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The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014: Where Are the Women?

In 1996, Kate Mosse established what is now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in response to the 1991 Booker Prize all-male shortlist (this was prior to the release of longlisted titles) in a year when 60% of novels published were written by females. 1,057 more words


Seinfeld History: The True Story of the Real 'Joe Davola'

Joe Davola ran into Larry David and his manager/girlfriend, Laurie Lennard, at a Robin Hood Foundation fundraising party in Los Angeles, round about 1992. The TV executive, now at Fox, had known Lennard since his days at MTV in the ‘80s and had courted David’s comedy writing talents at various times since then. 623 more words


Something Simple, Courgette + Feta Salad

The other day I was asked what set my blog apart from the rest. In short, what was my USP?

In a world where even the most obscure ingredient is relatively accessible, complex recipes, fancy techniques and even fancier equipment saturate our daily lives. 271 more words



Found: Beginnings, endings, and the moments in between

It is easy, I think, to travel somewhere and feel that you have ventured outside of reality. Maybe it was different when more people reached vacation destinations by car, children’s sweaty elbows pressed together in the back of the Cadillac, the whole vehicle smelling like potato chips, road signs out the window the objects of games of iSpy. 544 more words

Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Key Skills I've Developed as a Career Criminal

There’s a constant flow of those cliché, common sense Linkedin style articles floating all over the internet with titles like, ‘skills you should put on your CV’ or ‘skills you develop from University’. 658 more words


Romeo, Juliet, and the Tragedy of Ben Holmes

It was on a silent car ride to a hike up the Boulder with my mother when I first questioned the definition of the word… 1,244 more words


Sex with Fruit Flies

It’s the strangest thing.

I left for work today thinking to myself that I really needed to actually do something about the fruit-fly situation in our kitchen. 532 more words


Gaza Through the Eyes of Someone Far From Home

Guest contribution by Deena Kishawi

As the days of summer pass, I have tried hard to ignore the news. Not because I don’t want to know the goings-on in the world but because I know that if I see or hear something that strikes a nerve, my heart will shatter just as forcefully. 728 more words


Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

So...yeah.  Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism.  It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs entitled “ 970 more words



I am freaking out.

It snuck up on me, I swear.  I knew it was coming; it shouldn’t be a surprise.  I’ve had plenty of time to prepare, to wrap my mind around it, psych myself up for it. 1,054 more words


What’s So Bad About Weird Al’s “Word Crimes”?

So Weird Al Yankovic is back. To completely lift the words of my brilliant friend Stoo, “you remember Weird Al, right? He was last popular around the same time as nothing at all, ever”. 2,034 more words


Hey, What’s That Book You’re Not Reading?

In the Wall Street Journal this weekend I define a new metric aimed at identifying books people are buying but not reading.

How can we find today’s greatest non-reads?

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You Just Might Make It In the Games Press

It’s not that hard to write about video games for a living. Really. I did it. Still do, kind of. I agree with Arthur on one point, mainly: being a good enough writer to do so professionally is a gift, and reading and schooling and blogging can only get you so far. 1,187 more words


Why the Same Old Story Means the Same Old Story

“One of my frustrations is that we tell the same stories over and over again, when we should be looking for more stories because there are so many out there.”

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English Vinglish

 In a recent turn of events, I traded an over-cluttered life in Bombay for a school on a hill to teach English to grade seven and eight students. 700 more words


Exploring the New Yorker's Archives

The New Yorker‘s archives are open to all for the next couple months. After that, the metered paywall goes up. So for those of you who haven’t subscribed, here are a few recommended gems: 118 more words


There's No Going Back: Iraq Ten Years Later

After my last trip to Iraq in 2006, I told myself I would return. I’d go to the places I patrolled with the marines and to the homes I stomped into and out of as an appendage of their squads. 805 more words


10 Ways to Know You're a Writer

You’ve wondered, right?

You’ve asked yourself this question many times and you’re reading this post to find out, “Am I a writer?”

Like a hypochondriac checking out WebMD for signs and symptoms, you scour articles and blog posts for the telltale signs and symptoms that you’ve got what it takes to declare yourself a writer. 489 more words


On Music, Class, Culture: British Duo Sleaford Mods

This sold out gig would appear to be the antithesis of everything this duo stand for. Hipsters with sleeve tattoos, wispy beards destined to be on the cutting room floor by Christmas, imbibers of nothing but craft ale. 660 more words


Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts to Mainstream

ASHEVILLE, NC — Derek Loy has been living the hipster lifestyle for the past two years, but after his bank account began to dwindle, he reverted to mainstream customs. 311 more words

Fake News

Edits: Preparing For a Job Interview

I am dismantling myself, one individuality at a time.


Photographer Spotlight: Joshua Malik

His low-lit conceptual photography is haunting and moody, and he only shoots in the waning minutes after sunset with the encroaching dark of night. If you’re interested in his style and want to learn more from him, be sure to check out the links below for photography workshops this summer and fall. 1,193 more words


Why I (An Adoptive Parent) Am Not Pro-Adoption

by my Mother – retired social worker, adoptive parent, voracious reader

How many times have I looked at my daughter over the last seventeen years and been thankful for her presence in my life? 913 more words


Occupied Premises

The telly is on. Your eldest is deeply involved in her mobile phone. The middle one is doing homework – reluctantly – at the dining table, and the youngest one is running a brightly coloured plastic car across your face, and occasionally the cat, whose tail twitches up each time it happens, like a warning cobra. 1,265 more words


The Problem of Richard Feynman

[Updated again — see note at end of post] Very few heroes can survive scrutiny unscathed. They all have flaws, by virtue of being human. 2,182 more words


On Crossing Out of Strange Lands

Kiddo has been home for a little over six weeks now, and it’s begun to feel normal, which is wonderful and also strange. We’re a year into this college thing now, and it seems designed to keep everyone slightly off- kilter, which is not as unpleasant as that might sound. 1,092 more words