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How Chris McCandless Died

How Chris McCandless Died | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
A new paper presents hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of Christopher McCandless’s death…
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This is a must-read! If you haven't read 'Into the Wild" read it, and read this article. Shocking.

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You Won’t Finish This Article

You Won’t Finish This Article | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone.
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 You must read to the end. It's very funny. It's very true.

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Newspapers tweet historic D-Day front pages

Newspapers tweet historic D-Day front pages | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
This morning Poynter looked at some of today’s front pages marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
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Marikana massacre: The first of Lonmin’s voices are heard | by Greg Marinovich

Marikana massacre: The first of Lonmin’s voices are heard | by Greg Marinovich | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

From http://www.dailymaverick.co.za   As South Africa’s longest strike drags on with no resolution yet in sight, hunger stalks the shanties of Marikana.

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Greg Marinovich, author 'The Bang Bang Club'

"Karee is notorious among miners as the mine with the most intolerable working conditions. The men at the rock face are almost continually wet underground, with conditions said to be more physically arduous than at Lonmin’s Eastern or Western Platinum operations."

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 85, J. G. Ballard

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 85, J. G. Ballard | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

" within just a few weeks of publication, Empire of the Sun has already become his most commercially successful work. This “nonfiction” novel—a great departure in subject matter for Ballard—details his own adolescent experiences,"

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INTERVIEWER

So, how do you write, exactly?

BALLARD

Actually, there’s no secret. One simply pulls the cork out of the bottle, waits three minutes, and two thousand or more years of Scottish craftsmanship does the rest.

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman: review - Telegraph

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman: review - Telegraph | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Salley Vickers argues that Philip Pullman's new book, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, has done the story of the Gospels a service, by reminding us of its power
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I loved the book.

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Who Killed Anna Mae?

Who Killed Anna Mae? | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Nearly 40 years ago, a Native American activist turned up dead, and still no one knows who was responsible. She had a lot of enemies, but her friends may have been more dangerous.
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How Kafka Actually Lived

How Kafka Actually Lived | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.
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Paris Review – Nothing Is Alien: An Interview with Leslie Jamison, Merve Emre

Paris Review – Nothing Is Alien: An Interview with Leslie Jamison, Merve Emre | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The author of “The Empathy Exams” on feminism, shame, and teaching empathy.
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JG Ballard: five years on – a celebration

JG Ballard: five years on – a celebration | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Disaster zones, warped modernity, fetishised sex – welcome to the world of JG Ballard, who died five years ago this month. His complete works are being reissued: here seven admiring writers explore what makes particular books so memorable, and so strange

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Excerpt:  "Yet the central thrust of his work is that disaster is not always an entirely negative experience...Far from being a type of dystopian prophecy – though at times it is that too – his work has at its core an experience of inner transformation and renewal."

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Writing The Antihero (And Why So Many Authors Get It Wrong)

Writing The Antihero (And Why So Many Authors Get It Wrong) | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

"We all like to love a rogue - or even a criminal mind. [Take] Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver“. He’s a mad monkey for sure: paranoid, violent, self-absorbed, maniacal. But he’s served his country in Vietnam. He also loves. He has tenderness for Iris, and passion for Betsy."


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3 ways to use Wikipedia as an education tool | CILIP

3 ways to use Wikipedia as an education tool | CILIP | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

"Rather than telling students to pretend Wikipedia does not exist ... get students in the habit of reading reviews of an article, checking how recently it has been edited, reviewing past versions and looking at what information is potentially missing. "

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My Life as a Writer

My Life as a Writer | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Philip Roth talks about rereading his own work, accusations of misogyny and not winning the Nobel Prize.
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There are paragraphs here that, from anyone else, would sound a rant; from Roth they come together as poetry. 

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Lifecycle Librarianship

Lifecycle Librarianship | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

" Computer-literate people, according to the study, do not oppose getting information from their libraries; they simply prefer to acquire it elsewhere. When pressed on how to improve library services, they will suggest buying more books and mention the need for hospitable surroundings, friendly staff, plenty of parking, and convenient hours. In short, they wanted a positive physical, not online, library experience."

