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Creativity: The science behind the madness

An all-star cast of Big Thinkers—actors Rainn Wilson and Ethan Hawke; composer Anthony Brandt; neuroscientists David Eagleman, Wendy Suzuki, and Beau Lotto; and psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—share how they define creativity and explain how our brains uniquely evolved for the phenomenon. According to Eagleman, during evolution there was an increase in space between our brain's input and output that allows information more time to percolate. We also grew a larger prefrontal cortex which "allows...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Design, Biology, Writing, Neuroscience, Play, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, Ethan Hawke, Fear, Evolution, Mind, Personal Growth, Rainn Wilson

"Fantasy Magazine" returns after nearly a decade away

Acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy publisher John Joseph Adams has announced the return of Fantasy Magazine, after being shuttered for nearly a decade. Here's the official history, according to the press release: Fantasy Magazine was originally launched in 2005, published by Sean Wallace and edited by a team of Wallace and Paul Tremblay. It started as a print magazine before shifting to digital-only publication in 2007. That shift coincided with an editorial change: Paul Tremblay stepped down and was r...
Tags: Post, Publishing, News, Writing, Fiction, Fantasy, Nightmare, Lightspeed, John Joseph Adams, Adams, Wallace, Adam, Rambo, Paul Tremblay, Sean Wallace, Adamant Press

"There's never been a film before about a family that home educates its kids. Very few people in the movie world have had that experience..."

"... so I don't think it's a subject that would be treated objectively. It's a runaway, underground, counter-culture kind of thing - that's why it hasn't been done," said Charles Webb, quoted in "What happened next? (the author will let you know after he dies)," a 2005 article in The Guardian, which I'm reading this morning after blogging the NYT obituary for Charles Webb yesterday. Webb, the author of the novel "The Graduate," signed away the rights to the characters in his story when he sold t...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Hollywood, Writing, Law, US, Los Angeles, David, Paris, John, The Graduate, Contracts, Webb, Pessimism, Charles Webb, Ann Althouse

Behold Octavia Butler’s Motivational Notes to Self

Handwritten notes on the inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988 I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining. —Octavia E. Butler Like many authors, the late Octavia E. Butler took up writing at a young age. At 11, she was churning out tales about horses and romance. At 12, she saw Devil Girl from Mars, and figured (c...
Tags: Google, Books, Writing, College, K-12, New York Times, Literature, Mars, Pluto, Harlan Ellison, Facebook Twitter, Butler, MacArthur, Octavia Butler, Austin Kleon Related Content, Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop

All the Megapixels?

Only a dozen megapixels there. Many years ago, when the talk of the town was the D810, I remember several of my Nikon-shooting friends at first excited to grab one, and then a few months later lamenting their choice. For example, a friend of mine works for Getty and is responsible for shooting celebrities and events in New York. At 36 megapixels in 2013, he found himself with way too many images that were far too large, which complicated his media storage and seriously slowed down his wor...
Tags: New York, Guns, Writing, Getty, MacBook Air, Nikon, Gadgetry, Tam, Geekery, Pickcher Takin

Martin Amis Explains His Method for Writing Great Sentences

Why does Martin Amis writes sentences well? As a novelist, he naturally has a high degree of professional interest in the matter. But why does he write sentences so well? One might put forth the influence of his father Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim, an enduring contender for the title of the funniest novel in the English language. But given how seldom one acclaimed novelist sires another — an event, in fact, nearly unheard of — the heritability of literary talent remains unknowable....
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Raymond Chandler is the once and future king of opening paragraphs

Somewhere between discovering The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Hellblazer, I fell deeply into love with early-to-mid 20th-century detective fiction. It was a world of smart men who mean well, knife-sharp banter, romance, the end of ropes and of, so much violence. I loved Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson, and Patricia Highsmith. But the writer that kept me up late at night, without fail, has always been Raymond Chandler. Chandler had a knack for getting his hooks into his readers, from the ...
Tags: Post, News, Writing, Patricia Highsmith, Crime fiction, Raymond Chandler, Murphy, Chandler, Santa Anas, Great Openings, Dashiell Hammett Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler Chandler, Dwyer Murphy, Crime Reads

"The difference between a vacation and an adventure is..."

