Erin Jourdan

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NPR’s sexist blunder is proof that women’s work isn’t just overlooked—it’s erased

Writing a book is a big deal. Being invited to discuss that book on National Public Radio is an occasion for joy, too.<p>But you know what sucks? When these two realities converge—and you, the co-author of said book, receive no credit.<p>That’s what happened to Silke-Maria Weineck, a professor of …

Feminism

Paris Review - Jan Morris, The Art of the Essay No. 2

Interviewed by Leo Lerman<p>Issue 143, Summer 1997<p>Jan Morris was born James Humphrey Morris on October 2, 1926, in Somerset, England. As she recalled in her memoir, <i>Conundrum</i>, “I was three or four when I realized that I had been born into the wrong body, and should really be a girl.” First intimations. …

The 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time - Unbound Worlds

<b>1.</b><p>Dubbed the “Nigerian Harry Potter,” Okorafor’s YA crossover novel of a Nigerian-American girl with albino skin and a deep well of magical talent is …

The Newspaper That Tries to Re-create the Feeling of Walking Around New York

A reader of the first issue of <i>Civilization</i>, a new, limited-edition newspaper about life in New York City, might be forgiven for wondering how such a …

Why Orwell’s 1984 could be about now

Audiences around the world are re-reading George Orwell’s 1984, which is ‘a handbook for difficult times’, writes Jean Seaton.<p>Reading 1984, George Orwell’s claustrophobic fable of totalitarianism, is still a shock. First comes the start of recognition: we recognise what he describes. Doublethink …

Literature

20+ Websites for Incredible Free Stock Photos

Whether you're a blogger looking for the perfect photo to accompany your article or a designer in need of an image for a new T-shirt, there are innumerable reasons that free images come in handy. But, as you're searching for <b>stock photography</b>, it's important to know the right places to do so in …

Web Design

26 Really Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

Authors recommend 11 US bookstores worth traveling for

Reading material, whether destination-related or just a way to while away the journey, is an essential packing list item. But cozy, well-curated independent bookstores are often trip-worthy in their own right. We asked 11 best-selling writers to tell us which shops are worth a detour for …

Books

I had a good job, a loving family, and a white picket fence. This is how I lost it all.

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

Mental Health

How To Do A UX Competitor Analysis: A Step By Step Guide

Getting to grips with the ins and outs of a UX competitor analysis can help you know your market, product and goals better. You will also understand …

29 Beautiful Words That Cannot Be Translated To English But Capture Human Emotions Perfectly

Languages are beautiful in the sense that they give words to so many emotions. However, not all those words can be translated, and neither can we …

A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here

The Data Viz Project has more than 150 types of visualizations.<p>You have one dataset, and countless ways to visualize it. Bar chart? Tree graph? The dreadful pie chart?<p>Now all your options are in one beautifully designed location: the Data Viz Project, which has more than 150 types of data …

Revising Your Story from Concept to Stage

I have been trying to perform at more storytelling venues and I was lucky enough to be booked at the Sacred Storytelling show here in Los Angeles. …

Keeping A Daily Journal Could Change Your Life.

You know exactly what you want in life.<p><i>"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." -- </i>J.M. Barrie<p>You know exactly what you want in life. But you can't seem …

Chill Out: 5 Fun Frozen Summer Sweets

Chill out this summer with easy-to-whip-up frozen desserts. From Key Lime Pie Ice Cream to Strawberry Fro-Yo, these cold and creamy sweets will have everyone screaming for ice cream.<p>1. No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream<p>This key lime pie ice cream has all the bright lime flavor of key lime pie — even …

Dessert

Writing With Triggers and Trauma

(Re) Considering Trauma<p>In my new day job, I work tangentially with people in drug and alcohol recovery. I say “tangentially” because I do marketing …

Why Essays are the Perfect Way to Improve Your Writing Skills

Whether you are applying for a school program or looking to get published online here are some of my best tips for using essays to improve your …

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Art

The futurist has some wild ideas about where artificial intelligence is going.<p>Futurist (and current director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of predictions about the future--and many of them have come true. In his 1990 book <i>The Age of Intelligent Machines</i>, Kurzweil foresaw …

This Crazy Gorgeous Font Evolves As You Type With It

Oh, and it's inspired by cockroaches.<p>This being a digital age, our lives are suffused with fonts. Just about every word we read is set in a font crafted by an artist, a team of them, or even multiple generations of designers. But for the non-graphic designers among us, who mostly interact with font …

Typography

9 Mind-Blowing Content Curation Tools to Boost Your Traffic and Engagement

If you are always creating new content, it can burn a deep hole in your marketing budget…<p>A great way to publish more content, without actually …

Infographics

Inspiring Writing Prompts for Self-Care

<i>“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”</i> ― Audre Lorde<p>Writing is a way for me to …