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These 4 Organic Beauty Brands Are Eco-Friendly and Effective

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, and companies and organizations all over the world are making efforts ensuring we combat climate change and keep the earth safe and clean for future generations. Many beauty companies contribute a portion of sales to amazing organizations, and some offer special …

Sustainability

9 Tips for Growing the Perfect Peonies

#5 is so important!<p>Claire Austin is an award-winning plantswoman, a specialist in herbaceous peonies, irises and perennials, and the current Chair of the Peony Society. With her mail-order nursery in Wales offering over a hundred varieties of herbaceous peonies, it's safe to say that she has a …

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Agents of the State by Mike Nicol, The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, Written in Bones by James Oswald, Born Bad by Marnie Riches, The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt<p>There may be several pretenders to her crown, but Yrsa …

Books
Crime

How to grow stuff: everything the novice gardener needs to know

If I were to plot my journey as a gardener, it would start with a basil plant from Tesco. I kept it on the windowsill of my university hall bedroom (it could have easily become an ashtray if left in the kitchen) and, when I came home in those cerulean-hued nights of summer term, its sweet heady …

What Is A Body Toner And Why Should You Use One?

If it’s good for your face, it’s great for your body<p>I know people talk about how intense the 10-step Korean skin-care regimen is but, I think, that’s only because they haven’t seen the mad scientist’s laboratory that is my vanity. But while I spoil my face like it’s my beloved only child, I treat …

13 Things Every Book Lover Needs to Own

If you constantly have a nightstand piled high with books, are on your local bookstore's newsletter, or always tuck a paperback into your bag, then …

Books

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question

The veteran author John Rechy discusses the powerful enigma of William Faulkner and the beauty of the unsolved narrative.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Emma Donoghue,</b> …

Literature

This Is The Year You Finally Get Organized: Our Best Posts to Make It Happen

While an organized home doesn't guarantee an organized life, getting your home in order certainly supports that coveted, if fleeting, condition of …

Marie Kondo

Organize Your Kitchen in One Day

It happens to everyone; you move into your house with every intention on keeping things decluttered and perfectly organized. You plan to keep everything in its designated spot so it looks clean and orderly at all times. The years go by and you've adapted to your method of madness - the large square …

Kitchens

Writing a novel? There’s a worksheet for that!

Worksheets to help you plan your novel, log your progress, and keep track of your story<p>Well, this is fun. Worksheets! I’ve been sketching out …

23 gorgeous kitchens to inspire (and distract) you right now

Something for everyone<p>For many households, the kitchen is where all the action is. It’s the heart of the home where everyone comes together to eat, talk, work, relax, and just be in the presence of each other. It’s no surprise then that of the numerous charming homes we’ve toured across the …

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

Creative Writing

11 House Plants So Good for You They’re Approved by NASA

Adding some green to a space can do a lot of good — both for your health and your style. Although we’ve been loving 2016’s trending house plants (we’ve even DIYed a Sharpie watercolor planter to keep them looking fresh in our office), we almost lost it when we heard that space plants (yes, space …

Plants
Books

In the Only Surviving Recording of Her Voice, Virginia Woolf Explains Why Writing Isn’t a “Craft” (1937)

The literary voice of Virginia Woolf comes to us from a life lived fully in the service of literature, a life devoted, we might say, to the "craft of …

Take Five with Lisa Cron and STORY GENIUS

We are so excited to introduce you to WU contributor and craft guru Lisa Cron’s new book, STORY GENIUS, and that she’s with us today for a Take Five …

Writing

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Lights Out, The Rules of Horror and Collaborating with James Wan

<i>Lights Out</i><p>Eric Heisserer bristles at the label of horror movie screenwriter. It’s understandable. While his produced credits include a <i>Final</i> …

Horror

​8 inexpensive ways to finish your kitchen

As the kitchen is the heart of the home, and we all know the importance of a well-functioning heart, it is no surprise some decent upkeep and TLC is …

Home Improvement

Emma Cline: The Books That Made Me

The US author behind this summer's most thrilling read, The Girls, discloses her literary inspirations<p>The grisly and psychotic atrocities committed …

Books

Here's How to Make Your Bathroom Smell Great

It's actually pretty easy.<p><i>Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She'll be here</i> <i>every week</i> <i>helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty?</i> <i>Email her</i><i>.</i><p><b>I bought a shower curtain at a Salvation Army. It looked nice, but after a week of use the "old person pee" smell about floored</b> …

Salvation Army

Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing

“As for how to write well,” writes Paul Graham, “here’s the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut …

Mary Shelley among the Radicals

How the author of <i>Frankenstein</i> survived the milieu of her father and her husband.<p>It was just 200 years ago, in the summer of 1816, that the …

Literature

Gardens: Alys Fowler’s top 25 indestructible plants

Fill tricky spots and barren corners with a blanket of blooms all summer<p>No more excuses, no more bare, broken concrete, no more empty beds denuded of life, no more forgotten corners. Even if you’re just calling it home for the summer, even if you’ll never have your name on the deeds, even if you …

22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

<i>If good writing is succinct and concise, then shouldn't the same be true of writing advice?</i><b>Column</b> by <b>Christopher Shultz</b>There have been entire articles …

Creative Writing

Gardening 101: Everything you need to know to plant a thriving garden

<i>The first day of spring is days away — and that means gardening season is almost in full swing!</i><p><i>Chris and Peyton Lambton, hosts of DIY’s “Yard Crashers,” crashed the plaza Friday to show what how you — yes, you — can plant a successful garden this season, no matter how much of a novice you may …

Gardening

9 Netflix Tricks That You Simply Can't Live Without

Weekend binging just got so much easier.<p><b>1. Helium</b><p>It's a floating, transparent browser window that allows you to watch Netflix while you work and it will revolutionize your productivity game. I don't know about you, but I get a lot more done when I'm watching <i>Fixer Upper</i> at the same time that I'm …

Matt Ruff’s 5 favorite books that mix real and supernatural horrors

<i>With Reading List,</i> The A.V. Club <i>asks one of our favorite pop-culture creators to describe a list of reading materials that are tied together by a</i> …

Horror