Well, you tell me before I complete that quote for you. I'm listening to a Master Class from David Mamet. He's teaching "Dramatic Writing" and the lesson is on "Structuring the Plot":"The difference between a vacation and an adventure is on an adventure you always wish you were at home."You can imagine what's going on in this lesson. In a plot, the hero needs to get from Point A to Point B, and everything that happens has to be part of that journey. It's not a vacation. It's an adventure.It's on...
Tags: Travel, Writing, Law, Metaphor, David Mamet, Ann Althouse

Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD

Add event to calendarStep inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times. In this special Big Think Live session, psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and poker pro Maria Konnikova will lead a conversation with married writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Waldman and Chabon will discuss how they coach one another to new strengths, 100 years of landmark ACLU cases (the subject of their latest book project), Ayelet's experiences with LSD microdosin...
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LIVE TOMORROW: Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD, with Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon

Add event to calendarStep inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times. In this special Big Think Live session, psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and poker pro Maria Konnikova will lead a conversation with married writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Waldman and Chabon will discuss how they coach one another to new strengths, 100 years of landmark ACLU cases (the subject of their latest book project), Ayelet's experiences with LSD microdosin...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Politics, Television, Arts, Writing, Film, Youtube, Star Trek, Culture, Harvard University, Aclu, New York Times, Innovation, Literature, Sherlock Holmes

What I wanted to learn.

I wanted to take the "Master Class" from David Sedaris, but I couldn't bring myself to pay $99 for a subscription to the app until I saw that they also had a class from Billy Collins, a poet I've liked ever since I randomly picked a book off a high shelf at Paul's Books and read one poem.Both Sedaris and Collins, I see now, begin their writing by noticing some little thing that is present in their own life. Both teach that you ought to carry a notebook with you everywhere and jot down these litt...
Tags: Writing, Law, Masks, Poem, Neil Young, Lipstick, Msnbc, Collins, Joe Scarborough, PAUL, David Sedaris, Bobbi Brown, Alice Waters, Billy Collins, Sedaris, Ann Althouse

This is how you overcome a language barrier

Learning a language can be a tricky process, but it's important to remember that it is a process.Having learned 20 languages so far, Canadian polyglot and LingQ founder Steve Kaufmann's advice is to not focus on the grammar. Constantly thinking about the rules while attempting to speak only makes it harder. Investing time (often several months) into listening, reading, and practicing words before trying to speak a language will help you feel more comfortable with it. You will make mistakes, but ...
Tags: Travel, Productivity, Learning, Education, Writing, Success, Communication, Intelligence, Teaching, Brain, Language, Grammar, Innovation, Mind, Speech, Humanity

Treat code like code and prose like prose

Some recent experiences have prompted me to rethink the value of treating docs like code in some respects. I want to return to focusing more on content rather than technical workflows, especially when creating new content. Some of the docs-like-code processes exclude too many people in non-engineer roles who would otherwise contribute to the review and development of the content.
Tags: Writing, Seo

How to use website optimisation to make the best first impression

How long do you think it takes visitors to decide whether they want to stay on your B2B site? 10 seconds? It's more like 50 milliseconds… you need to make a good impression, fast, putting continuous effort into website optimisation. What we’re saying here is - folks, tidy your room. [Author: [email protected] (Maddy Leslie)]
Tags: Technology, Writing, Marketing, Strategy, Seo, Communication, Inbound Marketing, Websites, Optimisation, Maddy Leslie

Engaging online learners 5

Photo from Pixabay This series is about how teachers can improve engagement for online learners (see links below for previous posts in the series). All forms of education require learners to engage, but when teachers and their students are separated by geographical distance, the challenges increase.This post is about improving student engagement in asynchronous modes - which can be forgotten in the rush to connect with video. And yet asynchronous modes of online learning can be as equally...
Tags: Video, Technology, Learning, Education, Writing, Teaching, Practice, eLearning, Don, Collaborative, Maria von Trapp, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Reflective, Hypermedia

Overheard in the Office...

