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Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
. I had been assigned an artist. ‘Who?’ I asked, gripping the receiver. There was a pause. I heard papers shuffling, and then: ‘Ursula K. Le Guin.’ ‘Thank you,’ I murmured. ‘Thank you for choosing me.’ There was another pause. The secretary cleared her throat. ‘You were the only one who applied.’
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2 hours ago by jomc
The Mysterious Letter Writer Who Beguiled Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch | The New Yorker
Nicholas Köhler on Hazel Elizabeth Hester’s longtime correspondence with both Iris Murdoch and Flannery O’Connor.
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14 hours ago by adegru
[The power of constraints] The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work - James Clear - Pocket
In 1960, two men made a bet.

There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager.

The first man, Bennett Cerf, was the founder of the publishing firm, Random House. The second man was named Theo Geisel, but you probably know him as Dr. Seuss. Cerf proposed the bet and challenged that Dr. Seuss would not be able to write an entertaining children’s book using only 50 different words.

Dr. Seuss took the bet and won. The result was a little book called Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication, Green Eggs and Ham has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the most popular of Seuss’s works and one of the best-selling children’s books in history.1

At first glance, you might think this was a lucky fluke. A talented author plays a fun game with 50 words and ends up producing a hit. But there is actually more to this story and the lessons in it can help us become more creative and stick to better habits over the long-run.

Here's what we can learn from Dr. Seuss…
The Power of Constraints

What Dr. Seuss discovered through this little bet was the power of setting constraints.
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23 hours ago by jonippolito
What exactly do we want from the author of ‘Cat Person’? | The Outline
Even as these stories provoke on the one hand, seeming to push the envelope on what can and can’t be said, they also rely on a certain kind of common-sense about gender. Men want and women want to be wanted; sex is a staged encounter that she does not enjoy but passively endures because she knows it shows her off to good effect. Or, to put it more crudely: sex is the price women are willing to pay for men’s attention.
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yesterday by jtth
"Dead Washer": Wer sagt den Frauen, wie stark sie sind?
In Dänemark ist Sara Omar ein Star, seit sie ihr Buch "Dead Washer" veröffentlicht hat. Sie will Musliminnen ermutigen, patriarchale Strukturen zu bekämpfen.
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2 days ago by blumenberg

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