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Oliver Stone’s Putin puzzle: An evil genius who made history, or a shrewd, small-minded nonentity?

<b>Vladimir Putin in "The Putin Interviews" (Courtesy Of Showtime/Komandir)</b><p>Vladimir Putin at the end of history: In Stone’s telling, Russian supervillain is the punch line to a bad joke<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>June 17, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Oliver Stone seems to have two goals in mind in his four-part documentary …

The Beauty Who Led Israel’s First Spy Ring

She knew the end was coming. A warning had come that a column of the occupying Turkish Ottoman army was heading out from its base at the nearby …

Israel

Five cult feminist dystopias you need to know

Fans of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> will still be reeling from Sunday’s episode of the dystopian thriller, one of the most relentlessly bleak hours of television ever to air, and certainly the bleakest to feature a Blondie soundtrack. Depicting America’s slide into autocracy via a series of devastating …

Books

13 Podcasts You Should Listen To, Based On Your Favorite Books

Finding your new favorite podcast = easier than ever.<p>There are thousands of podcasts about any conceivable topic, which makes it that much more intimidating to get started if you’re a podcast newbie.<p>So here are 13 podcasts that you might like, based on 13 books that are at the top of best-seller …

Books

Never Too Late To Start Reading! 16 Books To Choose From If You’re A Beginner

Reading is that one activity that helps you escape reality and immerse yourself into another universe. The books we read help us understand the world …

How George Orwell’s 1984 Almost Didn’t Happen

June 8, 2017, marks the sixty-eighth anniversary of the publication of <i>1984,</i> a book that George Orwell almost didn’t manage to write. And when he did, it practically killed him.<p>As Bernard Crick wrote in the first complete biography of Orwell, at the time Orwell started to write about Winston Smith, …

Literature

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Flipped Classroom

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

<i>Since advice is usually ignored and rules are routinely broken, I refer to these little pearls as merely “suggestions.”</i><p><i>There is nothing original about this list. It has all been said before by writers much smarter than me. I’ve just arranged things differently, and I keep changing them as the years</i> …

Popular Fiction

'Beren And Lúthien' Reflects Tolkien's Real Life Love Story

One night in December of 1993, I stood in a frost-bound churchyard in Wolvercote, near Oxford. The tombstone in front of me bore the names of Edith Mary Tolkien and her husband John Ronald, but underneath each name was another: "Lúthien" and "Beren."<p>Young Tolkien had fallen in love with Edith when …

How vikings used science, tools to navigate across oceans

Copenhagen Museum<p>How vikings used science, tools to navigate across oceans<p>By | Posted Nov 27th, 2013 @ 11:01am<p> 5 photos<p>6<p>SALT LAKE CITY — Humans are, …

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

Jewish Gut Check: Did Diaspora Jews Feel Moved About Israel This Week?

These new holy days reinforce the power of place in Jewish peoplehood, and Israel’s amazing cultural accomplishment in creating a Jewish democratic public space.<p>Here’s a Jewish-caring test. Israelis just finished an intense annual national roller coaster. We remembered the six million Jews murdered …

Israel

This Tiny-Brained Hominid Buried Its Dead, Just Like We Do

In 2013, a remote cave (as in "30 meters underground, through an 18-centimeter-wide passage" remote) revealed something surprising about what it …

Honey, I love you: our 40,000-year relationship with the humble bee

Humans have always had a special relationship with bees. And while the archaeological evidence is sparse, what does exist shows the richness of ancient human activities<p>Earlier this month I received my first package of bees. A package refers to a box containing 3 pounds of bees, or roughly 12 …

Watch These 4,000-Year-Old First Nations Skeletons Come Back To Life

Reconstructing ancient faces from human skeletons has been done for decades, but the vast majority of those reconstructions are of Europeans. A new collaborative project between the Canadian Museum of History, the shíshálh Nation, and the University of Toronto upends how we see the past, with the …

Archaeology

Even in this age of mass literacy, we need writing lessons more than ever | Ian Jack

Writing is not the passport to riches promised to would-be journalists of the past, and nor is it an exact science. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned<p>Thanks to this newspaper’s belief in self-improvement and its need in these hard times to earn a bob or two, a reader can sign up to a …

Did Dutch hordes kill off the early Britons who started Stonehenge?

A gene study has shown that incomers could have ousted Stone Age Britons<p>The men and women who built Stonehenge left an indelible mark on the British landscape. However, researchers have discovered that their impact on other aspects of the nation may have been less impressive. In particular, their …

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to millions of learners around the world through the event's wildly popular online videos.<p>But those …

War

Top 10 novels on rural America

From Marilynne Robinson to William Faulkner, these great stories are told from the margins of US life, but they carry profound resonance<p>I was in my early 20s when I first read Housekeepingby Marilynne Robinson. It was a summer day on my family’s mountain acreage in rural northern Idaho. I wandered …

Top 10

9 Entertaining Books That Will Make You LOL

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p><b>Startup</b> by Doree Shafrir<p>“To call it expertly observed is an understatement.” Veteran journalist Shafrir, currently of BuzzFeed News, sharply skewers tech culture in a feminist satire that’s as addictive as it is biting. Read full book …

Book Reviews

World Book Day 2017: Inspiring Quotes About Books And Reading

April 23 every year marks World Book Day. This year the event falls Sunday.<p>Books have been a source of pleasure for several people and many will …

Forgotten Books That Were Once Called Classics: Critical Linking, April 23, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by <i>Day Drinking</i> by Kat Odell.The forgotten book that, rediscovered, takes its place among venerated classics is …

Books

The 10 Best Books to Introduce You to Magical Realism

Magical realism leaves a lot of readers in confusion. A mode that exists somewhere between fantasy and reality, many readers get it mixed up with …

A Closer Look at the Man Booker International Prize Shortlist

Get to know the finalists before the winner is announced in June<p>Last week, the Man Booker International Prize officially released its shortlist for …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers<p>On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took …

Henry David Thoreau

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

College professors dole out an incredible amount of required reading to their students.<p>But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, professors at America's most prestigious colleges — those in the top 10, according to US News & World Report — shared with Business Insider the single book …

University of Chicago

Have a lover, have friends, read books. Montaigne was right about one thing | Germaine Leece

We think we are escaping ourselves when we read literature, but we might be going deeper into our interior worlds through the therapy of reading<p>The understanding that literature can comfort, console and heal has been around since the second millennium BC; it is no coincidence that Apollo was the …

Books

Paul Theroux Picks ‘The Structures of Everyday Life’ as a Book He Can’t Live Without

Have you ever wondered where coffee came from and when people in Europe began to drink it—or tea, or chocolate? Or when men began to wear trousers …

Books

50 Years On, Stories of the Six Day War and What Came After

What new insight can a bunch of Very Important Writers provide about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank? Phrased a little differently — Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman call these novelists and essayists “storytellers” — this is the question the two editors of <b>KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH</b><b>:</b> …

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>This week, Bill Gates took to Twitter to provide some advice to the graduating class of 2017.<p>Gates exhorted the new grads to fight inequity, spread progress and surround themselves with people who …