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For filmmaker Spike Lee, the Oscar-winning 2018 film BlacKkKlansman marked numerous creative milestones. Here, Spike reflects on the film and shares key insights from the produc...

Jan 22, 2019

Spike Lee writing at a desk - SL

Shelton Jackson Lee earned his nickname early: his mama called him “Spike” as a baby because she noticed he was tough. The eldest of three children, Spike Lee was born in Atlant...

Jan 18, 2019

Spike Lee Looking at the Camera - SL

Plotting your entire novel can be an enormous challenge. You’ve had some time to begin developing your world and your characters, your moral gray area, and central conflicts, an...

Jan 17, 2019

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Oils, which are considered fats, are an integral part of cooking. They appear in everything from salad dressings to marinades, and are especially useful for searing, frying, gri...

Jan 17, 2019

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When roasting a whole chicken, many home cooks focus on the brining and cooking steps in the process. But there’s another very important step to getting the perfect roast chicke...

Jan 17, 2019


Conflict is a writer’s main tool for building the world of their novel or short story. Conflict can reveal uncomfortable truths about what it means to be human; it can express a...

Jan 17, 2019

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Theories abound for why economies behave the way they do, and how they might be made to work better. In the 1980s, there was no more influential theory in the United States than...

Jan 17, 2019

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Over the last several decades, a large portion of the economic gains in wealthy countries have gone to a small minority of the population. Many economists consider this income i...

Jan 17, 2019


When it comes to shooting video—whether for a documentary, news, feature film, or television purposes—it is always prudent to shoot extra footage, which you can use in a number ...

Jan 17, 2019

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