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One of the most important rules I learned about writing fiction from my MFA is that an author has to put her protagonist through hell. I embraced …Authors
The poet and translator Sasha Dugdale explores the impact of the First War on the great Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova.
Her focus is on the collection, White Flock, published in 1917, but written during the war. In many poems, Akhmatova mentions the war directly, and in others, echoes of loss and war …Television (UK)
It starts with the slightly awkward heave — leg up and over the seat, feet locating the stirrups — and the indrawn breath that says ‘Let’s go.’ This …Western Philosophy
A surprising new paper argues that consciousness is just a bit player in the human brain
Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the it organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the box office hit Inside Out, from Pixar, the animation company that …The Brain
"I guess my guilty pleasure would be listening to the British audio versions of the 'Harry Potter' books."- David Sedaris
As I mentioned in The Most Overlooked Treasure of a Library - The Audio Book a good narrator can make a mediocre book great and an average narrator can ruin a classic. I am sure …Audiobooks
The following is the introduction to Haruki Murakami’s Wind/Pinball: Two Novels, out August 4th from Knopf. The Birth of My Kitchen Table FictionMost …Great Books
The Pink Flamingos director gives RISD grads sage advice: "Go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully."
With his trademark pencil mustache, Pink Flamingoes and Hairspray director John Waters took the podium at the Rhode Island School of Design earlier this month to deliver the commencement …John Waters
Amid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, I’d like to enter a note of encouragement. The mainstream may be getting dumber by the day, but we are living in what looks like a golden age of publishing for, of all people, the university presses.
At the moment, I don’t think there’s a …Malcolm Gladwell
CanLit marked a milestone this spring, but you could be forgiven if you missed it. In May, Vancouver-based Anvil Press published the last of Quebec writer Nelly Arcan’s books to be translated into English. (Arcan, who died at the age of 36 in 2009, published four novels in her lifetime; Breakneck …Canadian Arts & Culture
Adaptive surfer Alfonso Mendoza. Photo: Ernesto Borges
Surfing is about to have a new World Champion, and it’s not going to be Kelly Slater. This …Kelly Slater
The Maui crew has a habit of surfing on a whole different level than pretty much anyone else. A few years ago, when Matt Meola was just some …Maui
All wildly popular erotic fanfiction must be rewritten from the brooding hero's perspective. That is the new world order.
First, E.L. James rewrote Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey's perspective for her newest novel, Grey. Now the One Direction fanfic-turned-novel-turned-screenplay will be …Fan Fiction
Child actor-turned-maligned-Star-Trek-character-turned-geek-icon Wil Wheaton has been fairly open about his struggles with mental illness and depression. But for those who haven’t heard about that side of his life before, Project UROK spoke with the actor/writer about the way his anxiety affects …Mental Health
I spent a lot of time in the car this past spring, commuting from my home in Evanston to Urbana, Illinois where I’ve been teaching at the state’s …Authors
A Book Buyer’s LamentUnread books remind me of promises made to read them when they were bought; some of these promises are now decades old. …Lament
"Do you know about the Lakota Indians?" asked Daniel Lenchner, handing me a slightly faded photograph from the early 20th century. It was a class portrait with a location printed at the bottom: Lakota, North Dakota.
"Now," challenged Lenchner, "can you find an Indian in this picture?"
I scanned the …Holocaust
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Creativity may be in more demand than ever. With the rapid rise of the internet economy, creatives have begun to make unique work opportunities for themselves. Online entrepreneurs are making things up as they go because the …Genius
I recently traded music for podcasts as the soundtrack for my long commute to work. My favorite is novelist Brad Listi’s interview series, Other …Authors
Answer by Gideon Rose, editor, Foreign Affairs:
Good editors really can add value, in two ways.
First, editors are industry professionals who can educate often-naive authors about the facts of life in the real world of publishing. (Agents are great at this too, often even better.) The other answers …Writing
An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.
Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as Nassarius …Language
The rise of big data is pitting the old school against the new school as the NBA undergoes its analytics revolution.
On Thursday, 60 of basketball’s most talented prospects will realize a lifelong dream when the NBA conducts its annual draft. Karl-Anthony Towns, the Kentucky University center, has …Sports Analytics
Photo by Cathy and Kevin Warner
I hit my daughter. Once. Hard. She was almost three and had been throwing tantrums about everything for a …Parenting
It’s easier to computer than to crash. It’s easier
to computer than to hold a hand or knit
a winter together from headlights on the …
Dear (Super Cool) Mom,
You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but my son, Timothy, sometimes sits beside your son at school.
Timothy has severe autism …Autism
I’ve been aware of Allan Gurganus since I was a few years old; we hail from the same small town, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and his books lined the …
Literary Hub sent a series of open questions to writers, journalists, editors—women in and around the literary world with a significant social media …
Can an encyclopedic knowledge of dogs help an 11-year-old with Asperger’s connect with people?The post For the love of dogs appeared first on Aeon …Developmental Disabilities
You were once a keen surfer but tragically lost the use of your legs? Don’t despair, you can get back on that surfboard, dude! Or you …Water Sports
Blink-182 at the Whiskey in Los Angeles in 1996. (Photo: Daniel D'Auria/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 2.0)Two decades have passed since pop-punk exploded in …Linguistics