Neil McPherson

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The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers by Frances Caballo

Have you been ignoring Twitter? Do you think you don’t have time for it? Well, I’m here to try to convince you that Twitter is worth your energy.<p>We …

MH370 Crew Was Likely Unconscious

Elliot Rodger’s father says of killings – we did not see it coming

The father of a British-born gunman who killed six people in California last month has spoken publicly about the attack for the first time, saying he had believed there was no way that his son "could hurt a flea".<p>Film-maker Peter Rodger, second unit director on The Hunger Games series of films, …

Now and then - London bridges: in pictures

The ghostly images, which juxtapose historic views with their present day perspective, have been created using photographs showcased in Museum of London Docklands’ new art exhibition <b>Bridge</b>. The original photographs were taken by renowned late 19th and 20th century photographers, including Henry …

Glastonbury 2014 in the rain – in pictures

Festivalgoers don their waterproof clothing during the first rain showers at the Glastonbury festival

U.S. has armed drones over Baghdad, official says

Armed drones. Mass graves. Kirkuk's effective annexation. The Iraq crisis escalated Friday.<p>A U.S. official confirmed to CNN that armed American drones started flying over Baghdad in the previous 24 hours to provide additional protection for 180 U.S. military advisers in the area. Until now, U.S. …

Chinese Tech Giant Alibaba Thinks This Is the Next WhatsApp

Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant that already has businesses similar to Amazon, eBay and PayPal, wants a piece of the messaging space too. …

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An Evening with John Cleese

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The Week in Review: From the Global Desk

Inside Flipboard / March 21, 2014<p>In the past two years, the ideological fires lit by the Arab Spring have burned throughout the rest of the world. …

Australian leader cites 'credible leads' as Flight 370 search resumes

With more planes searching than ever before, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday expressed optimism the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be solved.<p>"We have now had a number of very credible leads, and there is increasing hope -- no more than hope, no more than hope -- that …

Some of Today’s Most Beloved Children’s Book Illustrators Each Draw Their Favorite Animal

I have a soft spot for animals and the loveliest books about them, but having just said farewell to a beloved feline companion, I was triply taken with <b>What’s Your Favorite Animal?</b> (<i>public library</i>), in which the great Eric Carle invites some of today’s most celebrated children’s book illustrators — …

Norman Mailer on the Rat Race of Success and What True Growth Means

<b>Norman Mailer</b> (January 31, 1923–November 10, 2007) is among those rare luminaries who managed to be at once revered and reviled, widely celebrated and frequently criticized — such is the blessing and the curse of those who dare to be both highly prolific and highly opinionated. A novelist, …

Charles Dickens on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart

In addition to being one of literary history’s most celebrated authors, no doubt in part thanks to being such a disciplined early riser, <b>Charles Dickens</b> (February 7, 1812–June 9, 1870) was also a man of extraordinary wisdom — from the timeless life-advice he gave his youngest son to his generous fan …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown’s Charming Illustrated Allegory about Curiosity, the Imagination, and the Subjectivity of Observation

Few children’s book writers today could compare in humor, sensitivity, and sheer creative irreverence to <b>Lemony Snicket</b>, the young-readers pen name of grown-up author Daniel Handler, under which he has penned such magnificent creative collaborations as <i>13 Words</i>, illustrated by the great Maira Kalman,</i> …

Throwback Thursday: A Time-Traveling Photographer

Have you ever looked at old family photos and wished you could be there? Share a gin and tonic with your great aunt on that awful floral couch — or find out what your dad and his buddies were laughing at? If you look closely at this photo (and only if you look really, really closely), you might …

'Nanogardens' Sprout Up On The Surface Of A Penny

April showers bring May flowers. But in this case, the blossoms are too small for even a bumblebee to see.<p>Engineers at Harvard University have figured out a way to make microscopic sculptures of roses, tulips and violets, each smaller than a strand of hair.<p>To get a sense of just how small these …

Dashing Through The Snow ... With A Reindeer In A Pickup Truck?

As a photographer working for NPR, I travel the globe covering assignments with our reporters and correspondents. The logistics of getting into a place can be brutal, and rarely do photographs "just happen" without a tremendous amount of time and effort.<p>On a recent trip to Nome, Alaska, NPR …

Photographing What Endures For Australia's Aboriginals

In Australian media, there is no shortage of coverage of the Aboriginal population. And, according to photographer Amy Toensing, the coverage is not always favorable.<p>"On paper, the truth is there's some really hard stuff going on [within the Aboriginal population] — like with alcoholism and …

'Capturing Love': How To Photograph Same-Sex Weddings

Photos From 'Capturing Love'<p>Summer means wedding season, and for many couples, photographing the groom lifting the bride, or the bride looking off wistfully into the distance is an essential. But what if the happy couple is a bride and a bride, or a groom and a groom?<p>That's where Kathryn Hamm, …

On Photo Assignment: The Management Of Montana's Wilds

In June, NPR science correspondent Chris Joyce and I visited southwest Montana for a series about what it takes to "manage" wilderness, as strange as that sounds. We chronicled the predicament of the greater sage grouse and the Arctic grayling — and a report published Sunday looks at efforts to …

How To Draw Out Your Worst Fears

A few years ago, Julie Elman, an associate professor at Ohio University, was stuck in a creative rut. As a design educator and illustrator, most of her work was done on the computer. She wanted to begin a tangible project — remember those? — but didn't really know where to start.<p>Then she realized …

What Does Your 'Selfie' Style Say About You?

Last week The Getty Museum in Los Angeles announced a pretty cool thing. Its new Open Content Program makes available hundreds of thousands of digital images for free download and use. There's a lot to sift through, and the possibilities are endless. But it doesn't take long before interesting …

Flying Above Colorado, Photographer Has 'Rare Perspective'

John Wark has had an unusual view of his home state of Colorado. He's a freelance photojournalist who pilots his own plane above the landscape, making pictures of flames and floods, farms and cities as he goes.<p>When he takes flight, he's usually not on a specific assignment, and when he went up to …

An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)

A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris" is a collection of 19th-century photographs of one of the world's most beloved cities as it transitioned from medieval architectural hodgepodge …

The View From The Largest Window In Space

More than 230 miles above Earth, aboard the International Space Station, is a seven-window observatory module called the Cupola. It's a relatively new addition to the ISS, which made its debut just three years ago, and it happens to be the largest window in space.<p>That's where Italian astronaut Luca …

Long Exposures Of A Creepy Garage (Also, The Beatles!)

<i>This week, NPR's Scott Simon and photographer Mike Mitchell visited the site where Mitchell shot a historic evening 50 years ago. Hear their conversation at the audio link.</i><p>Now a humble parking lot, the Washington Coliseum has seen a lot in its days. Malcolm X once spoke there, circus lions jumped …