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2015 Holiday Gift Guide For People Who Love Photography

Giving a gift to a photographer can be a tricky thing. We’re picky about our gear, and those T-shirts with cheesy photography jokes aren’t quite as …

Review: Satechi’s Type-C Hub is almost the perfect MacBook hub with USB 3 + SD Card ports

Satechi’s new <b>Type-C USB Hub</b> announced in October at first glance looks like the perfect solution for using single-port Retina MacBooks with wired accessories and SD cards. It adds three traditional USB 3.0 ports like MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros so you can plug in flash drives, Lightning cables, …

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The Art Of Reading Captured By New York City Photographer During 20 Year Career As A Photojournalist

Bus driver, Tribeca, Jan. 7, 2013.<p>As an 18-year old, Lawrence Schwartzwald didn’t own a camera, nor had ever practiced the craft. The teenager, …

Google Drive Desktop App Update Adds Right-click Sharing

Over the weekend Google has released a new update for its Google Drive Cloud storage service which has brought with it a number of new features and …

Adobe moves Photoshop to the cloud

Photoshop, InDesign and all the Creative Suite applications are to be moved to the Creative Cloud, Adobe has announced.<p>The change means that Adobe’s CS6 will be the last version of Creative Suite, and all future Adobe pro software will be available on a subscription basis via the internet.<p>The new …

Getting the best TV experience on your Note II

Thanks to the Note II processor's quad-core power, it'll also play back the majority of your quirky file formats up to either 720p or 1080p – …

The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and …

Blackstrap Prints Your Instapaper Into A Book

A new service called Blackstrap was quietly launched last week. It allows you to send unread articles and stories saved in read-it-later services such as Pocket, Instapaper or as favorites on Twitter, and have them printed in a neat, 74-page package for $15 a go. It's an elegant demonstration of …

Cancer, Deadlines and Edwardian England

For some authors, their writing routine is not only sacred, it's practically holy and adhered to with superstitious zeal -- the smallest deviation or break from tradition could mean the difference between a good writing day and a bad one.<p>While writing <i>East of Eden</i>, John Steinbeck began each day by …

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War: Revising the Past, Revisiting the Lies

<i>"One of our victims was searched when the shooting stopped and the bleeding continued and was found to be in possession of a medal. Our interpreter told us it was for heroism at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu fourteen years previous. While we were sent to war to fight communism, he had fought his</i> …

The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books of all time, the beautiful, contemplative novella <i>The Little Prince</i>. To …

Scott Turow decries 'slow death' of the American author

The "slow death" of the American author is being lamented by Scott Turow, with the bestselling novelist and president of the Authors Guild blaming …

Tips, links and suggestions: Tell us what you are reading today

"Very quiet round here? Are we all busy reading?" So wondered Getoverit99 at the end of last week. Well yes, on the evidence of this touching flickr …

Tim Waterstone: 'If reading is going be all digital in 50 years, so be it'

Tim Waterstone's house in Holland Park, west London, sits on the edge of a small cluster of book-industry landmarks. Round the corner is the HQ of …

Death's Summer Coat: A Review of The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition

When I was four years old, I lived with my mother and grandparents in a white house with two porches. A great, leaning barn sheltered the farm cats, Snow-foot, Fluffy and Yellow-Tom, and if you left the hose on, toads gathered in plague proportion by the basement window. I remember this place as …

10 Books to Read While You’re Waiting for ‘The Great Gatsby’ to Come Out

About a month from now, Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated film adaptation of <i>The Great Gatsby</i> will hit theaters, and try as we might to maintain a …

What Inspires Authors to Write Their Novels?

Ask any group of authors what inspired them to write their novels, and you'll get a collection of answers as different as the books themselves.<p>Erin Hart is the author of four archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious bogs of Ireland. What inspired her newest novel, <i>The Book of Killowen</i>?<p>My …

The Rumpus Conversation Between Jennifer Gilmore and Meg Wolitzer

<i>I met Meg Wolitzer when she was doing something nice for me. I know being “nice” is a horrible description of someone, especially someone with so</i> …

When Words That Shouldn’t Last Last

I was in Iceland, talking with Stein, the eleven-year-old son of some friends. His English was dauntingly good—and all the more so given that he’d never spent any real time off the island. I’d just flown over in a packed plane, and I said that tourism seemed to be exploding, and he, deliberating, …

Maya Angelou: How I Write

<b>Tell me about the dinner party at which the writer James Baldwin and the cartoonist Jules Feiffer first encouraged you to write your first memoir, I</b> …

Witches And Wizards: A Scrapbook From The Land Of Oz

<i>The Yellow Brick Road is a well-traveled one; generations of young readers have followed L. Frank Baum's path to the magical Land of Oz. This spring, as members of NPR's Backseat Book Club embarked on their own journeys to the Emerald City, we asked you to share your Oz memories and photos with us.</i> …

Gerri Gray's Cemetery Photography

Prime: How One Programmer is Hoping to Tackle “Photo Consumption Fatigue”

Photo sharing is “in” these days. Just look around, and you’ll find that pretty much every major social network has it as a major pillar of their …

Danny Santos II: From Street Photographer to Fashion Photographer

<i>All images in this piece are copyright of Danny Santos. Used with permission.</i><p>Chances are that you’ve seen the work of Danny Santos II–specifically …

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The Telegraph Uses an Absolutely Brilliant Photo To Illustrate a Story

Not many people know or really understand what a Photo Editor does at a newspaper or a publication. No, they’re not taking a photographer’s RAWs and …

20 Nostalgic Pictures of Covered Bridges

Just like stone bridges, covered wooden bridges hint at a slower paced world that has long been forgotten. Unlike stone bridges however, which seem …