I'm sitting at my desk, Bobbi is down the hall in the tub. Suddenly I hear a voice from the bathroom!RX: "Can you bring me a pencil?" Me: "A what?!?" RX: "A pencil. There's one stuck in the wooden block mounted over my desk..." Me: "Sure, yeah, I mean... I heard you, it's just that I've been on this planet just over half a century at this point and that's literally the first time I've ever had someone in a bathtub ask me to bring them a pencil."(She needed to mark a particularly annoying vocabul...
Tags: Books, Guns, Writing, Tam, Bobbi, T'hee, Overheard

Engaging online learners 2

Photo from  Pxhere In my previous blog post I remarked that engaging learners can be difficult in any context, but is often harder in online environments. Today, as many of us attempt to teach online, it's often that case that a lot of our energy is expended on keeping students focused and engaged - and at a distance. I also mentioned a very useful model that promotes creative, collaboration online writing. From Gunawardena (1995) we get this five phase model. It can be adapted for a...
Tags: Technology, Education, Writing, Wiki, Online, Activity, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learner, Engaging, International Journal of Educational Technologies, Gunawardena, Warburton Eds Social Software

Writing is a Messy Business

Yesterday’s post was long, so I’ll make up for it today. “Writing fiction or plays or poetry seems to me to be a very messy business. To be a writer requires an enormous tolerance for frustration, for anxiety, for self-doubt.”
 —Writer Harry Crews (A Feast of Snakes)
Tags: Writing, Filmmaking, Harry Crews

Unexpected Literary Subgenre

Via a current piece at DNYUZ, "The Agonizing Question: Is New York City Worth It Anymore?", I was made aware that there's practically an entire subgenre of essays consisting of farewell letters to the Big Apple."The literature may be thin when it comes to “See ya, Chicago” or “Later, Los Angeles” odes, but ever since Ms. Didion set the standard 46 years ago, the “Goodbye New York” essay has become a de rigueur career move for aspiring belle-lettrists. It is a theme that has been explored continu...
Tags: New York, Guns, Writing, Gotham, Chicago, Gawker, David Byrne, Tam, Luc Sante, Meghan Daum, Andrew Sullivan, Didion, Teh Intarw3bz, But is it Art, New York Review, Dani Shapiro

The One Thing Your Marketing Needs To Thrive in a Covid-19 World

A version of this story appeared in Total Annarchy, my fortnightly newsletter that helps you be a better writer, storyteller, marketer. Get it in your inbox; you’ll love it. * * * “Hello… My name is David.” That’s the start of a confirmation email that landed in my inbox recently. Not surprising, really: I’ve been pestering Marketing Newsletters for a while now to focus less on the “news” and more on the “letter.” I’ve also been pestering Marketing to develop a non-neutral writing voice in emai...
Tags: Writing, David, Speaking, Ny Times, David Leonhardt, Email Newsletter, Annarchy, David That, Covid-19 Marketing

Nudge the World a Little

“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.”  Above quote spoken by character Henry in The Real Thing: A Play written by […]
Tags: Writing, Filmmaking, Henry

What Young People Need To Master To Achieve Success In Life

New Post From The Franchise King® Facebook 0 Twitter 318 LinkedIn Pinterest 0 If you’re young, and you want to achieve success in life, there’s one thing you need to excel at.Wait for it…Ready?Writing.Because the ability to write can will take you places. Good places.  On Writing Do you know how to write? I didn’t. Not when I first started.Would you like to know how I improved my “writing?”By writing. And writing. Starting a blog helped, too.Then one day, I receive...
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May linkfest

This month’s book recommendation is The End of October, by Lawrence Wright, the New Yorker staff writer best known for his deeply researched nonfiction (The Looming Tower, about Al-Qaeda and 9/11; Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief). This new book, however, is a novel, although you’ll be forgiven for mistaking it for journalism. It’s set in a time very much like the present (the US president is “self-conscious about his girth” and keeps a tanning bed in the White House Cosm...
Tags: Twitter, Books, Medicine, Writing, Indonesia, White House, US, Atlantic, Linguistics, Al Qaeda, Mecca, North America, Contests, Lawrence Wright, Baby Names, Trademark

Blogger is talking like a robot.

