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How to Use Skinny News

If you’re new here, you may want to take a moment to check out our quick introductory video simply by clicking the image above.  We’ll give you a quick tour of the site and show you how easy it is to share your stories with us!

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5 Ways Writing Can Lead You to Mindfulness

Having self-awareness is tricky when you’re exposed to a lot of stress and noise. This is exactly where a mindfulness journal can help you.

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Photographing Museum Visitors Behaving Badly

Photographer Stefan Drashan has captured many instances of visitors violating the most basic tenet of museum etiquette: do not touch the art.

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I Talked to 150 Writers and Here’s the Best Advice They Had

I once heard John Irving give a lecture on his process at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an in-depth account of the way his novels come to be. He kicked it off by writing a single sentence on the chalkboard…

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Public Domain Film History: A Cottage Industry of Copyright Mishaps

The rigid nature of copyright law during the early years of the film industry created a surprisingly robust cottage industry around public domain films.

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Why tyrants love to write poetry

Nero, Stalin and Bin Laden were all fans, but what makes verse so appealing to these leaders? Benjamin Ramm explores the connection between ruthlessness and sentimentality.

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The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

We asked some of our favorite libraries: What’s the oldest item in your collection?

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How walking a labyrinth can trace a route to self-knowledge

Before it became a staple of videogames, the maze was a test of reason and courage, a way to find yourself by getting lost…

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How to Say No When it Counts

Sometimes you just have to say no. That isn’™t always easy. But there are strategies that can help you do it—and save your time, and energy.

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The Slippery Truth about Grammar Checkers

Proper grammar doesn’t necessarily communicate a distinct voice that strengthens your content.

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A beginner’s guide to applying for drama school

Prospective students are spoilt for choice with the variety of training offered across the UK. Here are the key questions to ask…

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˜Know thyself™ is not just silly advice: it’™s actively dangerous

There is a phrase you are as likely to find in a serious philosophy text as you are in the wackiest self-help book: ˜Know thyself! The phrase has serious philosophical pedigree: by Socrates time, it was more or less received wisdom…

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Photobooks Designed to Treat Dementia Gently Challenge the Mind

By pairing unrelated images that share surprising similarities, Photographic Treatment by Laurence Agerter encourages dementia patients to make their own connections between them, stimulating mental activity.

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Becoming an Artist after 60

Six artists who launched their businesses later in life share their goals, challenges and advice for others.

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Vinyl Is as Good as Its Flaws

With the very humanness of its sound, vinyl offers a sense of sentimentality ”of mortality, even that only imperfection allows.

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Do we want to foster the arts or do we want to foster creativity?

Way before immersive theater or virtual reality were trendy, Robert E. Gard spoke to the idea of an experience that is creatively valuable because the experience of the audience becomes the story itself. We see this in role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, as well as new forms of immersive theater like Sleep No More […]

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Liberation day: the artists fighting the power of the market“ and the internet

Hito Steyerl is at war with the commodification of art and the corrupting power of the market. What’s she fighting them with? Manure. Meet the new wave of artists asking us to reconsider everything from the web to war

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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Students told researchers they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.

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Pablo Neruda ‘did not die of cancer’

The left-wing poet died in 1973, weeks after a military coup led by general Augusto Pinochet.

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Tom Hanks Is Obsessed With Typewriters (So He Wrote A Book About Them)

The actor’s new collection of short fiction his debut book as an author is called Uncommon Type, and each story has something to do with the machine close to his heart.

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Connecting the Dots: Why Tech Brands Are Embracing Illustration

Some of the world’s leading tech brands are defined by one of the oldest art forms—illustration. Creatives at Dropbox, Slack, and Shopify tell us why.

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After the Nightmare Project: Lessons Learned

Top-notch creatives relive their own project nightmares, in the hope of sparing you a few sleepless nights.

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After Purging Her Possessions, an Artist Paints What Remained

In Possession, Jaye Schlesinger displays the small-scale oil paintings she made for each of the 380 objects she decided to keep.

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The Boston Public Library Will Digitize & Put Online 200,000+ Vintage Records

It may be a great irony that our age of cultural destruction and—many would argue—decline also happens to be a golden age of preservation, thanks to the very new media and big data forces credited with dumbing things down.

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Stephen King’s 22 Favorite Movies: Full of Horror & Suspense

A rich list of horror and suspense films.

