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Has wine gone bad?

‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the biggest split in the wine world for a generation.<p>By Stephen Buranyi<p>If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been …

Wine

A Reddit User Asked People To Choose The Book That Best Represents Their Country & The Answers Are Incredible

There's a reason why comparing books to windows — or doors, or portals — to other worlds is such a common metaphor; literature is both a …

Two Sisters by Åsne Seierstad review – slow-burn Isis tragedy

For a couple of years they flitted across our screens and newspapers like ghosts. One here, two or three there, once a group large enough to fill a minibus, mostly young, all seduced by a vision of purity, an urge to violence, or both. The Islamic State recruits who travelled from Europe had been …

Books

Ian Buruma: ‘Fascist rhetoric is creeping back into the mainstream’

People are often precisely who you imagine them to be. Just think of Donald Trump. But sometimes, more rarely, they are not. What did I know of the writer Ian Buruma before I met him? Well, I knew that he was half Dutch and half British. I had read some of his books, which I’d admired for their …

Books

Jimi Hendrix on stage at Woodstock, 1969. https://t.co/OshF0lmdlO

Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger in New York, 1969 https://t.co/nZ3ItyU1tD

Mirza Ghalib: Legendary poet of the Urdu language

Remembering one of the most popular and influential poet and writers of the Urdu language.<p>Mirza Ghalib, born on December 27, 1797, in Agra, was a well-known poet in the Persian and Urdu languages.<p>Today, he remains one of the most popular and influential masters of the Urdu language; he is known …

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

Raymond Chandler attacks US healthcare in newly-discovered story

It’s All Right - He Only Died was found in The Big Sleep author’s archives with a note underlining his contempt for doctors who turned away poor patients<p>A lost story by Raymond Chandler, written almost at the end of his life, sees the author taking on a different sort of villain to the hardboiled …

Literature

Top 10 imaginary drugs in fiction

Science-fiction writers are always looking for ways to bring about change, whether in society, in the nature of the physical world or in the human mind. And making up new drugs is a powerful way of inducing alteration on all these levels.<p>In my own work I’ve invented drugs such as Vurt, …

Literature

The 19th-Century Danish Writer Jens Peter Jacobsen Is Given a 21st-Century Reconsideration

Ross Macdonald, True Detective

In April 1949, Raymond Chandler described his aspiration to write a transcending book, “which, ostensibly a mystery and keeping the spice of mystery, …

Literature

Bob Dylan, the Beat Generation, and Allen Ginsberg’s America

Photograph: Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Barbara Rubin, Bob Dylan, and Daniel Kramer backstage at McCarter Theater, in Princeton, New Jersey, September, 1964. © Daniel Kramer.<p><i>“Bob Dylan in America,” by the historian Sean Wilentz, will be published in September by Doubleday. The following excerpt</i> …

Brian Aldiss, 1925 – 2017

We’re saddened to report that we have lost one the greats of science fiction and fantasy. Brian W. Aldiss was 92 years old.<p>Mr. Aldiss started out as …

The Philip K Dick book I love most…

<b>Puttering About in a Small Land</b><p>Chosen by Nicola Barker<p>You couldn’t really call me a bona fide Dickhead because I haven’t read everything Philip K Dick wrote (60-odd books, including short story collections during a relatively short career – at one point he was so prolific that he completed 11 …

Science Fiction

Hugo awards 2017: NK Jemisin wins best novel for second year in a row

The Obelisk is headline winner in a year marked by diminished presence of conservative Sad Puppy lobby and strong showing from women<p>A year after NK Jemisin became the first black person to win the Hugo award for best novel, the African American author has landed the prestigious science fiction …

Science Fiction

How America Lost Its Mind

The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.<p><i>Updated on December 28, 2017</i><p><i>“You are entitled to your own opinion,</i><p><i>— Daniel Patrick Moynihan</i><p><b>—</b><p><i>“We risk being the first people in history to have been</i><p><i>— Daniel J.</i> …

Political Science

De Tussenstand: de tien beste strips van het voorjaar

1. Guirlanda (Lorenzo Mattotti)<p>De grote terugkeer van de maestro naar het stripverhaal, een dikke ode aan Tove Janssons Moemins en de werelden van …

10 Famous Book Hoarders

I have a hard time getting rid of books, and if you’re reading this space, you probably do too. As Summer Brennan put it, “what kind of degenerate …

This new biography of Henry David Thoreau is the masterpiece he deserves

The new biography “Henry David Thoreau: A Life” is the masterpiece that the gadfly of youthful America deserves. I have been reading Thoreau and reading about him for 40 years; I’ve written a book about him myself. Yet often I responded to Laura Dassow Walls’s compelling narrative with mutterings …

Literature

Jacques Berque, a fighter for Arab culture – archive, 1995

<b>Obituary</b><br>The settlement of accounts between colonisers and colonised has not yet taken place. When it does, Jacques Berque, who has died aged 85, will be a key witness. The decolonisation of Algeria and Morocco was his life as well as his expertise.<p>Born of French parents in provincial Algeria, he …

Africa

The End of the World According to ISIS | The Waking Up Podcast

<b>Graeme Wood</b> is a national correspondent for <i>The Atlantic.</i> He has written for <i>The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,</i> and many …

John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces is June's reading group book

A Confederacy of Dunces has won our vote of Pulitzer prize winners and will be the reading group choice for June. John Kennedy Toole’s novel took the prize in 1981, making it one of a small number of posthumous winners – and the only one with such a large gap between its author’s death and …

Literature

Turkey’s Crackdown Curiously Spares the Literary World

ISTANBUL — Some Turkish authors who are not in prison may well be wondering why not.<p>This country’s literary world has a proud tradition of enduring imprisonment and repression, but mainstream authors have enjoyed an odd, if partial, immunity to the crackdown by the government of President Recep …

South Asia

Real books are back. E-book sales plunge nearly 20%

Are physical books the new vinyl?<p>New data suggest that the reading public is ditching e-books and returning to the old fashioned printed word.<p>Sales of consumer e-books plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over …

Books

Dit gebeurt er wanneer medewerkers van een boekwinkel zich vervelen

nl_NL<p>article<p>Froot.nl<p>Een boekenwinkel in Frankrijk, Libraire Mollat, krijgt nogal veel aandacht omdat ze onlangs …

Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment

After every terror attack the call rings out for the Muslim world to become modern. But as Christopher de Bellaigue writes, Muslims have strenuously engaged with all that is new for hundreds of years<p>A party of school-age swimmers takes to the waters of a municipal pool in north London. Among her …

Religion

Three days with The Dice Man: ‘I never wrote for money or fame'

When I read The Dice Man 15 years ago, I wanted to know who had written it, and why. It read more like an act of survival than a novel, but whether it was the author’s survival or mine, I wasn’t sure. I had stopped drinking alcohol and I was looking, simply, for another drug. The book made me high; …

Literature

Inside the Strange Saga of a Cairo Novelist Imprisoned for Obscenity

Before it was published, censors approved Ahmed Naji's subversive novel 'Using Life' – so how did he end up in jail for what he wrote?<p>On a scorching …

Literature