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How Stephen King Teaches Writing

Looking back on his days in front of a high school classroom, the acclaimed writer shares his views on grammar and explains why discovering great literature is like losing one's virginity.<p>Stephen King’s <i>On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft</i> has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it …

Three new Pokemon found hiding in Pokemon X and Y

The Pokémon hacking community has discovered three new Pokémon hidden in the code for <i>Pokémon X/Pokémon Y</i> that aren't currently available to players, reports Kotaku.<p>The games' file format was decrypted last week, and since then, screenshots of new Pokémon have been circulating on places like Reddit …

20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing

Knowing what separates good writing from bad writing is a challenge that every author faces at one time or another in his or her career. With an …

Creative Writing

Behold, a Database That Tracks More Than 500 Episodes of The Simpsons

The project, created by a professor of the digital humanities, is nerdy and eeeeeeeexcellent.<p>What is <i>The Simpsons</i>? It's a television show, certainly—specifically, the longest-running American sitcom of all time. It's a cultural touchstone. It's a delight. But it's also an archival collection—25 …

Obama's Long Immigration Betrayal

To understand why activists are so angry at the president, you have to understand how close they've come—and how long they've waited.<p>Why does it matter that President Obama has decided to delay action on immigration until after the November elections? What difference does a couple of extra months …

Gotham state of mind: what do comics tell us about cities?

Raised in New York, fed by newspapers and nourished by urban life, comics tell the secrets of cities … and of those of us who live in them<p>If you have made it this far into the story, the chances are the city in your mind is New York. Or at least some version of it. Surely no streets have been …