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Best Book Writing Software: The 6 Documents You Always Need Open as a Writer

If you’ve been around The Write Practice long, you’ll have noticed we’ve recently talked a lot about which book writing software you should use. …

Writing

My 10 Favorite Books: Michelle Dockery

<i>For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is the actress Michelle Dockery, who is best known for</i> <i>her role in “Downton Abbey.</i><i>” Dockery</i> <i>co-stars</i> <i>in “The</i> …

Books

From 'alibi' to 'mauve': what famous writers' most used words say about them

Zadie Smith’s ‘evil eye’, JK Rowling’s ‘dead of night’ … favourite phrases – and cliches – tell a fascinating story<p>When Ray Bradbury was asked to contribute his favourite word for the 1995 book <i>The Logophile’s Orgy</i>, he chose cinnamon: “The word cinnamon derives, I suppose, from visiting my grandma’s …

Books

11 Street Style 'It' Items to Watch Out For During New York Fashion Week

Gucci logo shirts, for sure.<p>Author:<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>1694<p>Gucci logo shirts, for sure.<p>1.7K<p>SHARES<p>Happy first day of New York Fashion Week! Time …

Jessica Chastain's Style Evolution As the Ultimate Red Carpet Chameleon

Throughout her career actress, activist, and film producer Jessica Chastain has been a consummate chameleon both on the screen and on the red carpet. Since her break-through role in <i>The Tree of Life</i> only six years ago, Chastain has made an indelible mark on the fashion and movie worlds alike; …

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works<p>Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in your …

Digital Art

Women's Photos Of Their #MarchingShoes Will Fire You Up

As the Women’s March draws near, people are busy making signs, wrapping up last-minute travel logistics and playing their favorite feminist fight songs.<p>On social media, participants from all around the globe are sharing photos of the #MarchingShoes they’ll wear tomorrow. Along with the picture, …

Human Rights

The Most Effective Way to Say No Is to Say You "Don't," not You "Can't"

It’s an understatement that learning to say no is a critical life skill. It’s important both personally and professionally, and once you learn how to …

Productivity

How Creative Achievement Eases Your Fear Of Dying

Creative luminaries have spoken over the years of how death and a desire to live on through their art is a driving force in their work.<p>Among them was the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who said he spread his work “so that when I’m dead and gone people will know that the 21st century was …

Creativity

To Give Better Feedback, Follow This Ancient Advice

“Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”<p>Giving feedback is unquestionably one of the most challenging tasks for any leader, as it can be painful to both the giver and receiver. It is nonetheless invaluable: Research has shown that employees recognize the importance of feedback–whether positive or …

Psychology

Why writing a miserably bad first draft is essential

My library of books about writing expands every year, but no author has shaped and affirmed my writing process like Anne Lamott.<p>In “Bird by Bird,” …

Chewbacca Singing 'Silent Night' Is the 'Star Wars' Christmas Carol You Didn't Know You Needed

Even Wookiees can sing Christmas carols.<p>The holiday classic "Silent Night" has gotten a "Star Wars" spin, thanks to the YouTube account How It Should Have Ended and viral video creator James Covenant. Their joint project features Chewbacca singing the carol, but instead of getting actor Peter …

Star Wars

The 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

RANKED: The 10 best movies of 2016

So needless to say, there were a lot of great titles in the running for my 10 best this year.<p>It was hard, but here they are — the films that confirmed why I love going to the movies so much (plus a couple that I felt needed to be mentioned).

Domestic Violence

Eye Contact Can Be Really Intense For Your Brain

If eye contact has always felt a bit overwhelming for you, it’s not all in your head.<p>Maintaining direct eye contact really is strenuous for the brain, according to new research, and it uses up scarce cognitive resources that we need for things like reasoning and verbal processing.<p>There are many …

Humanity

13 books you absolutely HAVE to read before they become movies in 2017

Whether you are a purist or you just like to know what you are getting yourself into before you begin a film, you understand the importance of …

Miami Basel/Wynwood 2016 Wrap: Parade Of Eye-Popping Beauty At A Portentous Time

An embarrassment of riches in so many ways, the Wynwood Street Art and mural scene is outrageously sexy, flashy, ugly, posey, pretty, proliferate and quizzically content-free. The annual outdoor urban art visual carnival that accompanies Art Basel in Miami is full of hi/low expectation and …

Streetwear

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Time Management

Cyber Monday: Some 122 Million Americans Expected to Shop Online

Even though far more Americans shopped online than in stores over the Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend, they are apparently not done yet.<p>A survey …

Cyber Monday

These Expert Writing Tips Will Guarantee Your Blog Posts Get Read

Digital marketing expert Neil Patel shares his top tips for writing blog posts that people will read--and share.<p><i>This article also appeared on LinkedIn.</i><p>Neil Patel is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded several successful web analytics firms such as Crazy Egg and Kissmetrics.<p>He's also one of the …

Writing

Canada trade minister says free trade deal with EU not dead

Canada's potential free trade deal with the European Union is not dead, though the ball is now in Europe's court for completing the pact, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Monday.<p>Freeland spoke shortly after European Council President Donald Tusk said he thought a summit planned …

Magic, Mechanics, and Hard Work

I have a story for you. (It starts out pretty sad, but gets better.)<p>Late in 2015 I had a soul-sucking, horrible, awful, no-good day job.<p>It really was …

Writing

Whenever you lie, your brain adjusts to make telling bigger whoppers easier, study finds

Telling small lies causes changes in the brain that lead people down a “slippery slope” towards increasingly large acts of dishonesty, according to a …

Florida Supreme Court says state’s new death penalty law is unconstitutional

Just seven months after Florida revamped its death penalty law, the state’s Supreme Court struck down the new statute as unconstitutional because it does not require juries to be unanimous about handing down the sentences.<p>With a pair of rulings Friday, the Florida Supreme Court further added to the …

U.S. Supreme Court

How the Geometry of Movies Can Change the Way We Think

Circles. Triangles. Squares. Those aren’t the things you expect to see in a movie but films have been using shapes to subtly influence emotion for a …

Paris Fashion Week meets Studio 54 as disco-inspired fashions boogie down the runways

The collections that came down the catwalks here during Paris Fashion Week may be destined for stores in the spring of 2017, but in many ways, they felt like a four-decade time hop back to 1977, when disco was still king and the push was on for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.<p>It wasn't …

ICYMI: If You're Smart, Thank Your Mom

Sorry, dads—research says kids' IQ comes from their mamas.<p>Hey, moms! Your kid just aced her science test? Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Because according to a recent post on <i>Psychology Spot,</i> kids' smarts come from their mamas.<p>That's right. While we've always known intelligence is …

All of Heidi Klum's Halloween Costumes Over the Years

Does anyone do Halloween costumes better than Heidi Klum? <i>Nein.</i> Her annual Halloween bash has been happening for 17 years and counting now, and each year Klum debuts a getup even...

Van Gogh masterpieces stolen from Amsterdam in daring heist 14 years ago turn up in Italian mafia's country mansion

Two famous Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in a daring heist from an Amsterdam museum 14 years ago have been found in an Italian country home owned by an alleged drug boss with links to the Naples Camorra.<p>The paintings, estimated to be worth a total €100 million (£86 million), were stolen from the Van …

Art

Being Taught in Your Preferred Learning Style Has No Influence on Your Learning Ability, Study Finds

We talk a lot about learning styles here on Big Think – how they don’t really exist, why embracing them is dangerous, and why they’re still being …

Pedagogy