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'A book is not its plot': Orhan Pamuk on new novel A Strangeness in My Mind

Speaking in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, the Nobel Laureate explains why he wanted to explore the ‘epic’ life of a street yogurt vendor in latest book<p>After one of Orhan Pamuk’s students berated him for spoiling the ending of Anna Karenina, he made a new rule: read the book’s summary on Wikipedia …

Literature

10 'Dump Recipes' For Slow Cookers That Make Cooking Stupid Easy

Basically, these are the easiest slow cooker recipes in the world.<p>The slow cooker is heralded for making dinner a breeze, but sometimes the recipes are not as easy as they seem. We want slow cooker meals so we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen, so in our minds, recipes that …

Cooking

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week

By Off the Shelf Staff | Off the Shelf<p>Greatness often breeds controversy, and this has certainly been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. <i>Harry Potter</i> has been banned for its glorification of witchcraft, <i>Go Ask Alice</i> for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and <i>Brave New World</i> for …

Can a thinking person still have faith? My skeptical, honest quest for religious answers

I was a skeptic, until my son and wife got sick and suddenly faith in something seemed important. But in 2015, how?<p><i>"I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist." -- Camus</i><p>When I searched for God I found a man who looked like Will Ferrell.<p>This search I’d kept secret. God, these days? Are you …

France joins air campaign against Islamic State in Syria

Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria, President Francois Hollande said Sunday, making good on a promise to go after the group that the president has said is planning attacks against several countries, including France.<p>The airstrikes were the …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Comedy Issue<p><i>GQ</i> goes behind the scenes with the resident genius of <i>SNL</i> to see the sketch-comedy master in her element.<p>By Amy Wallace2 days agoView …

Lifestyle

People Are Not Attending Church Anymore

I sat with my friend in the diner having breakfast. We had not seen each other in a couple of years. He is the Pastor for a church in a major East Coast city. " How are things going at church ?<p>" I asked. My friend paused and said, " Well, you saw the attendance yesterday. It was 26. We usually have …

The ultimate cold and flu survival guide

Each year, the typical adult can expect to contract two or three colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn't have to be this way! Aside from good hand washing (with soap, for at …

Immune System

Compassionate McDonald’s worker praised for act of kindness

Photo of McDonald’s employee helping elderly man is shared over 250,000 times on Facebook<p>A McDonald’s employee has been praised after a customer captured his act of kindness and shared the photo online.<p>Destiny Carreno said the sight at her local McDonald’s in Chicago, Illinois, “brought tears to …

Jewish groups ‘astonished’ NDP candidate not aware of Auschwitz

Jewish groups said they were astonished that an educated school trustee running for the New Democrats in the federal election reportedly said she was unfamiliar with one of the Nazis' most notorious death camps.<p>Leaders in the Jewish community reacted with dismay on Thursday after it was revealed …

To This Secular Muslim, Ben Carson Had a Point

Take it from someone who’s been fighting it her whole adult life: The sad truth is that too many Muslims want to mix mosque and state.<p>Ben Carson’s …

Phyllis Tickle Dead: Beloved Religion Writer Dies At 81

The author died peacefully in her sleep, according to her family.<p>Phyllis Tickle died on Tuesday morning after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. Tickle is perhaps best known for launching the religion section of Publishers Weekly in the early 1990s. But those close to her …

Time I

What's it all About? The Essence of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. But why? What is it? Why do we fast? Why does it seem so foreboding? And most importantly, how do we take advantage of its awesome power?<p>Yom = Day, Kippur = atonement. Yom Kippur is the "Day of Atonement". What is "atonement"? Is it repentance? …

Free to Start Again: The Message of Yom Kippur

<i>Yom Kippur</i>, the Day of Atonement, is the supreme moment of Jewish time, a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgement. At no other …

Green Vegetarian Foods That Aid In Weight Loss

Green foods - if they are not your friendly type of food, you better start making them a part and parcel of your life as these green vegetarian <b>foods</b> …

15 Of Richard Dawkins' Most Controversial Tweets

His posts about Ahmed Mohamed are just the latest in a long series of provocative online comments.<p>For better or worse, Richard Dawkins simply isn't one to bite his tongue.<p>On Sunday, the outspoken evolutionary biologist and best-selling author took to Twitter to suggest that Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas …

Richard Dawkins

21 Vegetarian Dump Dinners For The Crock Pot

Meat-free eats just got even easier.

Cooking

50,000 Animals About To Be Brutally Sacrificed On Streets Of NYC

Yom Kippur is right around the corner - and tens of thousands of chickens are about to be sacrificed in a highly controversial ritual.<p>"It's a …

Chickens

Why the conception of God in Hinduism is the most complex of all faiths

OPEN TO OPINION<p><b>English</b> | Bangla<p>It is changeless, formless, and beyond thought.<p>LIFE<p>| Commonsense Karma | 5-minute read | 18-09-2015<p>Hari Ravikumar …

Hinduism

5 Places to See the Best Fall Foliage in the U.S.

<i>by Allison Williams and Marisa LaScala, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy of NHDTTD/George Murphy<p>While we all love summer and its days filled with sunshine and ice cream, we can't be sad for long--fall is on its way with all its usual bright colors and beautiful views. Here's where to find the best</b> …

The 29 best art museums in America

Of course, landmark art museums like NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and D.C.’s National Gallery of Art are national treasures, but checking out an …

29 Proteins That Burn Fat 2x Faster

You already know that eating protein is key when it comes to feeling satisfied with your meals and maintaining a weight loss effort. Protein helps …

Nutrition

Why You Should Travel With Your Aging Parents

One of the great joys of traveling the globe is exploring new and exciting destinations and cultures. Even exploring the town next door can yield a different perspective than you're used to seeing. But even better than the travel itself is sharing the experience with someone you love.<p>Many of us …

Grand jury recommends charges against 37 frat members in New York college student's death

A grand jury has recommended charges against dozens of fraternity members in the death of a New York City college freshman during a hazing ritual in northeastern Pennsylvania, police said Monday.<p>The panel recommended third-degree murder charges against the Pi Delta Psi fraternity and five students …

The Audacious Ascetic by Flagg Miller review – banality of evil, Al-Qaida style

The British Library recently balked at acquiring an archive of Taliban documents, fearing that researchers might be tempted to rehearse terrorist outrages. American universities have fewer scruples. In 2002 US special forces scooped up a cache of 1,500 cassette tapes from a house in Kandahar that …

Osama Bin Laden

The Case for Kim Davis: Part Two

The responses to my column "The Case For Kim Davis" are for the most part thoughtful and raise important issues. I say "for the most part" because I want to set aside as not in the ballpark comments like, "Religious beliefs are absurd in the first place," or, "All religion is fiction." Those who …