Technology aside, we humans are still suckers for a good story.
It seems while the world has changed enormously since the industrial revolution, we haven't: we still love stories. And there's something sweet, and very human, about that.
Reading alone is more likely to take you into the world of the story.
How much you become engaged with a story is known as narrative transportation. And the more a story transports you, the more likely you are persuaded to adopt the beliefs espoused within it.
Have you ever read a novel in the second person? You probably found it strange.
The dynamic between the master and the slave dominates accounts of AI at the moment.
John Fekner’s art warned others of toxins poisoning the planet.
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Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
It's gritty and gripping in equal measure, but the swords and snowstorm narrative also answers a number of basic human needs.
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Simon John James and Richard Bower chat about differing conceptions of what it is to travel through time.
Seeking to make stories that surround us.
'Screen,' by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben "Sascha" Shine
People want video games and interactive experiences that help them explore deep and meaningful themes, such as creating family, valuing diversity and living responsibly.
People with autism sometimes struggle to tell stories, but there are ways parents can help.
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People tell each other stories every day about the things they've seen and done. For many children with autism, this kind of personal narrative doesn't come easily. Here's how parents can help.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton has a cup of coffee with newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin in April 1992. Breslin died on March 19.
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After the death of legendary New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin, some have lamented the end of blue-collar journalism. But in today's media environment, Breslin's approach might not be enough.
Some migrants were returned to the Calais area in February.
What has happened to former residents since the camp was closed in October 2016.
Is there weight to claims that reading can make you a better person – or are they just tall tales?
Is it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?
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Contrary to popular belief, several recent studies suggest that plot spoilers don't always make us like a film or books less – and may even make us like it more.
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Not everyone can weave a gripping tale. But for one gender, it matters more than the other.
For years, Talese’s subject, Gerald Foos, spied on his motel guests.
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When Gay Talese signed a confidentiality agreement with a motel-owning voyeur, he got access to the voyeur's journals and secret viewing perch. But he also allowed the spying to continue for over a decade.
A major challenge facing writers who want to take on the Bomb is that conventional description fails.
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Hollywood has kept its distance from the bombing of Hiroshima, 70 years ago, and novelists, aside from sci-fi authors, have largely ignored the catastrophe as a means of exploring human nature. Why?
The idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion.
The very idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion. Most fairy tales are full of darkness and violence, and as often as not do not end happily.
EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class brought narrative methods to bear on historical scholarship.
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There's no shortage of historical texts, but only a handful are lauded as literature. We can learn valuable lessons by revisiting EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class.
Kate Grenville, with The Secret River, found herself in the middle of a debate at the heart of history.
'History and fiction journey together and separately into the past; they are a tag team, sometimes taking turns, sometimes working in tandem.' Enjoy the second part of our series, Writing History.
A fantasy about free markets in primitive society lies at the heart of Adam Smith’s wealth of nations – but did they ever exist?
The myth that our primitive forebears were capitalists at heart is fundamental to Adam Smith's arguments in The Wealth of Nations.