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Oh, My Hand: Complaints Medieval Monks Scribbled in the Margins of Illuminated Manuscripts
Oh, My Hand: Complaints Medieval Monks Scribbled in the Margins of Illuminated Manuscripts

“Thank God, it will soon be dark.”

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Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine
Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

“When you can’t create you can work.”

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Da Vinci’s Ghost: How The Vitruvian Man Came To Be
Da Vinci’s Ghost: How The Vitruvian Man Came To Be

Fifteen centuries of combinatorial creativity, or what Leonardo’s to-do list has to do with ancient Rome.

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Mark Twain’s Rules of Writing
Mark Twain’s Rules of Writing

“Use the right word, not its second cousin.”

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A List of Don’ts for Women on Bicycles Circa 1895
A List of Don’ts for Women on Bicycles Circa 1895

“Don’t ask, ‘What do you think of my bloomers?'”

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The Baloney Detection Kit: A 10-Point Checklist for Science Literacy
The Baloney Detection Kit: A 10-Point Checklist for Science Literacy

How to assess the believability of claims without succumbing to cynicism.

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A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success
A Brief History of the To-Do List and the Psychology of Its Success

On reconciling the fussy with the fuzzy, or what Benjamin Franklin has to do with Drew Carey.

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10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy
10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

“Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints.”

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19-Year-Old Isaac Newton’s List of Sins
19-Year-Old Isaac Newton’s List of Sins

What mother’s box of plums and sugar has to do with settling the age-old tension between science and religion.

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Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books
Forgotten Bookmarks: The Secret Life of Second-Hand Books

From Paul Rand to Hitler, or what Jane Austen has to do with shopping lists and Valentines.

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