Lisa Mikulski

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Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook

As a lover — and keeper — of diaries and notebooks, I find myself returning again and again to the question of what compels us — what propels us — to record our impressions of the present moment in all their fragile subjectivity. From <b>Joan Didion’</b>s 1968 anthology <b>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</b> (<i>public</i> …

Literature

Victories against Trump are mounting. Here's how we deal the final blow

The judiciary, legislative and media have all helped keep Trump in check. But it’s the residents of the United States whose response will matter most in the end<p>In this moment, populist intervention is everything, not as hate and attack but as an expression of popular will and power. Or as love, …

James Comey

What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

Before the books arrived, Adam Gopnik, in an effort to be polite, almost contradicted the essential insight of his life. An essayist, critic, and …

Journalism

Paul Ryan gave a spot-on speech on the baseball shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a lot of awfulness in Washington today as the city and its political class grapple with the shootings at a Republican baseball practice that left five people wounded including Rep. Steve Scalise, the 3rd ranking Republican in the House.<p>But, out of awfulness (almost) always comes …

Steve Scalise

Writers, The Loneliest Artists of All

I’m never as lonely as when I’m in a crowded room. It’s always been that way; as a child, I’d always wish I could slip away from family functions, …

The Incredible Salt Cave In Connecticut That Completely Relaxes You

The Saltana Cave is one of a kind, and the effects of this visit are worth bragging about. Hanging out in a salt cave can keep you from catching …

Why We Write About Ourselves: Some of Today’s Most Celebrated Writers on the Art of Telling Personal Stories That Unravel Universal Truth

“Making art is all about humans and our psychology: who we are, how we behave, what we do with the hand we’ve been dealt. It’s closer to your own bone when it’s a memoir, but the bone is still the bone.”<p><i>“Oh, let’s not be petty, seeking sincerity in memoirs doesn’t make much sense,”</i> the great Polish …

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

Many of us were introduced to daily writing in high school, when an English teacher forced us to keep a journal. While we may have bemoaned our lots …

3 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Freelance

If you've ever considered freelancing as a way to earn income, now is the time to start.<p>I was recently invited to the local art school to speak on a panel about the business of freelancing. The students were eagerly asking questions about what the market is like, pricing, sales, branding and …

Writing

How to Live Cheaply and Finish Your Novel

When you’re starting life as a writer—and even after you’ve graduated from newbie to whatever comes next—two questions will inevitably plague you: 1) …

Go early, stay late and 9 other tips to expand your writing vocabulary

<i>Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by</i> …

3 Key Components to Building Your Healthy Self-Care Routine

Establishing a good self-care routine can sort of be compared to putting on an oxygen mask when an airplane cabin loses pressure. “Put your own mask …

The Emancipation of the MILF

About six years ago, Claire Dederer realized she had a problem. The problem had to do with sex. It had to do with desire. It had to do with being a …

Writers recommend great books you've (probably) never heard of

A new book app is challenging the notion that reading “well” necessarily means falling back on the same old classics, from Trollope to Tolstoy. Each week, Alexi, a “digital book club”, turns to writers for inspiration, asking them to rout out hidden gems which are then offered to members to read on …

Books

In Praise of Randomness in Street Photography

Dear friend, I have a very simple theory on how to be a better photographer: move more, plan less, and allow more randomness and serendipity to enter …

Street Photography

Can you write your way to happiness?

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?<p>”This groundbreaking tool will change your life,” claims <i>MindJournal</i>, a £9.99 collection of quizzes and writing exercises that it …

Productivity

This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Everyone has a story to tell.<p>Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her …

Writing

23 Silver Foxes Who Are Almost Too Hot To Handle

Zaddy status.<p>Age ain’t nothing but a number ― and this ~fire~ list is proof.<p>Below, 23 distinguished gents who just get better and better with age.

Fashion

12 No-Cook Recipes for Hot Summer Nights

12 Healthy No-Cook Recipes for Hot Summer Nights<p>Hot days call for cool recipes. Try these 12 that’ll keep you far from the stove.<p>July 18, 2016, 12:10 …

Nayyirah Waheed on love, life and light!

<i>"Poems come as they will. They come as they want, when I’m waking, eating, exercising, chatting with someone. Sometimes they come to me as a whole,</i> …

Poetry

Why I Quit Being a Writer

In the late 1990s, when I wanted more than anything to be a famous writer, I took a job as assistant to J.D. Salinger’s literary agent at Harold Ober …

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD)

A good disaster story never fails to fascinate — and, given that it actually happened, the story of Pompeii especially so. Buried and thus frozen in …

Hear Bob Dylan’s Newly-Released Nobel Lecture: A Meditation on Music, Literature & Lyrics

The furor surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win in Literature last October now seems several ages away. What was all that about again? Could it …

Literature

Newsonomics: CEO Mark Thompson thinks The New York Times can “aspire to a different order of magnitude”

What’s the life cycle of change for a modern news organization? How about 18 months?<p>“We are finding that about once every 18 months, there’s some new big strategy statement,” New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told me this week after the announcement of a digital reorganization that included the …

Journalism

James Comey and the Predator in Chief

As I listened to James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, tell the Senate Intelligence Committee about his personal meetings and phone calls with President Trump, I was reminded of something: the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss. There was precisely that …

James Comey

Why Reading Is the Most Intelligent Thing You Can Do

Reading plays an integral role in developing our intelligence, problem-solving, and analytical skills. All good reasons to do more of it.<p>We've all had it embedded within us since the day we were born: The only way to become smarter, no matter what you study or where you are, is to read. What few …

Alzheimer's Disease

Reuters’ new survey suggests that readers are getting (a bit) smarter about verifying breaking news

When it comes to news literacy, there’s a lot to be pessimistic about these days. Plenty of people are still reading and sharing fake new stories from dubious sources, while others are wary about real news stories from legitimate ones.<p>But Reuters’ latest Tomorrow’s News report suggests that some …

Journalism

The Incompetence Defense

Republican senators suggest Trump is innocent because he didn’t try very hard to obstruct justice, or because he was bad at it.<p>During former FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before the Senate on Thursday, Republican senators settled on a pair of strange arguments for why President …

Government

What’s it like to be blocked by Trump on Twitter? ‘I didn’t think it was real.

Jordan Thompson’s reaction to getting blocked by President Donald J. Trump on Twitter came in three waves.<p>First, there was confusion. Thompson, a New …