Jefferson’s Polygraph Machine

Almost every day, Thomas Jefferson wrote letters. “From sun-rise to one or two o’clock,” he noted, “I am drudging at the writing table.” Jefferson wrote almost 20,000 letters in his lifetime, and he needed to keep copies of his letters. Fortunately, John Isaac Hawkins (1772–1855) and Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827) invented this little gadget that …

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Woman from Afghanistan

The Subversive Feminist Poets of Afghanistan

In a nation beleaguered by violence, corruption, addiction, and dozens of other ills, a network of resilient women are coming out of the shadows through writing. Embrace me in a suicide vestbut don’t say I won’t give you a kiss. A landay is a subversive, biting poetry style esteemed among the Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan. …

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Fast Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Productivity-Boosting Keyboard Shortcuts for Writers

Speed up your everyday writing workflow with these basic keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word. Sometimes mouse-work can be slow and tedious. Here are a few essential PC keyboard shortcuts you can use to get more done in less time! Ctrl + A Select all Ctrl + C Copy Ctrl + V Paste Ctrl + F …

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Who Writes the Messages in Chinese Fortune Cookies?

Writing and Chinese food just go together like vowels and consonants. Long hours and deadlines are made for good Hunan chicken. You know it’s true. After putting in the 17th round of changes into a 600-page report, have you ever wished that you could get the ultimate writing gig? Let’s say, something like writing the …

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