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

Vladimir Putin at the end of history: In Stone’s telling, Russian supervillain is the punch line to a bad joke<p>Oliver Stone seems to have two goals in mind in his four-part documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premiered over the past week on Showtime. They are distinct but closely connected; …

Russia

The Beauty Who Led Israel’s First Spy Ring

A century ago Sarah Aaronsohn was at the center of one of the most dangerous —and most effective—intelligence gathering operations in the Middle East.<p>…

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 …

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 …

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 …

Pedagogy

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> …

Creative Writing

'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 …

Literature

How vikings used science, tools to navigate across oceans

Copenhagen Museum<p>By | Posted Nov 27th, 2013 @ 11:01am<p> 5 photos<p>6<p>SALT LAKE CITY — Humans are, and always have been, a species on the go, our movements …

Sailing

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> …

Pedagogy

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 …

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 …

Prehistory

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 …

Ecology
Archaeology

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

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 …

Literature

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 …

Anthropology

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers | Inc.com

<i>Thank You for Being Late</i> by Thomas L. Friedman; recommended by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Martin Ford. Amazon calls it "a field guide to the 21st century."<p><i>Success Through Stillness</i> by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and; recommended by Serena Williams. The hip-hop mogul on</i> …

Books

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 …

Books

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 …

Books

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 …

Books
Literature
Books

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 …

Literature

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 …

Books

'Have a lover, have friends, read books,' said Montaigne. He was right about one of them

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 god of medicine as well as poetry.<p>As a bibliotherapist, I’m interested in the therapeutic value stories have to offer us, particularly during …

Books

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

The noted fiction and nonfiction author celebrates Fernand Braudel’s illuminating history of quotidian objects and practices, from coffee drinking to …

Israel

20 Books Billionaire Bill Gates Recommends

Get a jump on your summer reading list with these suggestions from the billionaire and philanthropist.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<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 …

Bill Gates