Lisa Mikulski

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Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read

An overstuffed bookcase (or e-reader) says good things about your mind.<p>Lifelong learning will help you be happier, earn more, and even stay healthier, experts say. Plus, plenty of some of the smartest names in business, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, insist that the best way to get smarter is to …

eReaders

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

What if You’re Just Not Good Enough to be a Successful Writer?

What if you’re not good enough?What if you <i>enjoy</i> writing … but you’re actually pretty rubbish at it?What if any success you’ve had so far has just …

Writing

My Favorite Freelance Writing Hashtags

Proper use of freelance writing hashtags allows you to signal to social media users that your content is of interest to those in the freelance …

Writing

16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity over health of planet

More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help …

Crime

Trump Is Cracking Up

Paul Joseph Watson is an editor and staff writer for Infowars, the website published by archconspiracist Alex Jones. Stories on the site claim that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax and the “deep state” orchestrated August’s racist mayhem in Charlottesville, Va. On Wednesday, when Donald Trump …

List of Important Physical Constants

Physics is described in the language of mathematics, and the equations of this language make use of a wide array of physical constants. In a very …

Physics

The 11 biggest victories against Trump by the resistance

We are in the midst of a host of battles over the fate of the nation and the earth, and the outcome is in no small part up to us. We can win if we try<p>It has been a grueling year for people who care about human rights, climate change, and whatever remains of value in federal institutions from the …

Maxine Waters

A Quartet of Little Paris Apartments that Prove that Less is More

Since Europeans have mastered the art of living small and Parisians are some of the most stylish people in the world, it stands to reason that Paris …

Small Spaces

My life as a divorced woman is nothing like ‘Wild’ or ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

“I still got it! I still got it! I still got it! Thank God!”<p>It wasn’t my most profound thought as I lay on the edge of my bed, heels on the floor, ready to have sex with a man who was not my husband. Achingly ready. While I looked at the top of Blake’s dark-blond head between my knees, that quote …

Trails

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

IDEAS<p>Walter Isaacson is the author of “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.” Isaacson, the CEO …

Creativity

Trump has ushered in America’s darkest hour

If every senator looks into the mirror and sees a future president, then every president looks into that same mirror and sees himself on Mount Rushmore . President Trump, a mess of a man but brimming with self-regard, probably already sees himself up there with Washington, Jefferson, Teddy …

History

Germany grapples with integration after opening its borders

BERLIN — Anas Maghrebi rolled his drumsticks back and forth between his thumb and forefinger.<p>The 27-year-old singer-songwriter fled Syria's civil war and landed on the Greek island of Lesbos in September 2015, at the peak of Europe’s migrant crisis.<p>His post-rock band made its way north to Germany, …

Refugees

The Best Books of December 2017: From Chiaverini to Arden

A Novel of Ada Lovelace<p>In <i>Enchantress of Numbers</i>, Jennifer Chiaverini breathes life into the too-often-forgotten story of Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who is considered by many to be the very first computer programmer. Ada grew up estranged from her famous poet father, mainly due to the …

Books

In Search of Silence

Erling Kagge, a 54-year-old Norwegian explorer, author and publisher, was sitting one morning last month in the private gardens at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a green oasis of relative quiet in the West Village of Manhattan.<p>“You never find a place that is total silence,” Mr. Kagge said. …

Freelance Writing Tools: 16 Must-haves for Growing Your Biz

I get it.<p>Choosing a set of freelance writing tools to run your business isn’t exactly the sexiest thing about being self-employed, but let me tell ya…<p>…

Writing

The Heart-Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

In a recent nonfiction workshop I taught at Sarah Lawrence College, a female student cringed when I suggested she include more of her own story in an …

Jonathan Franzen

Cheryl Strayed is Fed Up with Memoir-Bashing

Cheryl Strayed is a feminist phenomenon, what with her dazzling, bestselling memoir <i>Wild</i>, and her wildly popular <i>Dear Sugar</i> advice column, which is now …

Books

You’re Getting Better With Age. Your Makeup Should, Too.

These days many makeup artists are less likely to talk about hiding a woman’s age and wrinkles than about playing up her individual gifts. “For me to get a great result on an older woman, age is not what I see,” said David De Leon, a makeup artist who often works with Jane Fonda. “I look for her …

Makeup

Scrivener writing app gets a huge update

As ancient as the art of writing is, there is a bit of a shortage when it comes to truly excellent writing applications. Scrivener is one of the few, and today, the app has gotten a major update.<p>Scrivener works for both professional writers and hobbyists, giving an assortment of options for …

Scrivener

New York Times’ Glenn Thrush has a history of bad judgment with young female reporters - Vox

Several women told Vox about their experiences with the star reporter, and the Times has suspended him pending an investigation.<p>Sexual harassment claims against yet another powerful man in media inspired New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush to post an impassioned note on his …

Glenn Thrush

10 Ways An Author Website Can Enhance Your Writing Career

At Writer’s Relief, we’ve done a pretty thorough job discussing the importance of making a good first impression to editors and agents through …

Publishing

Search Results for “sontag harnessed”

Recently, in writing about astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer when asked what books “every intelligent person on the planet should read,” I lamented in a semi-aside the complete lack of female voices among his selections and the general lack of female cultural icons’ public reading lists …

Literature

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

Resources for writers - Lisa Mikulski - Writer

As I began rebuilding my writing career here in the States, there were a number of things I needed to do in order to better position myself for …

Writing

Nine Must-Have Beauty Products from Local Brands

These cult favorite products are worth a try.<p>By · 4/28/2017, 10:51 a.m.<p>If you’ve ever wandered into a beauty store—or, heck, the shampoo aisle at the …

Beauty

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Authors

Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation

<i>“It gives me such a sense of peace to draw; more than prayer, walks, anything,”</i> Sylvia Plath wrote in her diary when she first began working on her little-known drawings. <i>“The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,”</i> the great Milton Glaser …

Creativity

ProWritingAid: The Complete Editing Tool For Writing Better Content

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to think your work does not need editing.<p>Whether you’ve been writing for 20 years or 2 years, …

Nick Harkaway: ‘I have a firework going off in my head and I have to describe it’

The novelist on technology, surveillance and having John le Carré for a father<p>‘If everybody was incredibly committed to acts of kindness and charity in a ubiquitous circle of love and whatever,” Nick Harkaway waves his hands as the words come tumbling out, “we’d be living in a utopia now. People …

Books