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The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing

The author Reif Larsen says Joseph Conrad and Anselm Kiefer taught him how to practice omission without infuriating his readers.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …

'Selected Letters of Langston Hughes' a glimpse of enigmatic poet

In 1960, the NAACP presented its highest honor — the Spingarn Medal — to poet and activist Langston Hughes. In accepting, Hughes made a point to give credit where he believed it was most due: "I can accept this only in the name of the Negro people who have given me the materials out of which my …

How Hashtags Can Help Your Magazines on Flipboard

Jenn de la Vega / January 22, 2015<p>The <b>#</b> symbol, known as the “pound” or “hash” key on your phone, is now more popularly known across social media as …

The 10 Best Poems of 2014

While there have been many lists made of 2014’s notable poetry books, what has been most notable is a lack of focus on the poems themselves. If you …

Literature

France's First Free-Speech Challenge After Charlie Hebdo

Provocateur and "comedian" Dieudonné could face charges after posting a controversial statement on his Facebook account.<p>Even before last week's horrific events, the relative complexity of free speech in France could be encapsulated by Dieudonné M’bala M’bala⎯a political comedian or practitioner of …

Nine Great Poetry Books of 2014

1914 was a bad year for politics but a great year for poetry: you could argue that it was the year that Modernism hit its stride. 2014 was pretty great, too. These are the books that I predict will be read in 2114—on Mars, perhaps, by whatever creatures produced that recent puff of Martian methane, …

Literature

If the Master Painters Had Cameras, They Couldn’t Do Better Than This

Bill Gekas is an award-winning photographer from Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by a love for classical paintings, Gekas tries to create the look and …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Church Of England Faces Extinction, Says Former Archbishop Of Canterbury Lord George Carey

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can attract more young people now.<p>Talking to 300 churchgoers in Shropshire, West England (Nov. 18) on the eve of a church agreement to start a campaign …

Why Poetry Makes Sense: An Interview With Stephen Burt

Poetry can be an excellent teacher. It educates readers on places we know well and those we've never been. It honors celebrated people and ordinary ones. Without pretension or over-analysis, poetry teaches the most practical lessons on love, friendship, romance and the loss of all these things.<p>The …

Writing Tips: 25 Rules For Keeping It Short And Snappy

<i>The following is an excerpt from "How To Write Short" by Roy Peter Clark [Little, Brown, $20.00]. The author explores not only tweets and statuses, but prayers and haikus, in his instructional book on snappy writing.</i><p>In his book "Write Tight," William Brohaugh has a name for this strategy: nonverbal …

Factional conflicts have the power to destroy empires - and republics

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Bitter fights in Washington are making the US economy look much worse than it is.<p>The US Founding Fathers abhorred factions. The 10th Federalist Paper by James Madison in 1787 is a study of how to defend the fledgeling republic against the dangers of organised zealotry, the …

This Poll Should Be A Gigantic Red Flag For The GOP

According to the poll, American voters oppose shutting down the federal government to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act by a significant, 72-22 margin. And on another upcoming fight — raising the debt ceiling— Americans oppose using it to stop the health-care law's implementation by a …

Here's the List of This Year's MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Twenty-four people received the MacArthur "Genius Grant" phone call this year, meaning they'll get a …

US plane in 1961 'nuclear bomb near-miss'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1012000/1012462_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532522364_9963a5bcb6a44be5c82f743e2abe1490<p><b>A four-megaton nuclear bomb was one switch away from exploding over the US in 1961, a newly declassified US document confirms.</b><p>Two bombs were on board …

North Carolina

Judges call for reopening of inquiry into 1961 death of UN chief

An international panel of retired judges has called for a new inquiry into the death in 1961 of the United Nations secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld, in an air crash in Zambia.<p>It says that significant new evidence has emerged and that the possibility that Hammarskjöld's plane was shot down should …

'World's largest volcano discovered beneath Pacific

<b>Scientists say that they have discovered the single largest volcano in the world, a dead colossus deep beneath the Pacific waves.</b><p>A team writing in the journal Nature Geoscience says the 310,000 sq km (119,000 sq mi) Tamu Massif is comparable in size to Mars' vast Olympus Mons volcano - the largest …

Sea Level

A Point of View: Why embracing change is the key to happiness

<b>Human happiness may rely on our ability to conquer a natural fear of upsetting the status quo, says AL Kennedy.</b><p>Imagine three identical boxes. Two are empty and one contains your heart's desire, perhaps love, perhaps a nice cup of tea. A kind, if slightly perverse, person says you can pick one box …

Elections

POEM OF THE DAY "Pull My Daisy III" by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady

Here is the 3rd of the 3 published poems from the "Pull My Daisy" series - which was a joint focus by the 3 Beat Generation leaders (Ginsberg, …

POEM OF THE DAY -- "Hymn" by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac, of course, is an American literary Icon. Famous for his landmark prose novels "On the Road" and "Visions of Cody" and "Dharma Bums" …

Top 100 or so Poems -- POEM OF THE DAY -- "SNOW" by ee cummings

11/22/2011 -- E. E. Cummings has several poems in the "Top 100" list we're compiling. This one -- "Snow" is the most compelling - and interesting - …

Maria Tallchief obituary

Maria Tallchief, who has died aged 88, was the quintessential American ballerina. As the dancer Jacques d'Amboise put it: "The English have their Fonteyn; the French, Chauviré; the Russians, Ulanova; the Cubans, Alonso; and now the US could claim their Tallchief." At the height of her career she …

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. …

The Power of Introverts, Animated

In this short animated excerpt from Susan Cain’s RSA talk, based on her fantastic book <b>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</b> (<i>public library</i>) and illustrated by the darkly delightful Molly Crabapple, Cain explores how modern society evolved to glorify the qualities …

Frida Kahlo’s Politics

Though Mexican painter and reconstructionist <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) was born on July 6, 1907, she insisted on listing July 7, 1910, as her birth date — the start of the Mexican revolution — so that her life would parallel the birth of modern Mexico. But how, exactly, did the iconic …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God

The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. We’ve previously looked at a BBC documentary on the complex relationship between the two and 7 essential books on the …