Patricia Rodriguez-Lau

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The Most Overlooked Secret to Great Writing

What no one tells you about creating work that readers love“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich …

Motivation

Barack Obama’s New Summer Reading List Has a Theme

Barack Obama just shared his summer reading list, and it has a theme: Obama will be traveling to Africa for the first time since he left office, and his reading list is, accordingly, full of African authors. On July 17, Obama will deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg to mark …

South Africa

15 Shocking Thrillers to Read This Summer

Cristina Alger<p>Set in the world of high finance, <i>The Banker’s Wife</i> centers on Annabel, a banker’s wife on the hunt to find out more about her husband’s sudden death following a plane crash, and Marina, a journalist who marries into the elite upper class. When Marina uncovers information on one of the …

Books

This newly-discovered wasp has a horrifying stinger—but what it uses it for is even worse

That's some big stinger energy.<p>Charles Darwin once cited the evolution of parasitoid wasps as an illustration for why he couldn’t believe in the existence of God. An insect capable of injecting caterpillar bodies with eggs that would eventually pop open and allow tiny little wasp larvae to consume …

Zoology

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

The Importance of Sentence Length in Writing

First published in 1985, <i>100 Ways to Improve Your Writing</i>, is a book by author Gary Provost that is loaded with constructive tips for writers of all …

Writing

Another Mud Day oozes into the books near Detroit

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) — Made in the shade? It was more like made in the mud for hundreds of people at a Michigan park.<p>Scores of children — and some parents — participated in the 31st annual Wayne County Mud Day on Tuesday at Nankin Mills Park in Westland, west of Detroit. They sloshed and slid …

Books

30 Things You Didn’t Know About The Handmaid’s Tale

So. Much. Symbolism.<p>The Handmaid's Tale is currently airing its devastating second season, but you can take a breather from the heartbreak with all the trivia you need to know about the Emmy-winning Hulu hit.

Literature

10 History Books That ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Need To Read, Because The Red Wedding Was Based On A Real-Life Event

Whether you're a TV fan waiting for season eight, or a long-suffering book fan still holding out hope that <i>The Winds of Winter</i> will be published at …

TV Series

How to Write a Book Outline (Even if You're Not a Planner)

So, you’ve got a great idea for a book. You have a clear picture of the opening scenes and the climactic scene, and maybe some scenes in between, so …

Writing

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing

<b>1.</b> <b><br>Kurt Vonnegut</b>’s caution against the use of semicolons is one of the most famous and canonical pieces of writing advice, an admonition that has …

Literature

How Many Of Our Favorite 2018 Books Have You Read So Far?

So many amazing reads, and we've still got almost half the year left.

Books

10 Books That Will Make You More Interesting

We’re firm believers in the power of a good book to change lives, and it’s for this reason we set aside time every single day to knock down a few …

Books

Paris Review - Henri Cole, The Art of Poetry No. 98

Interviewed by Sasha Weiss<p>Issue 209, Summer 2014<p>In Nags Head, North Carolina, 1978.<p>Henri Cole lives alone in a small, bright apartment on the top floor of a five-story building in the South End neighborhood of Boston. He works in solitude many hours a day. Cole comes from a family of five children, …

Madeleine Albright: ‘The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad’

Trump is actually really smart – evil smart, is what I think<p>Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the …

Political Science

Best summer books 2018, as picked by writers – part one

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>Meg Wolitzer’s <i>The Female Persuasion</i> (Chatto) is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life.<p><i>Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A</i> (Bodley Head) by Danielle Allen, a memoir about the loss of a beloved cousin, is …

Books

In 'Light Of The Stars,' Adam Frank Studies Alien Worlds To Find Earth's Fate

Astrophysicist Adam Frank has a new book out, <i>Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth</i>. He talks to NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about it.<p>Transcript<p>MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:<p>What life is out there in the universe beyond our planet, and how long can we sustain life on Earth? These are the …

Universe

In lost interview, Stanley Kubrick explains the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Fifty years since it was first screened, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> continues to cause confusion and debate. Stanley Kubrick’s epic film reimagined what …

Stanley Kubrick

Do the Hard Things. Writing About Sex.

“Hard subjects train the mind. Hard exercise trains the body. Hard people train the heart. Hard times train the spirit. Do the hard things.” Ed …

Creative Writing

Breathing

On weekends, my husband and I are in a house near a lake, surrounded by woods. We are miles away from everything. When we wake up there, it is to silence, and for some time on those mornings we lie still, letting the day gather around us, listening to each other breathe.<p>When we get up, we start the …

Mind

Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say

In the beginning, the solar system was little more than a cloud of dust and gas. Then cold temperatures caused the center of the cloud to collapse, forming the sun. The newborn star lit up with nuclear fusion, sending light and heat out into the spinning circumstellar disk. Soon that material …

Universe

These Are The Best Audiobooks As Read By The Authors

Some books are just meant to be listened to.<p>Some books are meant to be read, others are best listened to. The audiobooks below are all narrated by their authors, adding another form of intimacy to the experience. In their expert voices, they might deliver a great joke, or emphasize a great sentence …

Books

Why You Should Enroll Your Kids in Piano Lessons, According to Science

With 88 keys and hundreds of internal strings, a standard piano produces a slew of unique sounds and tones. And mastering that complex system doesn’t …

National Academy of Sciences

'Darkest Time Of Night' Will Keep You Turning Pages

What keeps us reading is a varied and curious thing. For one book, it's plot, for another, it's pacing, for still another, relevance — and so forth. (When you find a book that has it all? Call the Pulitzer hotline ...)<p>Jeremy Finley's debut <i>The Darkest Time of Night</i> may have a flaw, and more on that …

University of Illinois

Discover What to Read Next With This 'Instagram for Books'

I have a massive list of books on my “to read” list, but somehow whenever I head to the library or bookstore I manage to pick up something else …

Books

12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

Distant planets, fantasy adventures, and more to add to your reading list<p>Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book <i>I, Robot</i> to the latest episode of <i>Westworld</i>. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up <i>Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and</i> …

Science Fiction

Beyond Harry Potter—10 of the Best Fantasy Book Series

When I was in the third grade, my teacher began reading the <i>Harry Potter</i> series to us out loud in class every day. I was enthralled by the story of …

Books

40 Bougie Products On Amazon That Are Surprisingly Inexpensive

Have you ever walked into a particularly bougie boutique, sniffed a delicious-but-ever-so-delicately-scented candle, and then turned it over to …

Shopping

These 9 Things Will Always Make You Look Richer Than You Are

You might assume that to look expensive, you need to buy expensive things—however, looking rich isn't just about flashy logos and jewelry so valuable …

Clothing

Goodbye To Harlan Ellison, 'America's Weird Uncle'

<i>Editor's note: This piece uses some strong language; we think Harlan Ellison would have approved.</i><p>Harlan Ellison is dead. He was 375 years old. He died fighting alien space bears.<p>Harlan is dead. He exploded in his living room, in his favorite chair, apoplectic over the absolute garbage fire this …

Books