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My 10 Favorite Books: Irvine Welsh

For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is Irvine Welsh, the author of the book “Trainspotting,” which became a film in 1996. “T2 Trainspotting,” …

Literature

William Faulkner on Writing, the Purpose of Art, Working in a Brothel, and the Meaning of Life

When <i>The Paris Review</i> launched in 1953, it revolutionized the art of the interview. Over the decades that followed, the revered publication offered unprecedented glimpses of literary history’s greatest minds, which yielded such timeless gems as E. B. White on the responsibility of the writer and the …

Top 10 novels on rural America

From Marilynne Robinson to William Faulkner, these great stories are told from the margins of US life, but they carry profound resonance<p>I was in my early 20s when I first read Housekeepingby Marilynne Robinson. It was a summer day on my family’s mountain acreage in rural northern Idaho. I wandered …

Literature

The best flies for winter fly fishing

Five simple yet vital patterns<p><b>By Patrick Straub</b> <i>EBS Fishing Columnist</i><p>We are in the heart of winter. Snow covers most of the ground, the skiing is …

7 world-changing books to remind you that progress *is* possible even when you feel hopeless

In times like these, it can be all too tempting to go one of two ways: to become a hardcore activist and protest in the streets 24/7, or to turn into …

41 Must-Read Books to Boost Your Social Media Skills

Fill your shelves with these books by experts who will take the stage at Social Media Marketing World<p>In just a few short weeks, more than 3,000 top marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners and growth hackers will descend upon San Diego for one of the largest conferences on social media: Social …

Marketing

Fighting the Suck: Writers' Advice for Writers

The intersection of bookish people and people who write is a pretty big center chunk in the Venn diagram of life. As such, many of us know that soul …

You Think You Have Free Will? Science Says Think Again

Are we really so good at decision-making? Or do we fool ourselves?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You make decisions every day, don't you?<p>You assert yourself hourly. Especially if you're American.<p>You take life by the horns and …

Consciousness

6 Storytelling Ideas For Video Marketing

Wanna use videos on your social media to attract more customers? Keep reading.<p>Telling an awesome story to convert leads into clients has become the norm. No one wants to just see the promo "buy buy buy!" anymore. It's all about the currency of emotional connection. If you can get your viewer to …

31 Brilliant Books That You Really Need To Read This Spring

Required reading from April to June. UK release dates.

Jim Harrison, Mozart of the Prairie

<i>This essay is adapted from “The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers,” a memoir by Terry McDonell that will be published by Knopf in August.</i><p>The first chapter of Jim Harrison’s first novel, “Wolf,” begins with a two-page sentence. Jim said it was vanity, that he wanted to show …

A wall of skulls shows why story of humankind has to be rewritten

A spectacular series of fossil discoveries, now going on public display, has transformed the study of our early ancestors<p>A stark demonstration of the dramatic changes that have swept through the science of human evolution will be revealed this week at London’s Natural History Museum. A wall of …