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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 …

5 arrested in alleged South Africa cannibalism ring after man tells police he’s ‘tired of eating human flesh’

By Samantha Schmidt<p>Samantha Schmidt<p>Reporter covering gender and family issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>Editor’s note: This story contains graphic detail.</i><p>More than a week ago, a South African man walked into a police station with a morbid confession. He was “tired of eating human flesh,” he told police.<p>The …

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 …

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 …

Stephen King

10 Proven Ways to Save Electricity at Home - DollarSprout

This post may contain affiliate links. Policy Page<p>It’s summer, the time of year for backyard grilling, lounging poolside and…<b>skyrocketing electric</b> …

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 …

How Not to Write a Book

A few thoughts on the art of scribbling:<p>Maybe you have heard that writing is a lonely job. This can be true if you’re lucky. This means that it is …

Writing

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> …

How real books have trumped ebooks

The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherished<p>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 …

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 …

Mesopotamia

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

This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers<p>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 …

Henry David Thoreau

Baltimore Protests Intensify: Pictures

No news is the only news as Pacquiao-Mayweather approaches

We are here on the fight scene. It's Wednesday, meaning Manny Pacquiao versus 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 …