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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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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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The 100 greatest comedies of all time

BBC Culture polled 253 film critics from 52 countries to determine the funniest films ever made…

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Discover Over 1,700 Photos and Ephemera from the Early Years of Hip-Hop Online

The Sugar Hill Gang, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and other hip hop pioneers feature in the digitized material from Cornell University.

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The Hummingbird Whisperer: A UCLA Researcher Cultivates a Community of 200 Hummingbirds Outside Her Window

Photographer Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA’s Earth, Planetary and Space Science Program where she installed a hummingbird feeder outside her office window in hopes of seeing the elusive birds and maybe snapping a photo. Two years and several feeders later, she estimates there ar

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Rachel Carson on Writing and the Loneliness of Creative Work

“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in… you will interest other people.”

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Constraints and Creativity

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is famous for defining and disseminating the idea of ‘flow.’

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How Much Is a Theatre MFA Worth?

What the crisis at Harvard’s ART Institute says about the precarious state of theatre training in higher education.

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New Jasper Johns monograph offers a full overview of his 60-year career

The book’s author, Roberta Bernstein, says there is a clear consistency to his practice

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An American Dialect Dictionary Is Dying Out. Here Are Some Of Its Best Words.

From twistification to storm caves to slushburgers, the U.S. has quite the history of local language quirks.

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Gauguin’s Stirring First-Hand Account of What Actually Happened the Night Van Gogh Cut off His Own Ear

“Between two such beings as he and I, the one a perfect volcano, the other boiling too, inwardly, a sort of struggle was preparing.”

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24 Books That Will Help You Understand America

Buckle up for a literary road trip through the nation’s heartland.

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A Brand You Can Trust? Record Nerds’ 20 Favorite Labels From the 20th Century

If music companies were brands, which labels did record nerds trust most? The results are in via an informal poll of critics, influencers, music industry veterans, and vinyl enthusiasts conducted

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For the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s props director, one blood is not like another

Chris Young mixes a unique version of the vital fluid for every violent scene….

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Bizarre Pollock forgery scam targets unwary collectors in the US

IFAR has uncovered a cache of poorly executed fakes supposedly once owned by a wealthy German immigrant who went mad and left the art to his servants—but no trace in official records

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Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions

New research finds there’s an advantage to starting music lessons in late childhood.

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Was 1876 classical music’s most important year?

Twelve seismic months heralded a new age; we still feel their impact today….

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10 Instagram Statistics to Keep in Mind When Planning Your 2018 Strategy

Instagram is on the rise, and each day, more and more compelling reasons arise to consider it within your social marketing process… 

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10 College Courses to Read Along With This Semester (From Your Couch)

This time of year, I always get the back-to-school blues. Not, mind you, because I have to go back to school, but because other people get to, and I have to keep on being an employed adult…

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If you ever wanted to know how to upset a photographer, here’s how to do it

There are some things that one just shouldn’t do or say to a photographer. In this video from Lok Cheung, we see some absolutely perfect examples of how to not act around a photographer…

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Everything you need to know about paper backdrops with 2 money saving DIYP tips

Choosing a backdrop for use in the studio largely comes down to personal preference. In this video, photographer Joe Edelman tells us everything we need to know about working with seamless paper backdrops. Which to buy and how to care for them…

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Fake War Photographer Gets Exposed After Fooling the World

Right now, a conflict photographer named Eduardo Martins is supposedly driving around in a van somewhere in the Australian outback…

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Build a Swinging Art Table for Uniquely Hypnotic Drawings

Fairly easy to make, this project is perfect for kids or for providing a simple means of showcasing how minor variables will create unique geometric art…

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The Importance of Artwork Titles

Titles can add impact and another dimension to the experience of art.

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The Reformation: classical music’s punk moment

The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratised music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music

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This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen….

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This Is The Only Type Of Brain Training That Works, According To Science

Most brain training programs are little more than memory games.

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What Cities Lose When an Alt-Weekly Dies

The Village Voice halts its print edition, but the model it pioneered lives on (sort of).

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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.

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English Translations of Obscure Medieval Texts Go Online

Stanford University’s Global Medieval Sourcebook is a new online compendium of English translations for overlooked Middle Ages texts.

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Man who made £30,000 faking Norman Cornish artwork told to repay £1

Richard Pearson, jailed in January for selling 14 forged drawings and paintings, to pay only nominal sum due to lack of assets

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Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?

Publishing is a tough industry. Building an audience can be hard, competition is tight, profit margins even tighter, and most authors have annual wages below the poverty line. Making your way to the still-coveted New York Times best-seller list remains…

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Watch Lasers Cut Intricate Lace Designs From Paper

It is always amazing to watch a laser cutter in action, but seeing one burn beautiful designs into paper is truly mesmerizing.

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Lewis Carroll’s portraits of the real Alice in Wonderland to go on show in London

National Portrait Gallery exhibition of Victorian photographers will push beyond “insalubrious accusations” against Carroll

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American Authors Are Swearing More. So What?

A new study represents a new low for pop psychology.

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Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention has been created for the first time

Da Vinci’™s organ-viola-harpsichord is an instrument of genius.

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Who Owns Your Stuff? It Might Not Be You

Inside the fight against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act€–and what designers can do about it.

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The Practical Guide To Color Theory For Photographers

You’re making a huge mistake if you think you don’t need to know color theory as a photographer. Learn simple tweaks to make a big difference in your image!

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The Hardest Working Office Design In America Encrypts Your Data With Lava Lamps

A wall of 100 lava lamps at Cloudflare’™s San Francisco office isn’t just for kitsch it is quietly encrypting information.

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