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The War of the Words

Amazon’s war with publishing giant Hachette over e-book pricing has earned it a black eye in the media, with the likes of Philip Roth, James Patterson, and Stephen Colbert demanding that the online mega-store stand down. How did Amazon—which was once seen as the book industry’s savior—end up as …

Sleek Two-Legged Chair Design Demands Physical Activity While Seated

This two-legged chair appears a bit unstable to sit in but that was the intention of product designer Benoit Malta. The sleek, modern concept, entitled <i>Inactivit</i>, is meant to provide support while still engaging the body in some physical activity. While sitting in the wooden chair, users are forced …

Make Your Own Rubberstamps with 3 Things You (probably) Already Have

I've been making my own rubberstamps for years now. I didn't realize how easy it was until, one day while homeschooling, we came across a hobby …

Reading Through Someone Else’s Eyes

You pick up a novel. If it’s any good, before long it has you trying to get into its characters’ heads. What are they feeling? What will they do? Can they be trusted? But, behind such thoughts, broader and subtler questions arise: What is the author aiming at? What was he or she feeling when these …

Of Planes and Proxies

A day after a Malaysia Airlines jet was brought down over eastern Ukraine, President Obama placed the blame squarely on the area’s Russian-backed separatists. “We don’t have time for propaganda,” he said. “We don’t have time for games.”<p>One of the games being played in the region is an old and …

A Prisoner’s Reading List

I met Daniel Genis at a bookstore. It was March, and I was there to speak on a panel about Sergei Dovlatov, the comic novelist of late Soviet decay, and Genis came up to me afterward, wanting to talk about books. Books, it became clear, were something he knew about. Genis talks quickly and often, …

Australia should not follow the American path to inequality | Joseph Stiglitz

Does Tony Abbott's government understand what deregulation and liberalisation have done to the US economy, asks <b>Joseph Stiglitz</b><p>For better or worse, economic policy debates in the United States are often echoed elsewhere, regardless of whether they are relevant. Australian prime minister Tony …

Top five Indian eateries in Melbourne

<b>Babu Ji</b><p>Having moved into the digs of the former Melbourne Wine Room in Grey Street, St Kilda, Babu Ji has quickly established itself by offering fresh and unexpected Indian flavours as well as creating a lively buzz with non-stop Bollywood dance routines projected on the back wall. The okra fries …

9 Delicious Summer Fragrances We Can't Stop Spritzing

We know that perfume is <i>very</i> personal. But with a world of fragrances out there, why would anyone want to wear the same scent every day? Your guess is as good as ours.<p>Picking a fragrance that's right for your personality and lifestyle can get tricky, especially if you run into an aggressive person …

Young adult books: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' author James Thurber picks the best YA titles

Beyond John Green and Veronica Roth: James Thurber compiled his own list of books that he thought young adults might enjoy, and his picks still hold …

A Swedish Midsummer's Eve Party

If you travel to Sweden in late June don't expect to see anyone in the cities at Midsummer. For our annual summer vacation, I was making plans to …

15 Red, White and Blue Rooms That Are Impressively Patriotic

These stylish spaces proudly pay tribute to America all year long.<p>These stylish spaces proudly pay tribute to America all year long.

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Morphologies: Short Story Writers on Short Story Writers – review

In the introduction to this fine collection of essays on the art of the short story, editor Ra Page states that the book's intended purpose is "to draw out and celebrate the idiosyncrasies of the author in question; to point readers to texts they might not have considered before; to encourage …

Party Like It's 1776 at America's Oldest Pubs

This Independence Day, party like Sam Adams (I don't want to jump to conclusions here, but the man does have a beer named after him) and toast to freedom at one of these Revolution-era pubs!<p>As soon as colonists set foot on American soil, they started building taverns and pubs, and they've been an …

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5 Ways to Liven Up Your Hallway

While some hallways are long and narrow, others are short and wide. And both are challenging to decorate. Before you ignore this area (please don't because that is valuable wall space), peek into these well-decorated spots.<p>A few surprising touches can wake up even a narrow space.<p><b>Idea #1: Lively</b> …

An Interactive Infographic of British Interior Design Trends by Decade (1950s to 2010s)

<i>1950s</i><p>UK-based Harvey Water Softeners has created this fascinating interactive infographic of British interior design trends by decade, from the 1950s …

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This list has been expanded into the new book, "Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but …

$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

Happy weekend to you. Yesterday Joe and I wanted to do a fun and quick project for the house. We thought a firepit would be fun but didn’t like the …

Playwriting vs Novel writing

Today I'd like to talk a bit about the differences between writing plays and writing novels. I don't think either one is easier than the other, and …

How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome

<i>“The author is cheating the reader as soon as he writes for the sake of filling up paper,”</i> 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer admonished in contemplating the ethics of authorship. A century and a half later, Susan Sontag opined that true literature “is actually just this little tiny …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

Homemade Furniture Polish to Restore Wood Furniture

Most of the furniture in our home has either been purchased from a garage sale, been handed down to us, or has <i>*ahem*</i> been trash picked. Yes, we’re …

Pallet Wood Bench and Gabion Table

Introduction: Pallet Wood Bench and Gabion Table<p>About: Instructables got me started on an incredible DIY journey, which turned into a blog, which …