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A Game of Feels: The Radical Empathy of Game of Thrones. The Constant Mistreatment of Women in GAME OF THRONES is Exhausting. What Does Your Favorite Shakespeare Play Say About You? The Edwardian Women Who Claimed to Travel Back in Time. On October 5, 1789, Marie Antoinette dressed in a casual, low-cut dress and a wide-brimmed hat and arranged a campstool on the grassy terrace of her chateau, the Petit Trianon, in Versailles. She was perched there sketching some nearby trees when her quiet repose was interrupted by a breathless page, bringing news that an angry mob was on their way from Paris. These were the events of the French queen’s last day at her beloved Trianon, and the beginning of the end for the French monarchy.

Or at least, these are the details alleged by Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain in their book The Adventure. The two women claimed that when they toured the royal palace in 1901, something extraordinary happened: They were transported back to the 18th century, where they glimpsed the queen on what may have been the last happy day of her life. It was a story that Moberly and Jourdain would tell for the rest of their days. Lucille Iremonger, a student at St. The 36 Questions That Lead to Love. 3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? 4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? 5. When did you last sing to yourself? 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Set II 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Set III 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Continue reading the main story. If You’re Not Sure How a Male Author Would Describe You, Use Our Handy Chart.

In Praise of Tender Masculinity, the New Non-Toxic Way to Be a Man. Why the ‘Good Place’ Personality Test Is Better than the Myers-Briggs. On Living, and Thinking, in Two Languages at Once. People ask me whether I think in French or in English now that I’ve lived in the US a while. I lie when I answer this. I say it depends on what I’m thinking about—English for work, French for family and curse words. This answer is usually welcomed as logical: a language for the intellect, another for the feelings. Of course. I did this the other day, on the phone with my sister. My mother and her three brothers, when together, have always spoken a mix of French and Spanish, with an accent that is neither one or the other—because they all, as children, spoke both languages perfectly and with no accent whatsoever, they were able to devise unique intonations for their Franish.

One idea I heard expressed both in French and in English in the exact same terms is that a writer should always write as if his parents were dead. When I first moved to Chicago, I was surprised at how often people expressed their love for one another. 17 Signs That You'd Qualify as a Witch in 1692. Discover whether you are guilty of maleficium and/or would have been accused of practicing witchcraft according to the laws and evidence used during the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. 1. You are female. Are you a woman of any kind? If so, you are probably one of the devil’s many hellbrides. 2. The poor, homeless, and those forced to rely on the community for support were among the most vulnerable and often accused of witchcraft. 3.

If you’re a grown woman living this life without any additional support, you probably also have a jar of eye of newt in your pantry. 4. A note to all popular teens and the cast of Sex and the City: A group of women congregating without a male chaperone was deemed a “coven meeting to worship the Devil.” 5. Infamous witchfinders like Matthew Hopkins and John Searne inspired such terror in the community that it didn’t take long for women to accuse other women of witchcraft as a way of deflecting their own indictments. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. When Your Hometown is the Last Place to Accept Who You Are. 6 Things To Consider When Creating A Fantasy World. Getting to create your own world is easily one of the best things about writing fantasy, but also one of the hardest. Whilst theoretically you can have anything you want in the world of your story – from talking horses who keep humans as pets, to people who can morph into trees – there has to be some sort of reason for all these things if you’re going to make it seem plausible.

So here are a few things that’s I personally think it’s essential to put some thought into when creating your own fantasy world: Races of people. Presumably your fantasy world is going to be populated, so one of the first things you want to consider is who lives there. This could include different races of people – as in, people from different parts of your fantasy world and of differing ethnicities – or even people of different species, like elves and dwarves and fae. Things To Consider: Where abouts do all the races in your story live? What do they look like? Geography The rules of magic. Hierarchical system. Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Defense Against The Dark Arts with Eckhart Tolle. If I had a dollar for every cliché that legit applies to life I’d…hold on a sec.

