is the only real way to learn to write well. As you read page
after page of exquisitely written prose, you will naturally
incorporate the same style, rhythm, and grammar into your own
writing. We learn to speak in much the same way. What should
you read? The classics, of course, beginning with Homer and
then Chaucer and Shakespeare and Milton, etc. However, if you
want some lighter, more fun reading, try these online links:
New Yorker. High class literary magazine addressing current
issues. Read by all elitist New Yorkers.
New York Times. Premier American newspaper for current events.
Coverage is reliable, well-written, and constantly updated.
Urban legend site telling you the truth about a host of unreliable
stories you may have heard.
Barry. Humor columnist, best read late at night or during
times of frustration, when absurdity is needed.
Friedman. Pullitzer-prize winning American columnist for
the New York Times; almost always manages to put a positive,
insightful spin on current events.
Political and social satire -- sometimes risque, sometimes ridiculously
funny. At times slips into poor humor, but mostly good reading.
Read with caution.
Stuff Works. Explains how the most complicated, arcane,
odd things work. Probably more interesting to the curious engineering
News.com. An online newspaper covering information technology
issues with in-depth, interesting, articles. Good for
computer scientists and other technophiles.
Drudge Report. Alternative newspaper linking to scores of
columnists and newspapers. Matt Drudge also presents his own
news, the non-traditional sometimes not presented by other newspapers.
Ahram Weekly. English weekly of Cairo, giving the Middle
Eastern perspective on political issues. Well-written, long
articles, but sometimes one-sided and censored.
Times. English weekly based in Cairo, focusing on environmental,
cultural, political, and human rights issues.
Straight Dope. "Cecil" tells you the answers to
nearly impossible-to-answer questions.
Learn about anything. Type in a topic in the about searchbox
and see what the different "about.com guides" have
collected on it.
You know the Internet is about empowering individuals with information.
Okay, here is a site offering more than 15,000 tutorials on
how to do practically anything.
Writing Resources. See this page to peruse other writing
websites that can be very helpful in writing essays and doing
other academic work.
Do you have a favorite site
you read? Send me
the link and I may put it on this reading list.