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Photographer Introduces Himself to His Childhood Self in Series of Hilarious Photoshopped Images

Montreal-based photographer Conor Nickerson was flipping through family photos when he wondered what it might look like to see his present self Photoshopped next to his childhood self, a version he only remembered through old photographs.

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The Little-Known Visual Art of E.E. Cummings

“Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe.”

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This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity

Studies show that reading printed material instead of on screens helps you better retain information.

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How the human got his paintbrush

What can evolution tell us, if anything, about human achievements in the arts? Not as much as EO Wilson thinks

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Should endangered languages be preserved, and at what cost?

Endangered languages have sentimental value, it’s true, but are there good philosophical reasons to preserve them?

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Fatherhood Forces a Selfish Creative to Grow Up

As an expectant parent, Mike Sager was convinced that his career as a creativist was about to nose dive into a lumpy sea of malodorous baby poop. Then he welcomed a son into his life and everything changed.

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Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal

You can almost never find videos or photos of the Eiffel Tower at night on stock sites. Why is this?

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The Shazam For Art Is Like Having A Docent On Your Smartphone

Thirty museums can’t be wrong. The augmented reality revolution has already come.

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Artist vs. Scammer

Here’s what happened recently when a scammer tried to rip off an artist. How to protect yourself from similar situations.

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Artist Transforms a Fallen Redwood Tree into A Gigantic Eight-Tentacle Sea Creature

Washington-based woodcarver Jeffrey Michael Samudosky has been creating elaborate figural works from a variety of Pacific Northwest trees since he started his company JMS Wood Sculpture in 1998.

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How Audiobooks Are Becoming an Art Form Unto Themselves

Audiobooks are here to stay—and that’s good news for readers.

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Is That a Renoir, or an R2D2?

Humans are wary of computer-generated art, but new research suggests our views on the subject are malleable.

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The myth of the art thief: It’s not a gentleman’s crime

The romantic Hollywood image of art crime is a far cry from the truth

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Cover versions: why are UK and US book jackets often so different?

The American edition of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened looks stylish and elegant; the UK one is dreadful. But the reasons that books differ so much across different markets isn’t solely down to simple sales

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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it

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Forget About Inspiration. This Is the Real Key to Getting Motivated

Are you struggling for inspiration? Ozan Varol, contrarian thinker, explains why motivation comes only after you sit down and start doing the work.

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A Designer’s Code of Ethics – Dear Design Student…

A designer is first and foremost a human being.

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What’s More Important: Author Websites or Social Media?

Social media is widely considered necessary by authors and publishers for book marketing. But is it as important as an optimized author website?

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Is It Ethical To Sue Over Copyright Infringement?

I have been using an online service called Pixsy to identify and secure payment for the unauthorized use of my work for a while now – with some significant success. In most cases, A strongly worded letter from a lawyer and the expertise to follow it up are usually all that is required.

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How to do High-Speed Photography – the Fundamentals

High-speed photography is a little tricky but the results that you can achieve if you are patient are stunning. Here are some tips to help try it out.

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What Creativity Really Is – and Why Schools Need It

In this time of global technological change and sustainability challenges, we need to increase creativity levels in the next generation, to ensure the innovations that will keep us afloat.

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The Smithsonian Design Museum Digitizes 200,000 Objects, Giving You Access to 3,000 Years of Design Innovation & History

When we think of design, each of us thinks of it in our own way, focusing on our own interests: illustration, fashion, architecture, interfaces, manufacturing, or any of a vast number of sub-disciplines besides.

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A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,300 courses from top universities.

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4 Words That Kill Art Sales

Insights into the challenges with face-to-face art sales, and how to draw in customers based on their needs and interests.

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Workouts for the Working Artist

Inject some fitness into your practice with artcercise!

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Watch Actors Transform Into Living Van Gogh Paintings Before Your Eyes

The mesmerizing stills are from the upcoming, entirely painted biopic “Loving Vincent.”

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What Happens When A Big-Name Author Is Sued For Copyright Infringement

An unpublished author’s lawsuit against “The Art of Fielding” writer Chad Harbach has gone public, but his day in court is yet to come.

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Are You Too Frugal?

I am tired of watching artists and arts organizations live on leftover scraps. Artists, in turn, grow to feel they are not worthy of more.

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Procrastination is a Practice Ground for Life Mastery

Procrastination is the perfect place to practice all the most important life skills.Our tendency to procrastinate is exactly how we’ll see how our minds work, and learn to be better at all the difficulties of life.

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