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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Love lessons: Understanding personality types for a happier relationship

You wake up every morning and immediately jot down a list of the things to do before making yourself a nutritious smoothie. Later at work, you feel satisfied as you draw a line through each obligation you’ve met — right on deadline.<p>Meanwhile, your partner grumbles when the alarm buzzes, hitting the …

Happiness

Only One Occupied Country in Europe Rose to the Defense of Jews During World War II

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

The 5 Best Beach Camping Spots in America

<i>By: Andrew Villagomez</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/s__i</i><p>Sometimes all you really need for the perfect summer vacation is a little sun, some sand, and a pup tent. Few getaways rival a relaxing beach camping escape: roaring bonfires, gorgeous ocean sunrises (or sunsets), and the soothing sound of waves crashing on …

National Parks

Hunter S. Thompson on Violence, Vengeance, and the Only True Fix for Our Destructive Impulses

“One of the most important things is to recognize that we do have this mounting violence in us, and then to find the reasons.”<p>More than half a century after Tolstoy’s little-known correspondence with Gandhi on violence, human nature, and why we hurt each other, as the civil rights movement was …

The Workout That Burns More Calories Than Running

Ready to torch more cals?<p><i>This article was written by Kit Fox and provided by our partners at Runner's World.</i><p>You don’t need super heavy weights to torch calories. In fact, according to research from the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, your own four limbs—plus a …

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily <i>himself</i>, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.<p>In his new book, <i>The Man Who Wasn't There,</i> Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted …

Consciousness

7 Simple Tweaks That Make Your Brain Work Remarkably Well

Your brain is influenced by a wide array of factors. Here's how to get it working at its best.<p>Have you gotten through all the important tasks you need or hope to get done today? Neither have I. Yet with ever-more-loaded schedules, tight deadlines, and the constant flow of new opportunities, most of …

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The World

<i>As part of a series called</i> My Big Break<i>,</i> All Things Considered <i>is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers</i><i>.</i><p>In December 1984, a war was raging in Afghanistan; millions of refugees were fleeing to …

7 ways mentally strong people take advantage of solitude

But solitude can be highly beneficial to your mental health, creativity, and productivity, psychotherapist Amy Morin writes in her book " 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do ."<p>In the book, Morin says mentally strong people "don't fear alone time," since it offers restoration and a chance for …

Self-help

Kanye West has a larger vocabulary than Bob Dylan, according to study

Over the last year, we’ve shared all sorts of interesting studies analyzing trends in popular music, including which artists have the highest vocal …

Introducing: A Daily Routine So Good it Works for Early Birds and Night Owls

I’m sure you’ve seen studies and articles comparing early birds and night owls. Night people are smarter and more entrepreneurial. But morning people …

The Ultimate Map Of Literature’s Great American Road Trips

It’s late July, and if you haven’t already planned your summer vacation, might we suggest taking a cross-country road-trip? The sort of classic American holiday immortalized in novels ranging from Jack Kerouac’s <i>On The Road</i> and Ken Kesey’s <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> to Mark Twain’s <i>Roughing It</i> …

Hemingway's 10 Best Quotes

In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.<p>In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.

The Striking Places Ernest Hemingway Called "Home"

In honor of his 116th birthday, we're raising a daiquiri to our favorite Papa.<p>If there was such a thing as the Mount Rushmore of American literature, Ernest Hemingway would be part of it. (Or, at the very least, we'd argue strongly for his inclusion.) Hemingway was akin to a rock star during his …

CBC Books

For Whom the Words Toll: 10 Terms Coined by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, affectionately known by a slew of nicknames including Ernie, Oinbones, Champ, and of course Papa, was born on this day in 1899. An …

Literature

Do you have an accent? These are the words to try

When linguist Bert Vaux posted a corpus of words and questions on his Harvard website back in the early 2000s, little did he know that he would spawn an international meme.<p>The quiz was supposed to test his students’ regional American accents. Did they say soda or coke or pop? Was it a roly-poly or …

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Libraries