How Reading Novels Can Make You A Better Person

We all know that reading about heroic characters in impossible situations can be thrilling and a great escape from our otherwise drab lives. But new research shows that reading fiction can actually make us better people as well — the more we identify with fictional characters on the page, the more we try to act like… » 5/17/12 2:30pm 5/17/12 2:30pm

Can The Hunger Games really capture all of Katniss Everdeen?

A lot of the writing on the Internet about The Hunger Games is snark about its derivativeness (It's Series 7 with kids! It's the Minotaur with television! It's Marathon Man meets The Long Walk plus a girl protagonist, minus Stephen King! It's Battle Royale for people who hate subtitles!). » 3/13/12 4:32pm 3/13/12 4:32pm

You might be surprised. I used to think I was being so good when I swapped a baked good at the local coffee shop for my Snickers bar. Then NYC got calorie counts posted. Snickers bars (with their peanut protein) are about half the calories of a (no protein) brownie. And suddenly my bad habit started looking better and… » 3/12/12 9:27am 3/12/12 9:27am

You could try coconut cream or real milk cream. Cream has a higher fat and lower sugar content than milk, meaning it is lower in lactose. I babysat an underweight baby (she had been a preemie) and it was all about cream and butter in EVERYTHING. If you wanted to add butter to a smoothie I'd suggest using unsalted… » 3/07/12 6:27am 3/07/12 6:27am

Just checked out my Spokeo profile. I'm not really bothered by it for myself (I have a boy's name so they think I'm a guy, and a bunch of other stuff is inaccurate). But I am worried about my sister who has Williams syndrome and all her info is out there. (Although again ... hers is pretty inaccurate as well.) » 3/07/12 8:34am 3/07/12 8:34am

What I think is best about this is how you've turned the grading system into a real time, direct feedback system. Since middle school, most classes I've attended included vague grade categories like "extra credit," "good citizenship" and "class participation". By making these real time and public you've created a… » 3/05/12 9:46am 3/05/12 9:46am

I once worked in an entertainment industry office and we had this romcom script pass through a few times. The first time, it had just been purchased and they were hoping to attach an actress we rep'd. I read it and while it wasn't amazing it was pretty cute. It busted up a lot of romcom cliches: the girl wanted to be… » 2/15/12 1:34pm 2/15/12 1:34pm

This is just silly. Romney's going to take AZ (Mormons) and Michigan (Good will from his father — the man behind the seatbelt. No really, if you've ever had your life saved by a seatbelt you owe it to a Romney). Maine (who cares?) is up for grabs. Utah, Idaho, Nevada and California all go to Romney too. Wyoming won't… » 2/08/12 2:32pm 2/08/12 2:32pm

Yeah it's taught in US schools all the time. They're just poor schools like the one I went to. You better believe I knew how to balance a checkbook (that was a three week math section in fourth grade). In high school we had shop (welding/machine fabrication/engine repair) and our "food services" (advanced cooking… » 1/13/12 10:43pm 1/13/12 10:43pm

I'm not going to say the country of Israel does everything right, but they do have one set-up that we need to import to the US stat. Their airport security is entirely staffed by veterans (and is paid for by the federal government). Yes, we have a lot more airports in the US, but we also have a much larger military.… » 1/10/12 2:23pm 1/10/12 2:23pm

And as another "grown up rural" poster can I just say she did have another option? It's called a double barreled shotgun. The first shot is bird shot the second is buck. Why people think that guns are only deadly weapons is beyond me. Clearly this woman was more than justified, but really. Most high-powered weapons… » 1/05/12 9:33am 1/05/12 9:33am

Parsons is a school. They don't sell anything. He said: "At Parsons, we had fit models that ranged in size from 2 to 10. We've got to reconceive clothes for all sizes." Meaning, my school WAS doing something wrong that added to this bigger problem. He is coming clean. Also, reading comprehension much? » 1/04/12 2:53pm 1/04/12 2:53pm

I feel for your pain, but they have a point. Places have higher and lower suicide rates. They generally have comparable mental illness rates. You should check out this NYTimes article if you're interested in the intersection of mental illness and culture. It's really fascinating. [www.nytimes.com] » 1/04/12 8:43am 1/04/12 8:43am

I grew up in the part of Arizona where they grow cotton. In the 1990s the little valley I'm from produced 1% of the worlds long-staple cotton (sometimes known as Pima cotton, which is another small town in this valley). The cotton is planted and harvested with tractors. Yes some kids work the farms, but their parents… » 12/15/11 2:40pm 12/15/11 2:40pm