I think I just earned another dollar. But seriously, in these pretty dark times (both macro scale and micro scale for me, if I’m honest) we need some guidance to push us to be better, to do better, to live better. Enter: books. So many books. All the books. I came to Eckhart Tolle as a juggernaut of reluctance because a friend had once lent me the audiobook of The Power of Now which didn’t go over so well. I quit the audiobook after maybe twenty minutes of his gentle, humming German lilt.

Lots of people love A New Earth. Jk, my litany of foolery is too long to fit on this or any Internet. A New Earth was incredibly helpful. Maybe it was luck, or synchronicity, or magic. Speaking of magic. As you probably know, they’re bad news. What did he use to try to plug up that gaping hole in his psyche? Conveniently, a horcrux will do just the trick for out last item there. Neat, huh? Not so right. Nah. Shyness: A (Quiet) Cultural History. The Heimlich maneuver, in the nearly 50 years since Dr. Henry Heimlich established its protocol, has been credited with saving many lives.

But not, perhaps, as many as it might have. The maneuver, otherwise so wonderfully simple to execute, has a marked flaw: It requires that choking victims, before anything can be done to help them, first alert other people to the fact that they are choking. And some people, it turns out, are extremely reluctant to do so. “Sometimes,” Dr. Something bad is happening; don’t let other people see it; you will embarrass yourself, and them: It’s an impulse that is thoroughly counterproductive and also incredibly easy to understand. Shyness, that single emotion that encompasses so many different things—embarrassment, timidity, a fear of rejection, a reluctance to be inconvenient—is, despite its extreme commonality, also extremely mysterious.

Shyness, basically, is an inconsiderate monster. And so, they—and the diffidence they exhibit—are suspected. And so. Le Brexit vu par une Française expatriée en Angleterre. Tom Vanderbilt's 'You May Also Like' and the Complex Psychology of Taste. On Reconciling with the Literature You Used to Love. This is a guest post from Ines Bellina. Ines is a writer, translator, and storyteller who is based in Chicago after many years in Lima, New York, Buenos Aires, Montreal, and other places that have slipped her mind. Along the way she got a bunch of literary degrees, which she is putting to good use at an ad agency. She is active in Chicago’s Live Lit scene and is currently writing a YA novel based on her love of musicals. Ines is also one of the hosts of XX,Will Travel, a podcast geared towards independent women travelers. When she’s not overscheduling herself, she sings love songs to her bulldog, Charlie. Follow her on Twitter @ibwrites.

Withdrawing from my PhD program in Latin American literature felt like a break up. Not the kind where you storm out in anger over some wrongdoing, or the kind where a misstep causes the implosion of what you’ve carefully built over the years. As my passion died, I neglected those that I should have been reading. As I said, it felt like a break up. How To Turn A Job Rejection Into An Opportunity  - Career Girl Daily. Photo: Ms Natika You perfected your CV, boosted your online profiles, stalked your interviewer and studied every potential question that could be thrown your way. You’re picturing your new career, you’re drinking lattes, tapping away at your desk merrily and laughing with your new best bud boss.

Then, by a twist of fate, your rejection letter lands in your inbox – and it hurts. Before you give up and slip into the woe-me-make-mine-a-triple downward spiral, try these tips to keep the door open… Thank your interviewer Although the natural reaction is to hit delete, it can be worth closing with a thank-you. The fact you got as far as you did, and the interviewer took the time to meet with you means you got close – and you never know what role may open up around the corner. Thank your interviewer for taking the time to show you the company, and mention any highlights. Go on, what have you got to lose? Written by Hannah Gransden. Receive our latest tips into your inbox. Litsy: If Instagram and Goodreads Had a Perfect Baby. Have you been hearing the buzz about Litsy? It’s a social media app for readers (iOS only for the moment, I’m afraid, please don’t yell at me, I didn’t develop the app) that is kind of like if Instagram and Goodreads had a beautiful, perfect baby.

