The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Bending Time, Uprooting Lives

Friday, February 25, 2022

In 2017, Professor Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman published a book about the neuroscience of creativity titled The Runaway Species, in which they explain how the brain creates new...
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So what good does any of this do for anyone, anyway?

Friday, February 25, 2022

Okay, so you've got yourself a pen and paper. Maybe a laptop with one of those fancy word processors. A few good ideas. A handful of thoughts typed up, written out, one word after another. The...
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Learning The Rhythm, The Rhythm, The Rhythm

Friday, February 18, 2022

What is rhythm,...
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Writing to the Rhythm of the Screen

Friday, February 18, 2022

Watching movies or binge watching your favorite TV show is often regarded as a way to relax or  “wind down” for the day. But have you considered the work and effort that is put into these  programs...
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You Are Not a Writer

Friday, February 11, 2022

At the start of last semester, I was feeling pretty defeated. I hadn’t written in almost a year. I was battling a debilitating health condition on top of everything that comes with a pandemic. With...
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P(l)ot Holes

Friday, February 11, 2022

Los Angeles is famous for a few things: its warm weather, its celebrities, its beaches, but perhaps it is most known for its traffic. From the 210 to the 605 to the 110, our freeways are choked...