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What libraries do best: books, hospitable surroundings, and friendly staff.

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National Journal bets on longform content with magazine redesign | Poynter.

National Journal bets on longform content with magazine redesign | Poynter. | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

"So what’s print for? “It’s for longform, it’s for things that are beautifully crafted, it’s for things that reflect months and months of reporting,” " @abeaujon

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Further reading on the 'power' of the essay: She : Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body" by Cynthia Ozick http://m.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/98sep/ozick.htm " Something else, more striking yet, catches our attention -- the essay's power. By "power" I mean precisely the capacity to do what force always does: coerce assent. "
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Mavis Staples Remembers Singing “The Weight”

Mavis Staples Remembers Singing “The Weight” | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
“I don’t want to be gloatin’, you know, but anytime I watch it, it’s refreshing.”
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Love it! Rick Danko sings, rips on bass in The Weight - Mavis Staples Remembers Singing “The Weight”

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 150, Jeanette Winterson

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 150, Jeanette Winterson | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Between 1981 and 1987, Winterson worked at the Roundhouse Theatre in London and then in publishing. During that time she wrote her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), a semi-autobiographical account of coming of age as a lesbian and a writer, interwoven with elements of the mythical and the fantastic

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Interweaving of mythical and fantastic is the signature of Winterson's writing. And its resulting beauty.

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How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy? | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.
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A Eulogy for Twitter

A Eulogy for Twitter | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.
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Excerpt:  "First, you had to believe that someone else out there was paying attention, or better, that a significant portion—not just 1 or 2 percent—of your followers might see your tweet. Second, you had to believe that skilled and compelling tweeting would increase your follower count. Third, you had to believe there was a useful audience you couldn’t see, beyond your timeline—a group you might want to follow one day.

 

Those fictions have proven foolish, one-by-one."

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Is Philosophy Obsolete?

Is Philosophy Obsolete? | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
No. It helps make us coherent to ourselves, and that’s a never-ending project.
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The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction

The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Juliet McKenna argues that far from being inferior to literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy can create debate around the most complex political issues
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Roddy Doyle: “Box Sets”

Roddy Doyle: “Box Sets” | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "There’d nearly been a fight. People were drinking wine like it was beer and a man Sam didn’t know had thumped the table and shouted that “House of Cards” was better than “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” put together."

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It's Roddy Doyle! Read it.

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Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, comes to town - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, comes to town - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Irish writer, Edna O'Brien, comes to town
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The author of 21 works of fiction, five plays, short story collections and three nonfiction books, Ms. O'Brien is the reigning doyenne of Irish letters.
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Lucky Irish to claim O'Brien as their own. My favourite: Down By the River

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The Believer - The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison - @believermag

The Believer - The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison - @believermag | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

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"My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies. I’m called a Standardized Patient, which means I act toward the norms of my disorders. I’m "

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NY Times’ Abramson: ‘Long-form narrative is not only alive but dancing to new music’ | Poynter.

Susan Orlean sees a thriving narrative scene because, “There’s never been a better time to be a teller of stories. New technology trends might be disturbing, she said, but writers should remember that those just affect the packaging. ”

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Daughters of Revolution: Nadifa Mohamed’s ‘Orchard of Lost Souls’

Daughters of Revolution: Nadifa Mohamed’s ‘Orchard of Lost Souls’ | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Nadifa Mohamed’s second novel, “The Orchard of Lost Souls,” could have used this observation as its starting point: "A woman alone is like a piece of sheep fat in the sun,” she wrote. “Everything will come and feed on that fat. Before you know it, the ants and insects are crawling all over it, until there is nothing left but a smear of grease.”  Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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NYT’s Dan Barry COM’s Narrative Conference Keynote Speaker | BU Today | Boston University

NYT’s Dan Barry COM’s Narrative Conference Keynote Speaker | BU Today | Boston University | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Pulitzer winner among panelists at annual nonfiction seminar

 

Interviewer: What advice would you give to students who want to write long-form journalism or their own column someday? Barry: For people who want to participate in long-form journalism, read the best. Read some of the works of David Finkel or ..."

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