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7 books that will give you the tech knowledge you need to start a business

And every college kid dreams of becoming a tech billionaire. There's a certain 'hollywoodization' of entrepreneurship.<p>It's also much easier to start a business. Throw up a website using one of the many templates out there, host it on Amazon Web Services or GoDaddy, find a problem you think exists, …

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Eating Toward Immortality

Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.<p>Knowing a thing means you don’t need to believe in it. Whatever can be known, or proven by logic or evidence, doesn’t need to be taken on faith. Certain details of nutrition and the physiology of eating are known and knowable: the …

Nutrition

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>• The 100 best nonfiction books: No 51 – The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and …

The Best Children’s Books of 2016

From love to mortality to the lives of Einstein and Louise Bourgeois, by way of silence and the color of the wind.<p>In his meditation on the three ways of writing for children and the key to authenticity in all writing, C.S. Lewis admonished against treating children, in literature or life, as “a …

Literature

6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover

Get a taste for each corner of the world.<p>Move over, Milan. Get a taste for some surprising food destinations with this neighborhood guide to the best eats on (almost) every continent.<p>EUROPE <b><br>Budapest, Hungary</b><p>This European capital straddles the Danube River—Buda on one side and Pest on the other—and …

Coney Island

These 38 Airlines Have the Lowest Airline Safety Ratings

When thinking about the range of qualities we look for in an airline, the ability to deliver us to our destination alive is at the top of the list …

The best SF and fantasy books of 2016

In a year in which new and important voices from around the world made themselves heard, Adam Roberts reflects on SF’s ever-expanding universe • Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?<p>In 2016, SF and fantasy went global. It wasn’t a question of success – both genres have been globally …

5 terrible writing habits to avoid

I have a theory: The more disciplined the writer, the easier it is to make a living as one.<p>It seems obvious, but it took me several years of filing …

These Are the Best Books of 2016

The five novels you need to read this year, plus recommendations from the authors.<p><i>Version Control</i> by Dexter Palmer<p><b>Okay, why should I read Version Control?</b> <i><br>Version Control</i> is work of speculative fiction—basically science fiction set in the near future. There are self-driving cars and nanobots, but</i> …

Zadie Smith interview: 'I've always made myself cringe'

Zadie Smith tells Jeffrey Eugenides why trauma and self-disgust lurk beneath the glittering surface of her new novel<p>Zadie Smith is there and not there. In the streaming image on my laptop she sits at a desk, backlit in her book-lined office, her right hand holding a goblet filled with liquid of …

33 Authors Gave Us Their Best Advice On Writing

"Write the book that you're desperate to read. Fall in love with your characters. Finish the day's writing at a point where you want to know what happens next. And keep writing every day."<p><b>01.</b> As Kandinsky says, "Everything starts with a dot." Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where …

12 actions you need to do right now to be a better writer

You <b>can</b> be a better writer. So many posts offer you advice. Most of it you just look it, kind of file it away, and never return to it. That’s why I’m …

I Wrote a Children's Book That Was Rated Too Nasty for Kids

Who would've thought that a children's book called 'NASTYbook' would be deemed too disgusting and inappropriate for kids?<p>As a writer, I specialize in very brief, surreal fictions. For instance, I wrote a story (a personal favorite) in which I capture a runaway vagina from up a tree.<p>Some years ago, …

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Alan Moore Takes League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to the ’60s

Author: Scott Thill. Scott Thill Culture<p>Date of Publication: 07.21.11.<p>Time of Publication: 2:33 pm. 2:33 pm<p><i>Alan Moore is writing a tome longer than</i> …

Books: How to Write A Short Story

An old master gives us an exemplary what-not-to-do list in her new book<p>By Pico Iyer Sunday, Nov. 05, 2006<p>Subscriber content preview. or<p>Alice Munro …

VS Naipaul’s Advice To Writers

My post a few minutes ago about the misuse of the word <i>populist</i> reminded me of a list of suggestions VS Naipaul drew up many years ago for beginning …

Creative Writing

Penguin Random House

Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives.<p>Start Reading<p>Browse Books to Make You a Better …

The Science Behind Our Love Of Storytelling

<b>GENEVA</b> — We are, you and I, narrative animals. The Homo sapien is "the great ape with the storytelling mind," as Jonathan Gottschall puts it. …

Here Are the Best Books of 2015 So Far

<i>A God in Ruins</i> by Kate Atkinson<p>Atkinson covers four generations of the Todd family that was at the center of her novel, <i>Life After Life.</i> The narrative …

An Introverted Writer’s Lament

Writing used to be a solitary profession. How did it become so interminably social?<p>Whether we’re behind the podium or awaiting our turn, numbing our bottoms on the chill of metal foldout chairs or trying to work some life into our terror-stricken tongues, we introverts feel the pain of the public …

Flannery O'Connor

Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin

More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital<p>The building that houses Agora, tucked away in a small side-street in residential Neukölln, in an old lock-making factory, is easy to ignore.<p>Outside a handful of people in their …

What's the Most Important Element of a Good Story?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of writers, journalists, and producers to explain what makes a story great. According to <i>House of Cards</i> showrunner Beau Willimon, the answer is a simple one: "The most important element in a good story is conflict. It's seeing two opposing forces …

Comics

Story Telling with Story Mapping

Once upon a time, a customer had a great buying experience on a website. The customer loved how from the moment the customer was on the site to the …

Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture - Vox

I was halfway through a job interview when I realized I was wrinkling my nose. I couldn't help myself. A full-time freelance position with a long commute, no benefits, and a quarter of my old pay was the best they could do? I couldn't hide how I felt about that, and the 25-year-old conducting the …

18 Amazing Active Vacations You Can Actually Afford

There’s something about using our vacation days that makes us loosen up—way up—on our otherwise healthy habits. Whether we’re downing margaritas and …