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Three American teens, recruited online, are caught trying to join the Islamic State

CHICAGO — Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, rose before dawn on Oct. 4 to pray with his father and 16-year-old brother at their neighborhood mosque in a Chicago suburb.<p>When they returned home just before 6 a.m., the father went back to bed and the Khan teens secretly launched a plan they had been hatching …

A Book Of The Lands: The One Who Would Be King

YOU ARE READING<p>The goblin horde has arrived! Djar's parents have been murdered, his city is occupied and things look worse every day. But there is …

Here's What Westeros Really Looks Like, According To George R.R. Martin

<i>George R. R. Martin's next book is coming. No, not that one.</i><p>The author talked at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about "The World of Ice & Fire," his new book chronicling the history of Westeros. During the talk, Martin revealed that the Westeros portrayed on television's "Game of Thrones" can be …

Marvel working on 'Guardians of the Galaxy' animated series (update)

A <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> animated television series is coming from Marvel Television, the company announced during a panel at New York Comic Con 2014 today.<p>The series, which is called <i>Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy</i>, is "in production," said Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel TV. The company made the …

Pictures: A Century of Reading Around the World

Now that kids worldwide have taken up their schoolbooks once again, we dug into the National Geographic archives for a look at reading around the world.

7 Trilogies That Are As Good As 'Lord Of The Rings'

I wonder how many authors set out to write trilogies. Tolkien, for instance, intended the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> to be the first big ass volume of a two-volume set (the second being the equally big ass <i>The Silmarillion</i>), as well as the sequel to <i>The Hobbit</i>. His publisher sensibly refused to do this, …

How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales

<i>“When people talk listen completely,”</i> Hemingway counseled in his advice on how to be a writer. More than a century earlier, a little boy in Denmark, born into poverty to a shoemaker father and an illiterate washerwoman mother, was spending his days listening to the old women in the local insane …

What Books Do for the Human Spirit: The Four Psychological Functions of Great Literature

The question of what reading does for the human soul is an eternal one and its answer largely ineffable, but this hasn’t stopped minds big and small from tussling with it — we have Kafka’s exquisite letter to his childhood friend, Maurice Sendak’s visual manifestos for the joy of reading, and even …

Yes, Shakespeare coined words. But that's just the start of his contribution to the English language

You must have read or listened to tons of stories about William Shakespeare, and how he’s still relevant.<p>Stories about kids performing his plays. Prisoners performing them. Who knows, maybe even astronauts have recited bits from Hamlet on the International Space Station. If they haven’t yet, they …

We love fairy tales — maybe we'd love them more if they were translated right

Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty... they are some of the best-known stories of our time. But how well do we really know these and other fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm? Probably not well at all, since we have generally read sanitized translations.<p>Take Snow White. Her stepmother — …

3 Tips for Introducing the 26 Letters

By <b>Renee</b> on February 20, 2011 in Letter/Word Awareness, Phonemic Awareness<p>After many years of introducing kindergarten students to the 26 letters and …

Storytelling

Storytelling is a little like driving in Manhattan. Say you're downtown and you want to drive up to La Mirabelle, the French place on 86th between Columbus and Amsterdam, which serves steak and pommes frites, escargot and coquilles St. Jacques--in short all the so-called bourgeois cuisine which …

Gotham Central and Southern Bastards: the month in comics

Even before R Kelly wrote a song about it for Batman Forever, the gloomy, crime-infested, often arbitrarily art deco Gotham City (“A city of justice/ A city of love”) has been an integral part of the Dark Knight mythos. The producers of Gotham, the Jim Gordon-centric prequel starting this Monday …

The Maze Runner: have you read the book?

The book behind the hit film is a punchy, original thrill ride<p>Right now, dystopias are in. Or at least they are if you’re under 20. James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, the first of a trilogy (there’s also a prequel), joins <b>The Hunger Games</b> and <b>Divergent</b> as the latest futuristic Young Adult thriller to …

The 45 best young adult books of 2014

The year's must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books<p><b>BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION OF 2014</b><p><b>THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN BY MARCUS SEDGWICK (INDIGO)</b><p>Marcus Sedgwick's beguiling novel about human longing, The Ghosts of Heaven, contains four separate stories. A triumph.<p><b>Read our review of The Ghosts of</b> …

Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote

Shakespeare wrote, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be." But Lois Leveen, author of the novel 'Juliet's Nurse,' says good things happen when authors …

Ten of the worst years in British history

<b>1066</b><p>From the complacent armchairs of the modern world, the Norman conquest looks like a positive thing – a battle that defines us. But 1066 saw the country face invasion not once but twice: first in the north, where King Harold defeated a Norwegian and Flemish army led by his brother Tostig and …

Finding Myself in Junot Diaz

<i>By Pronoy Sarkar for Off the Shelf</i><p>I was born in India, came to Los Angeles, California when I was two years old, and wore dresses until I was three. My father was a medical student with little money; my mother, young and naïve, knit with her mother clothing befit a beautiful young girl. They had a …

Karen Russell Interviews Chris Adrian About Digital Books And Story Design

<i>Pulitzer Prize nominee Karen Russell's most recent book</i>, Sleep Donation, <i>was published by a newly launched digital publisher. The medium allowed the author to publish her story as a novella, rather than extending it into a novel or condensing into a short story. "I don't think there are too many</i> …

Writers join fight to save Liverpool’s libraries

Authors including Cathy Cassidy, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Caitlin Moran are protesting the possible closure of 11 of 18 of Liverpool’s libraries<p>David Nicholls, Caitlin Moran, Malorie Blackman and Carol Ann Duffy are just a handful of the major literary names who have put their signatures to a “love …

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

<b>Hilary Mantel,</b> whose brilliant, engrossing historical novels, <i>Wolf Hall</i> and <i>Bring Up the Bodies,</i> achieved the surprising feat of humanizing the …

Books

The Real Reason Why You Binge Eat

You can't blame a sugar or salt addiction<p>After you’ve double-fisted Cheetos, you’re probably looking for an excuse to explain that empty bag. Unfortunately, you can’t equate those salty snacks with a compulsion: A review from the U.K concluded that the food you eat doesn’t have any addictive …

Bungie's Trouble With 'Destiny's' Iron Banner Is The Trouble With The Whole Game

Destiny’s “Iron Banner” Event was something we had heard about since before release. Most of the game’s multiplayer would equalize equipment bonuses to give all players an equal shot, they said, but the Iron Banner would be the ultimate challenge, where high-level players would get a chance to use …

'Big Hero 6' brings humor and heart to New York Comic Con

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Marvel Comics brought <i>Big Hero 6</i>, the upcoming CG-animated film based on the Marvel superhero team of the same name, to New York Comic Con yesterday. According to the filmmakers behind the movie, it combines the best of Disney and Marvel — and indeed, <i>Big Hero 6</i> is …

The Future of Civilization Is a Battle Between Google and Wikileaks

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19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit

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The Sense of Style: Psycholinguist Steven Pinker on the Art and Science of Beautiful Writing

<i>“Man has an instinctive tendency to speak, as we see in the babble of our young children,”</i> Charles Darwin wrote in <i>The Descent of Man</i>, <i>“whereas no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew, or write.”</i> While baking and brewing undoubtedly have their place in culture, it is writing that has …