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Families can use various strategies to keep children connected with a parent who’s away for work. Shutterstock/Orsan Elitok

How to support children whose parent works away for long periods

While many families are busy planning how to spend their time together this Christmas holiday season, others are planning how to manage their time apart.
‘Game of Thrones’ has taught audiences to never get too attached to any one character. HBO

A happy ending for ‘Game of Thrones’? No thanks

The vast majority of stories told in movies, in books and on television conclude with happy endings – and this has real-world political consequences.
Seeking to make stories that surround us. 'Screen,' by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben "Sascha" Shine

The future is in interactive storytelling

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. Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com

How parents can help autistic children make sense of their world

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. Stephan Savoia/AP Photo

Should journalism become less professional?

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.
For years, Talese’s subject, Gerald Foos, spied on his motel guests. 'Binoculars' via www.shutterstock.com

The murky ethics of Gay Talese’s ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’

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. EPA/HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL MUSEUM HANDOUT

Atomic amnesia: why Hiroshima narratives remain few and far between

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?

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