Maddie Crum
Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by Maddie Crum

Ghostly Portraits Explore 'Anonymous Women' And Their Homes

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:15 PM

The right pair of drapes can snap the mood of an entire home into place, just like the right rug can really tie a room together. Decor is, after all, an expression of what you want your dwelling space to be, and, by proxy, what...

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10 Calm Books To Read During The Hectic Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Between your meticulous sister's need to host the perfect holiday meal and your picky brother's refusal to accept any gift without a hint of cynical criticism, the most wonderful time of the year can turn into a struggle to stay calm and chipper. Unless you literally run...

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If George Orwell Were A Twitter Bot

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:17 PM

According to novelist Adam Johnson’s visions of the near future, we’ll soon spend most of our time socializing with robots that are fed dialogue and mannerisms meant to match the people we admire: Kurt Cobain, the president of the United States, lost loved ones.


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'Deep Skin', a série de fotografias que retrata lindamente os corpos de modelos tatuados

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 9:42 PM


Modelar não é exatamente uma forma de autoexpressão. De fato, posar para uma foto comercial pode ser uma das formas mais fáceis de suprimir a sua individualidade. Eles te dizem como posar e parecer atraente.

É frequente que façam Photoshop para chegar a uma aparência...

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In An Ode To Physical Objects, Photographer Captures Everything We Touch In A Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Your fluffy duvet, your raucous alarm, your partner’s lovingly worn-in T-shirt. The first thing you touch when you wake up in the morning can indicate more than you might think about your life. At least that’s the thinking behind photographer Paula Zuccotti’s blog-turned-book...

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Dystopia Is Real: These Sci-Fi Writers Wrote Product Placement For Microsoft

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:56 PM

“We’re running out of time,” the hero of our story wails, “the villain will be here any minute!”

It’s a gripping, page-turning battle against world domination, and the good guys are totally losing. “But wait,” our hero notices, just in the...

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These Are The Winners Of the 2015 National Book Awards

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The 2015 National Book Awards took place on Wednesday, where writers convened to celebrate some of the most notable books to be published this year. Satirist Andy Borowitz hosted the event, making quips between the announcements of the honorees and winners. A National Book Award nomination...

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옥스포드 사전이 '올해의 단어'로 이모티콘을 골랐다

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 5:52 PM

'옥스포드 사전'이 '올해의 단어'를 발표했다. 지난 발표들(2014년의 단어는 'Vape'였다)과는 달리 2015년의 단어는 단어가 아니다. 심지어 문자도 아니다. 심지어 그 자체로는 영어도 아니다. 언론 노출을 그렇게도 갈망하는 이 사전으로서도 굉장히 이례적이다. 이들은 '기쁨의 눈물' 이모티콘을 골랐다. 바로 이것이다.

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How NOT To Perform A Cover Song

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:38 PM

It’s probably happened to you. You’re at a bar with a few friends, and they’re playing all the hits. Not those sugary Top-40 anthems you poke fun at when they pop into your head unannounced (“‘I can’t feel my face’? Have we depleted our body metaphor...

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Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year Is An Emoji

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:36 PM

They say a picture paints a thousand words. This sentiment has been interpreted and misinterpreted countless ways, namely as evidence that pictures are somehow superior to words, in terms of what they can communicate. And anyone who’s ever texted with emojis -- which is to say...

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Estas escalofriantes fotografías retratan lo dependientes que nos hemos vuelto de los teléfonos móviles

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Está acechando en las salas de cine a oscuras, en las estaciones de tren, en los bancos del parque. Se esconde a simple vista.

Los móviles se han convertido en una herramienta fundamental para muchos, más allá de chatear con amigos. Como un guiño a esta rápida proliferación tecnológica,...

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Watch A Rare, Hilarious Kurt Vonnegut Lecture

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:59 AM

In a newly discovered lecture given by Kurt Vonnegut in 1970, the author kicks off his talk with a joke that’d make more sense in a stand up routine:

"I left Indianapolis following puberty [...] I learned to walk around looking tough. Because everybody had to do that. They’re still doing it. Walking around looking very tough. Because something might happen, you know?"

The audience, a crowd of New York University students, laughs heartily. Between his jokes, Vonnegut flatly shares more tragic scenes from his life: he was raised by a maid, and his mother -- toward the end of her life -- was put on barbiturates. The crowd’s laughter trails off abruptly, then Vonnegut shifts gears again, telling an anecdote about an afternoon when his parents broke into a racetrack to drive endless laps around it in their Oldsmobile. It was, his father told him, the best day of their marriage.

Vonnegut’s ability to couch sadness in life’s funny absurdities -- a skill that comes to live in his novels, but which seems also to come to him naturally -- is on display in the lecture, produced and animated by Blank on Blank.

The lecture also reveals a few of his tips for writing. "I heard a writer is lucky because he cures himself every day with his work," he says. "What everybody is well advised to do is to not write about your own life [...] you will be writing about your own life anyway, but you won’t know it."

For more pithy wisdom, watch the video above.

Also on...

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生活に潜む「スマホ依存」の恐怖 日常を問い直す写真の数々(画像集)

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 11:15 PM


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스마트폰에 중독된 당신의 모습을 보여주는 무시무시한 사진들

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:18 AM

그것은 어두침침한 극장, 기차 역, 공원 벤치에 도사리고 있다. 그것은 잘 보이는 곳에 숨어 있다.

올해 퓨 리서치 센터(Pew Research Center)의 연구에 따르면 미국인의 64%는 사교적 습관을 지배하는 작은 장비인 스마트폰을 가지고 있다. 이 연구에서는 스마트폰 사용자들 대다수는 일반적인 문자와 검색 외에도 건강 상태 확인과 온라인 뱅킹 용도로...

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The World's Ugliest Dog Show Creates A New Standard For Cute

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:54 PM

What’s not to love about puppies? They’re cuddly, they’re loyal, and, according to The Wall Street Journal, our “aww” response to adorable animals is actually a biological impulse similar to what we feel when we look at cute babies.


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Spontaneous Dance Photos Capture Moments Never Performed Onstage

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:30 PM

A woman’s short, purple dress splays out in a poof. It’s one of those Marilyn Monroe moments when wind and woman meet, making for a lovely image of a fleeting moment. But in this photo of Natalie Deryn Johnson, her gown isn’t being blown tantalizingly upward....

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The Bottom Line: ‘Upright Beasts’ By Lincoln Michel

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:29 PM

In a small Colorado mining town -- a blip on the map -- everything is quiet. There's not much to do, except grab drinks at a local bar, where football games are aired all night. So the narrator of Lincoln Michel's short story, "Some Notes on...

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Here's What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:55 AM

A version of this post originally appeared on the site in 2013. We have reposted it here in honor of Kurt Vonnegut's birthday.

Kurt Vonnegut, the beloved novelist we have to thank for Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle would have turned 91 today. [Note: This year he would have been 93.] Aside from his...

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Frightening Photo Series Captures Just How Phone Dependent We've Become

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:18 AM

It’s lurking in dimly lit movie theaters, in train stations, on park benches. It’s hiding in plain sight.

If you’re like the majority of Americans -- 64 percent, according to this year’s Pew Research Center study -- you own a...

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Clarissa From 'Clarissa Explains It All' Is All Grown Up In New Book

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Ah, the '90s. Things were so much simpler then! High fashion meant throwing on a jean jacket and a scrunchie, and happiness meant airing your woes to the tiny pet alligator you kept in a sandbox in your bedroom. At least that was the case for...

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