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Person of the Year 2017:TheSilenceBreakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses …

Roy Moore
Crime

Professional romance novelists can write 3,000 words a day. Here’s how they do it

Writing is not a sexy business. It’s not a rare butterfly that floats down and gently kisses you on the nose with a brilliant idea that conjures a hurricane of cash. It’s frustrating, and it’s lonely, and for most people, it doesn’t pay.<p>But one genre consistently makes it work. Romance writers who …

Creative Writing

Stephen King has spent half a century scaring us, but his legacy is so much more than horror

It’s a big year for King adaptations, but the movies only tell part of the story.<p>It’s nearly impossible to overstate how influential Stephen King is. For the past four decades, no single writer has dominated the landscape of genre writing like him. To date, he is the only author in history to have …

Horror

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Save Electricity and Lower Your Electric Bill

It’s summer, the time of year for backyard grilling, lounging poolside and…<b>skyrocketing electric bills.</b><p>That last element isn’t something most of us …

Home Improvement

13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read

I haven't managed to read all of Stephen King's novels yet — I'm still working on that — but I <i>have</i> read all of his short stories. All of the …

Books

How Not to Write a Book

The sensitivity editors apparently believe they are entitled to some say in a process they might not understand or respect.<p>A few thoughts on the art …

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Creative Writing

How real books have trumped ebooks

Books have always had a fetishistic quality to them, with their dusty secretiveness. Now, though, it feels like we’re living through a special moment in the history of book design and beautiful books are everywhere.<p>Take George Saunders’s <i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i>with its marmoreal endpapers or Peter …

Books

Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh

“Forget death and seek life!” With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took himself off to a life of solitude in a country cabin near Walden Pond, just outside Concord, …

Literature

Baltimore Protests Intensify: Pictures

Protest

No news is the only news as Pacquiao-Mayweather approaches

We are here on the fight scene. It's Wednesday, meaning<p>Manny Pacquiaoversus Floyd Mayweather Jr. is three days away. We are here to report the news.<p>There is none.<p>They held a newsless news conference in a huge showroom at the MGM Grand.<p>Before the newsless news conference, they held a newsless …