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Pack These Pages: 7 Professional Booksellers Select Your Summer Reading

Are you on the hunt for your next great read? <i>All Things Considered</i> asked booksellers across the country to share recommendations for books that you can take with you on vacation — or just to the nearest shade tree.<p>We heard from: Nina Barrett, Bookends and Beginnings, Evanston, Ill.; Julia Green, …

Books

How nature helps us overcome trauma

Writers have long explored the healing powers of nature. Fiona Macdonald looks at how 21st-Century authors are weaving memoir with landscape in dealing with difficult times.<p>In his book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy mentions research carried out in a hospital in the 1980s. Architecture …

Books

‘Night of the Animals’ and other best science fiction books this month

Some have called Bill Broun’s <b>Night of the Animals</b> (Ecco) prescient. The book’s plot indeed dovetails eerily with some recent events — Brexit, terrorism — but in this smartly written dystopian novel, things are even worse than the headlines. It’s 2052 and England is in political and economic …

Books

Google’s New App Isn’t The Next Best Thing To The Louvre. It Might Be Better

Google Arts & Culture turns art from all over the world into a meta museum.<p>Never stopping in its quest to make the world searchable, Google has just unveiled a new app that makes it as easy to find the opening times of your local museum as it is to figure out who painted that bright purple …

From Russia with drugs: The twisted erotic surrealism of Dmitry Vorsin

<i>A creation of artist Dmitry Vorsin.</i> <br>According to Australian art collective beinArt the Surrealist responsible for the provacative Dali-esque …

26 Extremely Dope Overlooked Albums of 2016 (So Far)

There's more to life than Kanye West, or Drake, or even—hear us out—Beyoncé. This has been a year of great music, and some extremely dope albums have slipped under the radar.<p>This has been a year full of music and, more specifically, full of great music. Even more specifically, 2016 has been a year …

Death Metal

How to Write a Novel, Explained by a Booker Prize-Winning Novelist

No one taught DBC Pierre how to write, but that didn't stop him from winning the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel. In his new book—and here—he explains how you could do the same.<p>Before he became a novelist, DBC Pierre had already led a picaresque life. Born in Australia in 1961 to a Nobel Prize …

​This Haunting Survivor Artwork Depicts the Horror of Nuclear Weapons

These illustrations by atom bomb survivors are a chilling reminder of the visceral power of visual storytelling.<p>Seventy years after the Cold War, the threat of the Atomic Age is greater than ever. Nine countries have stockpiles of nuclear weapons thousands deep and more powerful than the atom bomb …

How to Buy the Best Turntable and Stereo System for Your Record Collection

In a time when filling a room with sound can be as simple as tapping your phone, getting into vinyl can be intimidating. All those wires and plugs. Picking out a turntable that will last. Not to mention the myriad cartridge, amplifier, and speaker options. And even if you've connected all of those …

Here's How To Eat For Better Workout Results

Because housing a bag of cheese puffs after your run is apparently not the most productive strategy.

Nutrition

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>‘Maybe he needs to read more widely’: authors respond to Gay Talese<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the …

Literature

The 8 best budget turntables that won't ruin your records

<i>Originally published on The Vinyl Factory.</i><p><b>Since it was originally published in March 2014, our guide to the 8 best budget turntables has proved to be</b> …

Audiophile

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p>• Watch the Guardian’s documentaries<p><b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature</b> …

Filmmaking

10 Ways Vegans Can Get More Protein

You know that you need protein to build and repair muscle. But when you’re on a vegan diet, you can’t lean on the old standbys like chicken, fish, …

Nutrition

A Tribe Called Quest: 20 Essential Songs

R.I.P. Phife Dawg: Revisit pioneering New York rap crew's best tracks<p>Through 10 years and a handful of critically adored albums, rappers A Tribe …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Butch Vig on the 25th Anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and the ‘Mediocre’ State of Music

The legendary producer sat down at SXSW to discuss his production of the Nirvana classic, the Nirvana/Neil Young album that wasn’t, and much more.<p>He …

Indie Music

Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones: they last for ages and sound great too

With over 30 hours battery life, great controls and a compact design, Marshall’s first wireless headphones carry on the good work of the vintage amplifier company<p>British audio brand Marshall has taken its first steps into the wireless headphone world with a brand new version of its Major II, which …

Consumer Tech

6 Ways to Get Leaner, Stronger and Healthier This Spring

After a few months of heavy clothes, hearty food, and gloomy weather, your body, mind and spirit start to crave something different -- something lighter, brighter and more active. Fortunately, just about the time soups, sweaters, and snow are getting on your last nerve, spring shows up. And not a …

In Scary Old Sex, Writer Arlene Heyman Confronts a Timeless Taboo

When Arlene Heyman was an undergraduate at Bennington College in the early ’60s, she published a short story in the student alumni magazine about a defrocked Spanish Jesuit priest who ends up in New York in the arms of a prostitute. One of the school’s board members objected on the grounds that the …

Finally, Science Tells Us If Certain Types of Alcohol Cause You to Behave Differently

There are a lot of adages when it comes to drinking, such as “Beer before liquor, never sicker” and “Beer before wine and you’ll be fine.” But is …

Alcohol

The 50 Most Delicious Spring Soups