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Should You Write What You Know? 31 Authors Weigh In

<i>Write what you know.</i> Everyone who has ever taken a writing class or read a craft book has heard this piece of writing advice—even if only to have it …

Has Istanbul lost its charm?

It has been 30 years since I was last in Istanbul and I found it hard to get my head around a city that I’m sure I remember as being more ancient and mysterious, more a bridge between East and West. It’s now modern, a lot of it still under construction.<p>Walking down the jam-packed shopping street, …

7 Novels To Pick Up When You Need Creative Inspiration, But Don't Want To Read Another Book About Writing

I have a dark and terrible confession to make, internet: I'm not that into "how-to" books. Don't get me wrong, I've most certainly delved into the …

The Mystery Manuscript Found in a Used Copy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

When a strange document appeared in her shop, an Australian bookseller turned detective.<p>Lorraine Smith’s detective story began at her second-hand …

4 ways to resist distraction and focus at work

Have you said any of these recently?<p><i>I get distracted and procrastinate.</i>• <i><br>I make plans but I don’t follow through on them.</i>• <i><br>I get things done… but not the</i> …

Mindfulness

Thrilling New International Trailer for WONDER WOMAN

Ben Affleck May Not Direct 'The Batman' Solo Movie After All

The upcoming standalone Batman movie, titled simply "The Batman," still doesn't have a completed script, and now, it looks like it may not have a director, either.<p>That word comes straight from the Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck, who revealed in a recent interview with The Guardian that he's …

Ben Affleck

'The Walking Dead' Season 7: 'Magnificent' Second Half Has 'Jig'-Worthy Finale

If you did not like the first half of "The Walking Dead" Season 7, you should <i>love</i> the second half, 'cause "it's probably the opposite of what you just witnessed."<p>That's the word from Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) to Entertainment Weekly. Lincoln has been surprisingly candid about his distaste for …

The Walking Dead

Here are the must-see movies that are going to win Oscars in 2017

Since our last pass at predicting the people and films in the running for the 2017 Academy Awards, the pretenders have fallen off, and we've gotten a chance to catch all the most serious players. Now it's time to get serious.<p>With multiple Golden Globe nominations, "Hacksaw Ridge" may be more of an …

Hitchcock and Edward Hopper Inspire Color-Saturated Look of 'A Kind of Murder'

0<p>SHARES<p>Director Andy Goddard adapts the work of suspense author Patricia Highsmith (<i>The Talented Mr. Ripley</i>) with his new film <i>A Kind of Murder</i>, about …

These Are The 20 Most Expensive Cities In The World

Notorious money-sucking cities like New York and San Francisco make the list, but so do some quite unexpected contenders.<p>It's a brand new year, and for many people, that means brand new resolutions — like saving some major moolah.<p>In fact, research shows that spending less and saving more is a …

The Cool Girl's Guide to Venice

Here's the non-touristy way to visit the most romantic city on earth.<p>At first glance, Venice feels more like a movie set than a real city where people live and work. But once the reality sinks in that this idyllic place is a living, breathing, and floating metropolis of culture, characters, and</i> …

2017: The Year You Make Travel Happen

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make is to travel more. It’s right up there with eating better and going to the gym more.<p>And, …

Tourism

12 Great Places to Go In 2017 - and How to Do Them on a Budget

A year of great destinations.<p>Where should you go in 2017? For frequent travelers that need a little bit of inspiration, MONEY has mapped out the best …

Lake Superior

17 of Our Favorite First Lines to Start 2017

All this happened, more or less.<p>Slaughterhouse-Five<p>The absurdist tale of Billy Pilgrim -- an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing …

The Immortality of Sherlock Holmes

A cautionary tale of two hats.<p>The greatest mystery ever presented by a Sherlock Holmes story is one the detective never solved ‐ indeed, it is …

Literature

10 Outstanding Short Stories To Read in 2017

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>I’ve been doing this …

Books

5 Books To Watch For In January

If 2016 had you down, at the very least I can confidently say there’s a ton of great books to get excited about in 2017. No one knows for sure what …

Why we read: authors and readers on the power of literature

As World Book Day is celebrated around the world – and World Book Night in the UK – we look at great quotes from authors on why they like reading, as well as some from our own readers<p>When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, …

Books

Taking Literature to the Streets

From vending machines to coffee sleeves, a number of projects around the world are using guerrilla marketing tactics to promote reading.<p>In 2013, an employee at Minneapolis’s Coffee House Press opened the day’s mail to find an unexpected delivery: 10,000 coffee sleeves promoting the television show</i> …

The 200 Happiest Words in Literature

Excellent, laughs, joy, rainbow, outstanding, butterflies, sunlight, kisses, weekends, cake, cheers, relaxing, Saturdays, cupcake, extraordinary, hilarious, moonlight, optimistic, peaceful, romance, internet.<p>There are six main types of stories in fiction. That’s what computer scientists found after …

Happiness

Indies Recommend: 10 Small Press Books You Should Read This January

<i>As the nation’s only non-profit distributor, Small Press Distribution is dedicated to getting small press literature to the people who want to read</i> …

Books

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

U.S. singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American …

Literature

Of literature, with love

While Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen and Whitman make it to any literature list, Sarah Kay or Anis Mojgani, might take a little work. That is because …

Literature

Is It Possible for a Writer to Be Objective?

In Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. Janet Malcolm once said that the “pose of fair-mindedness, the charade of evenhandedness” are “rhetorical ruses.” This week, Pankaj Mishra and Leslie Jamison discuss whether writers can ever truly put aside their own prejudices …

Books

Controversial Mein Kampf Reprint Becomes German Bestseller

Germany withheld Adolf Hitler’s notorious memoir <i>Mein Kampf</i> from print for as long as legally possible, intent on keeping the dictator’s horrific legacy from maintaining a foothold in its post-war society. However, when the book finally entered the public domain in 2016, it was inevitable that new …

What to read after 'A Man Called Ove'

If you fell for Ove, we think these books featuring elderly heroes might have a shot at winning your heart. Read More