Here's a message that's been appearing lately on the pages I'm seeing as I work on Blogger:In late June, the new Blogger interface will become the default for all users. The legacy interface will still be optionally available. We recommend trying the new interface by clicking “Try the New Blogger” in the left-hand navigation. Please file any critical issues encountered.Please file any critical issues encountered? Is that any way to talk to a human being? It sounds like they're saying if you don'...
Tags: Science Fiction, Writing, Law, Joe Biden, Blogging, Reading, Computers, Robots, The Matrix, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse

Hey, look!

The latest issue of RECOIL: CONCEALMENT is on newsstands! I have a digital subscription on Kindle, but I snagged a dead tree copy from Walgreens yesterday because I have two pieces in this issue.The first is the regular "Crap Shoot" column, which is a look at guns in the $200-or-less price bracket for personal defense. I think I picked a winner, but you may want to read for yourself... Ruger P89 shot by available light with a ten-year-old Nikon D700*, using the secret technique of settin...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Walgreens, Nikon, Tam, Ruger, Rubbermaid, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Rimfires, Pickcher Takin

30 Websites that Will Pay You to Write, Instantly [in 2020]

Do you want to get paid to write? If yes, this list of 30 websites and blogs that pay writers is exactly what you need. It doesn’t really matter whether you want to get paid to write reviews, lists, or tutorials, there is an abundance of blogs and websites that pay writers who can give them high quality content and follow guidelines. You can get paid to write about anything; this list is comprehensive and provides a list of websites in over a dozen categories: web design, travel, writing, progra...
Tags: Google, Python, Microsoft, Writing, US, Paypal, Michigan, Freelance, Clubhouse, Freelance Writing, Vector, Facebook Twitter LinkedIn, TUTS, Carol Tice, Get Paid To Write, Bank Transfer

Dream of Italy Capri Special Report

When you think of Italy, where do you dream of visiting? For so many travelers around the world, the Amalfi Coast and Capri are top of that list. It was exactly the same for me. Living here for more than a decade has only confirmed what I felt on that first visit. This place has a certain something that just makes you want to stay. Or, at the very least, come back as often as possible! Since traveling isn’t possible at the moment, it was a special experience to sit down at my desk and guest edit...
Tags: Travel, Writing, Italy, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Capri, San Giacomo, Dream of Italy, Capri art, Capri shopping, Capri travel, Capri guidebook, Kathy McCabe Yet, Frances Mayes Click

"Some farmers are injecting pregnant sows to cause abortions. Others are forced to euthanize their animals..."

"... often by gassing or shooting them. It’s gotten bad enough that Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, has asked the Trump administration to provide mental health resources to hog farmers. Despite this grisly reality — and the widely reported effects of the factory-farm industry on America’s lands, communities, animals and human health long before this pandemic hit — only around half of Americans say they are trying to reduce their meat consumption. Meat is embedded in our culture and p...
Tags: Meat, Writing, Law, Suicide, Wikipedia, America, Ethics, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Abortion, Euthanasia, Pigs, Jonathan Safran Foer, Irony, Vegetarian, Trump

Best Web Apps for College Students

Many people believe that the college students of today’s generation are very lucky because almost all the things… The post Best Web Apps for College Students appeared first on Gadget Advisor.
Tags: Writing, College, Web Apps

5 Tips To Become A Good Writer

How to become a better writer? These days, it is really very easy to become a good writer for a person who has a firm grip over the English language or another internationally recognized language. In fact, more and more people are turning to freelance due to the current pandemic of coronavirus. No one knows when will this problem come to an end, and at the same time , people want a stable and good source of income. One of the core advantages of becoming a freelance writer is that you can work f...
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