurry images are the bane of a photographer’s existence. I’ve yet to meet a photographer who has ever stated anything even remotely resembling the …

Video: On Assignment with a New York Times Staff Photographer

From elbowing through a massive crowd and finding the right angle for a shot to the difficulties of uploading photos from the field, Deborah Acosta’s …

How To Write a Crime Novel Like James Ellroy

James Ellroy is the preeminent crime novelist of our time. As his just-released Perfidia rolls out, he talks to Co.Create about how to write immersive page-turners like his classic, L.A. Confidential.<p>Everything that happens in a James Ellroy novel happens <i>right now</i>. Short, compact sentences hit in …

The Art and Science of Bokeh: 3 Simple Ideas to Create Better Background Blur

Both bokeh and blur are terms that are used interchangeably in photography. Bokeh comes from the way the lens pulls in the points of light that are …

Montaigne and the Double Meaning of Meditation

<i>“We all have the same inner life,”</i> beloved artist Agnes Martin said in a wonderful lost interview. <i>“The difference lies in the recognition. The artist has to recognize what it is.”</i> But in an age where we compulsively seek to optimize our productivity, the art of presence with and recognition of our …

How To Figure Out Your Most Productive Time Of Day

When your days already feel jam-packed, how can you afford to experiment with productivity? Get to the bottom of time-wasting habits.<p>It’s classic productivity advice: Match your most important work to your most productive hours. If you do that, you’ll get a lot more done.<p>But this advice assumes you …

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