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What You Need to Know When Buying Feta at the Grocery Store

Stroll through the dairy section in almost any grocery store and, perched on the shelves above the bricks of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, you'll …

Healthy Eating

5 Poems To Learn For National Poetry Month

Students may greet you with groans and moans when you assign a poem to memorize, but the following round-up of worthy lines are sure to stick with …

Literature

The wily wife: why Homer's patient, faithful Penelope is more cunning than Odysseus

The hero Odysseus sits on the shore of an enchanted island. Around him wait lavish comforts, and a goddess who dotes upon him. Yet he weeps, his eyes fixed on the horizon. He yearns for home and his wife Penelope.<p>The goddess, Calypso, confronts him over it. Why can’t he be happy with her? She is …

Literature

From Circe to Clinton: why powerful women are cast as witches

A misogynist insult in Washington and Westminster, a force for good in Hollywood … for centuries, witches have personified fear of assertive women. But why does the stereotype persist?<p>During the 2016 US presidential election, American social media was flooded with images of Hillary Clinton wearing …

Books

Shakespeare’s Originality by John Kerrigan review – what the Bard pilfered and changed

Shakespeare inhabited a literary culture in which imitation was applauded. This erudite study teases out his alchemical transformations of what he had read or seen<p>For a long time, the sedulous student who wants to see Shakespeare in the act of creation has been able to go to the extracts contained …

Literature

This Healthy Kung Pao Chicken Comes Together in 20 Minutes

Looking for an easy dinner that really packs a punch? Kung pao chicken is your best bet. But before you place an order at your local takeout joint, …

Food & Dining

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

Literature

Sunday Reading: Teen Spirit

Yesterday, thousands of American teen-agers marched on Washington to protest gun violence in their schools. This was more than inspiring—it was a bracing reminder to the rest of us that the course of events is in our hands, and that apathy is a choice. This week, we’re bringing you portraits of …

High School

14 Absolutely Perfect Paint Colors Designers Love

1 of 14<p>Paper White by Benjamin Moore<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 14<p>Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball<p>3 of 14<p>Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 14<p>Brassica …

Interior Design

Yanis Varoufakis: 'Macbeth is at the mercy of forces beyond his control, like Theresa May'

The Greek former finance minister talks about the lessons politicians could learn from Shakespeare, ahead of a lecture in London<p>Is Theresa May Macbeth? Might King Lear agree with Jeremy Corbyn? On Monday night, one of Europe’s leading political thinkers – former Greek finance minister Yanis …

Europe

30 Make-Ahead Lunches You Can Pack Tonight — Recipes from The Kitchn

What's one of the easiest ways to feel like you have your life together? If you ask us, it's prepping lunch the night before. In the grand scheme of …

Healthy Eating

Ina Garten's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This One-Pot Chicken Lemon Pasta Is a Weeknight Wonder — Delicious Links

Quick, easy, delicious dinners: We all want them, we all need them. There are so many recipes online that promise to deliver on all three of these …

Cooking

One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Tortellini Is Here to Save Dinner — Delicious Links

Stuck in a cooking rut? Forgot to meal plan? Thinking of ordering takeout? Not so fast — this one-skillet chicken with tortellini is here to save …

Cooking

Britain’s national parks are a farce: they’re being run for a tiny minority

Visit any national park in Britain and ask yourself what you are seeing. Is it the “wild”, “unspoilt” landscape the brochures and display boards promised? Or is it eerily bereft of wildlife and rich ecosystems? Is it managed in the interests of the nation or for a tiny, privileged minority? I …

Birds

Country diary 1918: Downs alive with the sound of music

<b>Surrey, February 28</b><br>Soon as dawn began to spread along the southern rim of the sky this morning, the lower down was alive with birds. Larks rose almost from underfoot, others started from the higher ridge, and all played, fleeting about in the air like children let into a fresh meadow in spring. At …

Nature

Abi Morgan: ‘Women can be as violent, mercurial and complex as men’

The writer recalls the anger that fuelled her early play Splendour – and reveals she is directing her rage into a drama about abuses of power in Hollywood<p>This is an edited extract from The Start podcast<p>I wrote Splendour on the eve of the new millennium. The whole decade, from the late 1980s onwards …

Time I

If You Loved 'The Handmaid's Tale,' You Need To Read This One Book By Octavia Butler

Margaret Atwood's <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> has been topping bestseller lists again, over three decades after it was first published, and I can't say I'm …

Pushing back: why it's time for women to rewrite the story

Poe, Updike, Roth, Mailer: many male authors have contributed to a culture in which the credibility of women is undermined. It’s time to put a stop to the gaslighting, writes Sarah Churchwell<p>In 1938 a play debuted at the Richmond theatre, which opens with a Victorian husband telling his wife that …

Literature

25 Veggie-Friendly Meals You Can Make on Busy Weeknights

Our arsenal of 30-minute meals is your ticket to getting a satisfying dinner on the table, fast. From stir-fries and curries to pastas and salads, …

Cooking

“The Couch to 80k” Writing Boot Camp: Take a Free 8-Week Podcast Course to Start Writing Fiction, or Even Finish a Novel

We've all read fiction, but how to go about writing it? Nobody has the definitive answer, and there, in the multiplicity of possible approaches, …

5 Dinners That Will Also Restock My Freezer

During the holiday break between Christmas and the new year I went on somewhat of a cooking hiatus, and my husband and I relied on whatever was in …

Cooking

Novelist Lev Grossman on why James Joyce’s Dublin matches J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth

“[C.S.] Lewis was a great world builder, but he was incredibly sloppy by modern standards. Narnia was not up to code.”<p>Few fantasy series of the past 10 years have achieved the reach of Lev Grossman’s <i>Magicians</i> trilogy of novels, which began with <i>The Magicians</i> in 2009, continued with <i>The Magician King</i> …

Books

Tamal Ray’s recipe for scones with green kiwi fruit jam

The humble kiwi fruit occupies an unfairly neglected position in the minds of most home cooks. Before a 20th-century rebranding by savvy New Zealand farmers, it was known as the Chinese gooseberry, but beyond the tartness of flavour and the acid-green flesh, the comparison to gooseberries might …

Baking

10 Works of 1940s Literature Still Taught Today

America's Lingering Fascination with the International Literature of the 1940s<p>The 1940s opened with the entry of the United States into World War II …

Tomato, Aubergine & Ricotta Pasta | Jamie Oliver | Everyday Super Food

Artist Swaps Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads To Prove How Absurd They Are

“In a Parallel Universe” shows what it would look like if we treated men how we’ve always treated women<p>Since pretty much the dawn of time, women have …

Feminism

How To Make Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites

<b>Prepare your work space.</b> Place a cutting board for the banana slices to your left. In front of you arrange bowls for the toppings and leave a space …

Dessert

20 Make-Ahead Lunches to Get You Through the Work Week

The key to avoiding another sad desk lunch at the office is simple: Embrace make-ahead recipes. Find a smart recipe that you can make in bulk and …

Healthy Eating

Frankenstein at 200 – why hasn't Mary Shelley been given the respect she deserves?

Shelley’s Frankenstein has spoken to technological and cultural anxieties from the Enlightenment to #MeToo. But its author’s achievements have too often been dismissed or treated with scepticism<p>Gallery: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – in facts and figures<p>I became fascinated by Mary Shelley and her …

Literature