You can read a little about it on their website. I’m kind of obsessed. What I like about Litsy, perhaps paradoxically, are its strict limitations. Here’s what the profile page looks like: Wherein the author subtly indicates that her username is brenna and you should connect with her on Litsy. The little glasses indicate what I’m reading right now, the lightning bolt shows me comments and likes and such, and Litfluence is my score within the community. For me, this app has been a bit of a revelation. There are a bunch of things I love about Litsy that sets it apart and makes it, in my opinion, a safer space than Goodreads has become: No private messaging. Register for Book Riot Live by May 31st! 21 Devastating London Problems. Women Aren't Aliens (and Other Thoughts on the Andrew Smith Controversy) The bookish internet blew up this week over the issue of sexism, female characters, and YA.

And it all started when author Andrew Smith talked to Vice. Smith is an acclaimed and hugely popular author of books that depict complex, interesting teenage boys. But by many accounts, his female characters are just the opposite: one-dimensional and stereotypical (where they aren’t just absent). So when Smith sat down with Vice, the interviewer asked him about the dearth of girls and women in his books. Q: On the flip side, it sometimes seems like there isn’t much of a way into your books for female readers. And that, in turn, prompted a furious backlash of people defending Smith and dismissing his critics as quick-to-attack and fueled by faux outrage. But I want talk a bit, here, about why genuine outrage–born out of genuine frustration–makes sense here. I honestly hadn’t heard much about Smith before this erupted. 1. “All things woman and female” are not mysterious, obscure, or alien. 2. How secular family values stack up. More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation's history.

They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so nicknamed because they identified themselves as believing in “nothing in particular” in a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center. The number of American children raised without religion has grown significantly since the 1950s, when fewer than 4% of Americans reported growing up in a nonreligious household, according to several recent national studies. That figure entered the double digits when a 2012 study showed that 11% of people born after 1970 said they had been raised in secular homes.

This may help explain why 23% of adults in the U.S. claim to have no religion, and more than 30% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say the same. The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Library Files Bizarre Questions Asked By People Before The Internet. "What did people do before Google? " is one of the most FAQs of the modern age. Staff at New York's Public Library have found the answer after stumbling upon a box labelled "Interesting Reference Questions", containing customer queries from the 1940s to the 1980s. It seems in a time before the internet, people phoned the library for reference, and if their question couldn't be answered, the librarian would type it up on a card and file it away for someone else to deal with. Here are some of the best examples... (Images via New York Public Library) ISFJ Personality – Conclusion | 16Personalities. 25 Courageous LGBT Celebrities Who Came Out of the Closet in 2014.

Coming out never looked so good. From movie stars to country music artists, people came out of the closet in droves in 2014. Perhaps a byproduct of societal approval, or thanks to the tidal wave of legislative victories, LGBT Americans are feeling increasingly encouraged not only to accept their sexuality and gender identity but to feel comfortable asserting that identity in public. As Mic has previously noted, "coming out" is something of a watershed moment in the life of an LGBT person. It is the moment when they put all their cards on the table and then wait to see if society accepts their true identity or not. There is also a larger purpose to the act: Each coming out story raises awareness of the community and humanizes various minority representations. In 2014, several individuals in the national spotlight chose to come out. Robin Roberts Technically, the Good Morning America anchor came out at the very tail end of 2013.

Ellen Page Ty Herndon Tim Cook Billy Gilman Jin Tai Ian Thorpe R. Before Google ... Who Knew? : The Protojournalist. The New York Public Library reading room. Istockphoto hide caption toggle caption istockphoto The New York Public Library reading room. istockphoto If Google can't answer your question these days, who you gonna call? Librarians continue to be cool. Several weeks ago the folks at the iconic 42nd Street building of the New York Public Library in Manhattan happened upon a box of old reference questions — ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s – asked by patrons. As NYPL spokesperson Angela Montefinise points out, the questions — in and of themselves — are compelling.

Perhaps they don't. "Some are just difficult questions," Angela says. Is it proper to go to Reno alone to get a divorce? And there was this typewritten note found on a cataloguing card: Telephone call mid-afternoon New Year's Day, 1967: Somewhat uncertain female voice: "I have two questions. The library plans to begin posting some of the old questions on its Instagram account in the coming days. Really? 30 portes magiques et créatives qui semblent conduire vers d'autres mondes. Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you. It's TED, the Musical ! This Is Why Feminism Isn't Called 'Humanism'

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