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5 new books not to be missed

Five new books people are talking about, from the editors of the National Book Review.<p>1."The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir" by Betsy Lerner (Harper Wave: 320 pp., $25.99) Bridge, the card game, proves to be an apt metaphor for connection in this memoir about five Jewish ladies who have been playing …

Nice Museum. Where’s the Art?

After all the artist’s struggles, all the critical quarrels, all the millions paid for grand works—after all that, how long will a museum visitor typically stand before a masterpiece? About twenty-eight seconds, according to a recent scholarly study. This average has held steady during the past …

Museums

How to Make a Wooden Speaker For Your Phone

This DIY speaker makes an attractive and rugged dance party companion.<p>Your iPhone's dinky speaker will suffice for speakerphone calls and listening to podcasts while you cook, but it's hardly adequate for properly enjoying music. Bluetooth portable speakers are a great solution, sure. But for …

Woodworking

What I Want to Tell My Son About My Drug Addiction

I was just one year older than my son when I tried heroin for the first time.<p>"Mom, did you ever do drugs?"<p>The words of my 12-year-old son lingered between us. He had been half-watching the news, where he learned about a woman who died from an overdose. At one time, I was not so different from her. …

Collages by David Delruelle

Artist feature: David Delruelle, a Brussels-based artist who creates highly emotional collages.<p>With his compositions, David Delruelle wants to …

Art

Amazing! This is how books helped Philani overcome homelessness

Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm. He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible.<p>As a child …