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Bill Gates just recommended a book that people have been obsessed with since the election

"Hillbilly Elegy," a memoir of growing up in rural Appalachia, follows that pattern.<p>"I am not a self-made man," Gates wrote in the blog post. Growing up in Seattle, his parents afforded Gates every advantage he could want. So when he read J.D. Vance's account of childhood in Ohio and Kentucky, …

Bill Gates

8 Great Books by LGBTQ Authors From Places Where It’s Illegal to Be Gay

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, first organized back in 2004 in order “to draw the attention of …

The First 100 Days: 'A Standard That Not Even Roosevelt Achieved'

The idea of measuring an American president by the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office goes back to 1933 and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dash to staunch a banking crisis and pull America out of the Great Depression.<p>In a July 24, 1933, fireside chat, he assessed the early …

What We Can Learn About Trump From His Favorite President, Andrew Jackson

<i>This piece was inspired by an episode of The Cooler, KQED’s weekly pop culture podcast. Give it a …

Rosie O'Donnell

How 'The Great Stink' Infiltrated London in 1858

As we’ve discussed before, the past was a disgusting time to be alive. Trash, human waste, and slaughterhouse viscera were once a common sight in the …

Trump Writing Fake Executive Orders Because He Doesn’t Know How to Be President

Donald Trump’s administration is scurrying around in advance of the 100-day marker, trying to look busy and productive — trying to create the …

Donald Trump

Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site

Crowdfunded online publication from Jimmy Wales will pair paid journalists with army of volunteer contributors<p>Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community …

Donald Trump

The beginner's guide to the French elections — CNN

Opening story…<p>Click here if the story doesn't open after a few seconds.<p>Learn more about Apple News<p>article<p>France is about to pick a new president. And …

Chart Every Country's Favorite Book on This Map

Navigate the world of literature through the books that impacted a country’s population the most.<p>A well-intentioned illustrated map colors the globe with book covers representative of popularitywithin their country of origin. Reddit user Backforward24 respectfully pulls beloved literature and …

Literature

Fertilizer has saved billions of lives, but it also has a dark side

Excerpt: Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong<p><i>The following is an excerpt from "Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong" by Paul A. Offit.</i><p>We’re not that complicated. Although we come in different shapes and sizes, heights and weights, and backgrounds and temperaments, and …

Virginia Woolf Teaches How to Fight Fascism

The English novelist and essayist argued that fascism begins in patriarchal repression, and that women must see themselves as a society of outsiders …

The True Identity of Legion's Big Bad Has Been Revealed, and Here's What You Need to Know

One of the many mysteries that sits at the heart of <i>Legion</i>’s first season is the real identity of the villain that’s been plaguing David Haller from …

Man Secretly Documents His Wife Taking Him To IKEA Again, And His Photos Go Viral

Ever found yourself in IKEA without the slightest idea why you’re there? That’s the dark magic of IKEA. It subtly draws you in with its invisible …

10+ Incredible Photos You Won’t Believe Are Not Photoshopped

Digital manipulation can do amazing things to your photographs (as seen here), but sometimes the most stunning images are the ones that haven't been …

14 Things You Missed in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Trailer!

In just over two months, Marvel is going to unleash the long-awaited Baby Groot movie. Of course, you may know it by its alternate title, <i>Guardians of</i> …

SPOILERS: And the post credits scene for Kong: Skull Island is...

<i>Obviously, plenty of spoilers below. Like, loads.</i><p><b>Kong: Skull Island</b> hits cinemas next week, but we here at Flickering Myth we’re lucky enough to …

Fake News and the Founding Fathers

This administration’s attacks are directed at anyone who dares to disagree or try to hold them accountable. Nothing could be further from …

Journalism

Trump called the news media an ‘enemy of the American People.’ Here’s a history of the term.

President Trump is not known for his subtlety. But even by this standard, his tweet Friday night was extreme. Trump called the news media “the enemy of the American People.”<p>The New York Times, which among others was called out specifically, labeled it “a striking escalation” from a leader who …

Joseph Stalin

Snowden Is Actually Happy About Report That Russians May Turn Him Over To Trump

It's "evidence that I'm not a Russian spy," says NSA whistleblower.<p>National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden appears to be downright gleeful about a report that Russia might turn him over to the Trump administration as a kind of “gift.”<p>“Finally: Irrefutable evidence that I never …

Longtime Phoenix resident in U.S. illegally detained in early display of Trump executive order's reach

A Phoenix woman in the country illegally who was considered a low priority for deportation by the Obama administration has been taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.<p>Immigrant advocates say her detention reflects the severity of the<p>Trumpadministration’s crackdown on illegal …

Immigration

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.<p>Whatever his intellectual and political gifts, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a cunning and dangerous criminal. For him, issuing illegal …

Political Science

Is This Watergate?

President Trump’s showdown with the federal judiciary feels awfully familiar.<p>Quite early in the Trump presidency, people asked me, <i>Is this like Watergate?</i> The question came mainly from people who weren’t around at the time. My answer was either, <i>No</i> or <i>Not yet</i>.<p>Well, the situation just changed, and …

Donald Trump

Before Straight and Gay

The discreet, disorienting passions of the Victorian era<p>Even by the formidable standards of eminent Victorian families, the Bensons were an intimidating lot. Edward Benson, the family’s patriarch, had vaulted up the clerical hierarchy, awing superiors with his ferocious work habits and cowing …

Literature

Read more and more recognition of Frederick Douglass’s amazing job

Welcome back to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a collection of the best recent writing on books and related topics from around the web. Herewith is the best the internet has to offer for the week of January 1, 2017.<p>The Washington Post discusses how, in <i>Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass</i>, …

Rosa Parks' Birthday: 5 Things You May Not Know About Civil Rights Icon

She didn’t know it at the time but December 1, 1955 would be the day that would put her name in history books. That was the day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.<p>Her act of resistance that day unleashed a movement that helped to end legal segregation in the U.S., …

Black History

Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” can inspire those who fear Trump’s America

For those who disagree with Trump’s policies and feel powerless, Tolstoy’s epic novel offers a helpful perspective<p>As a professor of Russian literature, I couldn’t help but notice that comedian Aziz Ansari was inadvertently channeling novelist Leo Tolstoy when he claimed that “change doesn’t come …

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Product Details<p>ISBN-13:<p>9780679763888<p>Publication date:<p>10/04/2011<p>Pages:<p>640<p>Sales rank:<p>11,588<p>Product dimensions:<p>9.18(w) x 6.18(h) x 1.68(d)<p>About the …

The fearless woman who led Spain’s battle against fascism

‘They shall not pass!’ was her battle cry<p>“Workers! Farmers! Anti-fascists! Spanish Patriots!,” the woman cried to the crowds in Madrid in July of …

Francisco Franco