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Game Of Thrones approaches the nerd singularity with a secret Monty Python reference

In what is basically the nerd equivalent of a Republican politician posing with a semi-automatic rifle, it turns out that <i>Game Of Thrones</i> creator Dan …

Should I Quit My Job To Start My Own Business?

It’s the first and most important question every would-be entrepreneur asks themselves: Should I quit my day job to start my own business? We turn to three experts to sort out if it’s the right time to take the leap.<p>When you hate your job the idea of jumping ship to start your own business seems …

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Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?

A few years ago, when I was a graduate student in English, I presented a paper at my department’s American Literature Colloquium. (A colloquium is a sort of writing workshop for graduate students.) The essay was about Thomas Kuhn, the historian of science. Kuhn had coined the term “paradigm shift,” …

The War on Reason

Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.<p>Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.<p>Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps make …

Joan Didion on Storytelling, the Economy of Words, and Facing Rejection

In her otherwise prolific and acclaimed career as one of the greatest writers of the past century, Joan Didion only ever wrote three short stories. They are collected in <b>Telling Stories</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a tiny 1978 treasure, the 26th in a series of keepsakes issued by the Bancroft Library for its …

Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have

<i>“Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself,”</i> Umberto Eco observed in his magnificent atlas of imaginary places. Indeed, our capacity for self-delusion is one of the most inescapable fundamentals of the human condition, and nowhere do …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

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Bring Your Retro Games Into the Modern Age with These Emulator Tricks

You probably already know you can play your favorite retro games on your computer, tablet, or phone with an emulator. But emulators are good for more …

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.<p>I awoke in a bed for the first time in days. My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I …

You’re Not Alone: Most People Hate Open Offices

People in cubicles and open offices long for privacy and probably get less work done. That this is surprising at all speaks to the current trendiness of open layouts.<p>The growing open office trend seems reasonable enough. The thinking goes that employees will be happier and more productive if they …

Lifehack: This App Helps You Learn to Do Anything In 100 Days

Karen X. Cheng learned to dance in 100 Days, and then we all watched her video about it. Now she’s created the “Give It 100” app to help others do the same, no matter what they want to learn.<p>It’s hard to dance like nobody’s watching, as the old saying suggests, when you’re filming yourself. By …

Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine

As a lover of letters and of all things Kurt Vonnegut, I spent months eagerly awaiting <b>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>), which has finally arrived and is just as fantastic as I’d come to expect. What makes the anthology particularly sublime is that strange, endearing way in which so much of …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

How to Read Faster: Bill Cosby’s Three Proven Strategies

<i>“All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading,”</i> H. P. Lovecraft famously advised aspiring writers. Indeed, reading is an essential skill on par with writing, and though non-reading may be an intellectual choice on par with reading, reading itself — just like writing — …

Paris Review - Martin Amis, The Art of Fiction No. 151

Interviewed by Francesca Riviere<p>Issue 146, Spring 1998<p>Martin Amis, ca. 2012. Photograph by Maximilian Schönherr<p>Martin Amis was born on August 25, 1949, in Oxford, England, where his father, the Booker Prize–winning author Sir Kingsley Amis, was a doctoral student. He grew up in the various …

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Paris Review - Seamus Heaney, The Art of Poetry No. 75

Interviewed by Henri Cole<p>Issue 144, Fall 1997<p>Picture of the Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney at the University College Dublin, February 11, 2009.<p>Born in County Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1939, Seamus Heaney was the eldest of nine children in a Catholic family. After receiving a …

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Paris Review - Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39

Interviewed by Ronald Christ<p>Issue 40, Winter-Spring 1967<p>Jorge Luis Borges. Photographer unknown.<p>This interview was conducted in July 1966, in conversations I held with Borges at his office in the Biblioteca Nacional, of which he is the director. The room, recalling an older Buenos Aires, is not …

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Paris Review - Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17

Interviewed by Pati Hill<p>Issue 16, Spring-Summer 1957<p>Sketch by Rosalie Seidler, 1957.<p>Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders …

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Paris Review - Jonathan Lethem, The Art of Fiction No. 177

Interviewed by Lorin Stein<p>Issue 166, Summer 2003<p>Jonathan Lethem was born in 1964, the son of the painter Richard Lethem and the late political activist Judith Lethem. His first three novels earned him a following among readers of crime novels and science fiction, and a reputation among readers of …

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