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Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests

Researchers warn that patients are missing out on potential benefits due to prohibitive regulations on research into recreational drugs<p>Psychedelic drugs could prove to be highly effective treatments for depression and alcoholism, according to scientists who have obtained the first brain scans of …

Psychedelia

“What would a manifesto for bad poetry look like?" The Rumpus has one possibility: http://www.themillions.com/2015/01/the-bad-poetry-manifesto.html

Confessions of a Bad Writer Gone Good

There is a certain kind of bad writing that occurs when you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and have an audience of one. 'Self-indulgent' doesn't begin to describe it, and in fact to do so would minimize the intense feeling of urgency of budding writers of a certain age who feel called to bear …

Another New Murakami Novel is Coming Out This Year

Are you Murakami’d out yet? Well don’t put away those weird ears or talking cats yet — Knopf announced today that they will be releasing an English …

At Last, Scientists Unravel Mystery of Death Valley’s Moving Rocks

The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station.<p>This odd group has captured the first video footage of Death Valley's sailing stones creeping across Racetrack Playa. For a century, these eerie rocks …

Earth Science

Hilary Mantel and Virginia Woolf on the sounds in writers' minds

The two novelists' books reveal how different varieties of hallucination can inspire and threaten creative work<p>• Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read • Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>In the last note she scribbled to her sister, Vanessa, in March, 1941, …

AWP Offers Writer to Writer Mentorship Program

<i>by Maru Pabón</i><p>Starting in September, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs will launch a three-month mentorship program that pairs established …

Hearing voices: what’s your experience when reading?

<b>Update: for a blogpost with a selection of your experiences, head here.</b><p>Hearing voices, speaking to oneself and having imaginary friends are hardly ever perceived as traits of sanity. But have we ever stopped to think why? Is there a scientific foundation to these bad connotations? A study by …

Secrets of amazing teachers: What both sides of the education reform debate get wrong about autonomy and accountability

Everyone knows teachers are key. But the debate over reform and Common Core has stalled. This is a way forward<p>The common view of great teachers is that they are born that way. Like Michelle Pfeiffer’s ex-marine in "Dangerous Minds," Edward James Olmos’s Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver," and …

The One Strange Word You're Seeing/Hearing Everyone Use Right Now

Not long after noticing friends and coworkers using "slash" in everyday conversation, I started seeing it cropping up everywhere, all the time.<p>Either spelled out in five characters ("slash") or just one ("/"), I saw it used to tack on subsequent ideas that could have been expressed in other, …

Study links Oklahoma earthquake swarm with fracking operations

Oklahoma has seen a boom in two things in recent years: oil and gas production and earthquakes.<p>To many residents, the timing says it all. Before the oil and gas industry started drilling so many underground injection wells, they say, it was rare to feel an earthquake. Today, Oklahoma is the …

Geology

Eimear McBride adds Desmond Elliott award to prize haul

Judge Chris Cleave calls on publishers to support debut fiction, or see 'literature murdered on our watch'<p>The prize-winning author Chris Cleave has called on the writers of today to "raise up the next generation of novelists" or "be damned as the ones who let literature be murdered on our watch". …

David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Before writing the poems that make up <i>Hustle</i>, David Tomas Martinez was hustling for a long time. In sidelong verses, he compacts his childhood in the Meadowbrook Houses in San Diego, his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and then his eventual escape into the world of …

The sky is blank but beautiful. Nothing will ever be the same— a cup of emptiness to fill, symbols shaped into a name. Nothing will ever be the same. I cannot mourn without a sense of symbols shaped into a name, alphabet of intelligence. I cannot mourn without a sense of something that transcends the whole alphabet of intelligence, the bees of the invisible. —Rachel Hadas, from “The Bees of the Invisible.” #Poetry in issue 124, Fall 1992: http://tpr.ly/Zgaxob.