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What We’re Reading: Summer Edition, Volume II

<i>Summer reading plans and aspirations from the New Yorker staff. This second installment follows part one.</i><p>As the addled dad of a toddler and an infant, the only time I’m able to indulge in uninterrupted pleasure reading is when I’m travelling—for work. I recently read Brendan Koerner’s stylish paean …

Mos Def’s Act of Protest

Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, in Cuba, more than a hundred prisoners (approximately a hundred and six of the hundred and sixty-six held there) continued an ongoing hunger strike against the conditions of their …

The Book That Will Make You Never Want to Drink Again

There is something to be said for reading in bars—not just in one of Hemingway’s “clean, well-lighted” places, but in any old bustling spot with taps, bottles, a firm flat surface, and a seat. At night, most coffee shops are closed, and readers looking to remain connected to the movements of the …

Reading Poems Backward

It probably happens now and then, though perhaps you don’t give it much thought. You read a poem backward.<p>You pick up a poetry anthology, or you come upon a poem in a magazine, and your eye chances to fall upon its last lines. You read those. Then you read the poem.<p>You read the poem, that is, …

Demonizing Edward Snowden: Which Side Are You On?

As I write this, a bunch of reporters are flying from Moscow to Havana on an Aeroflot Airbus 330, but Edward Snowden isn’t sitting among them. His whereabouts are unknown. He might still be in the V.I.P. lounge at Sheremetyevo International Airport. He could have left on another plane. There are …

BBC Blogs - College of Journalism - BBC News style guide goes public

BBC News style guide goes public<p>Ian Jollyis style editor, BBC newsroom in London<p>Comments<p>The good thing about a style guide is that it's always right. It's your view on how things should be done - well, apart from observing rules of grammar and spelling (although sometimes spelling does offer a …

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Popcorn Preview: Far Out Isn't Far Enough

<b>Film: Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story</b> (2012)<p>Cast includes: Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer<p>Writer/Director: Brad Bernstein (<i>Real Change: Artists for Education</i>)<p>Genre: Documentary (98 minutes)<p>Tomi Ungerer was "once America's most famous children's book illustrator... and …

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Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

Writing fiction is not as hard as it seems, as long as you follow these eight simple rules:<p><b>Show, don’t tell.</b> Remember show-and-tell in elementary school, when you’d bring in an object from home and talk about it? I want you to remember that experience and the lessons about storytelling it imparted. …