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Coming out as gay at Chinese New Year

<b>How did a video about telling your parents you're gay at Chinese New Year become a viral hit in China?</b><p>New Year is a time for millions of Chinese families to come together to eat, celebrate and set off firecrackers. For many Chinese sons and daughters, it's also a time to endure a barrage of …

Laura van den Berg is the best young writer in America

<b>Laura van den Berg</b><p>Laura van den Berg’s debut novel “Find Me” is earning deserved comparisons to Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro<p>Claire Cameron<p>February 17, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>In “Poetics,” Aristotle says that the best endings are surprising, yet inevitable. Can the same be said for a character? Joy …

On a Budget? 5 Ways You Can Still Travel the World!

The world is becoming more accessible, with airlines, accommodation and everything in between available at budget-friendly prices. If you can sort through the droves of information, you can go a lot further for a lot less. You can collect and redeem miles, watch for seat sales but if you're open …

Where to catch the best snow in Europe right now

With the second half of the ski season already under way, quite suddenly we are inundated with oodles of pure powder across the Alps and the Pyrenees. But as a skier or snowboarder in this yo-yo winter, it’s time to consider where to go to catch the best of the snow between now and late April when …

Men walking cute dogs are more desirable to women than flash cars or posh clothes

A man who owns a cute dog is four times as attractive to women as one wearing designer clothes or driving a flash car, according to a new study.<p>One …

Writing the Book You Want to Read (Even When You're Not an Expert in the Field)

<i>“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison</i><p>I’ve always loved Morrison’s …

7 Fictional Women Whose Life Stories Inspire Us

<b>Emily Byrd Starr</b> Emily is the heroine LM Montgomery wrote after <i>Anne of Green Gables</i> and its many sequels, when she was sick of being "dragged at Anne's chariot wheels". In 1920, she confided in her diary, "I am done with Anne forever... I want to create a new heroine now... Her name is Emily. She …

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and 9 More Must-Read Novels That Won the Pulitzer Prize

When <i>A Bullseye View</i>’s bookworms found out that Harper Lee, author of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, would be publishing her sophomore novel at the age of 88, …

Your European Vacation Just Got Cheaper: 8 Ways to Explore a Now-Cheaper Europe

You know what's the best thing when you're a budget-conscious traveler? When something happens that makes your entire trip cheaper, without you having to change a single thing on your itinerary. That something, in this case, is a steep drop in the value of the euro, making European trips cheaper …

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France's best walking tours

We've said it before: there are few more enjoyable ways of seeing France than on a walking holiday.<p>Here, we have highlighted our experts' favourite tour options, as well as itineraries flagged by our recommended tour operators.<p><b>Our experts’ picks (taken from our 10 best activity holidays in</b> …

Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again

Whether for birthdays, words of comfort, or World Book Night, here are the books we can't stop giving<p>While doing my tax return, I totted up the number of books I had bought last year and counted a whopping seven copies of Winifred Watson's 1938 novel <b>Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day</b>.<p>Seven! I hadn't …

Thirteen exciting books they’ll talk about at Jaipur Literature Festival

The line-up is always stellar, but here are some of the authors to watch out for.<p><b>Treasure Neverland: Real and Imaginary Pirates</b> by Neil Rennie shows …

Books

Charlie Hebdo attack: Saïd Kouachi secretly buried in unmarked grave

One of the gunmen who killed 12 people in an attack on the office of the satirical magazine has been quietly buried in an unmarked grave in the hope that it will not become a terrorist shrine<p>One of the terrorists who killed 17 people in this month's attacks in Paris has been buried secretly in an …

24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

1. When it comes to fellow writers, don't buy into the narcissism of small differences. In all their neurotic, competitive, smart, funny glory, other writers are your friends.<p>2. Unless you're Stephen King, or you're standing inside your own publishing house, assume that nobody you meet has ever …

Writing

Is religion the cause of, or the solution, to our problems?

<b>Re: Why We Need Religion, letter to the editor, Jan. 14; Why We Don’t Need Religion, letter to the editor, Jan. 15; Our Atheist Future, letter to the</b> …

In a woman's world, we men need Mike

Mike Buchanan's new political party, Justice for Men and Boys, will lead the fightback against female tyranny<p>What follows, of course, is so obvious that it should scarcely need saying, but sadly, in this PC-plagued day and age, I fear that it does. The truth is this. Modern society, at all levels, …

The Audition Trailer Starring Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro & Leonardo DiCaprio

Those excited to see Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio finally collaborate on a<p>Those excited to see Martin Scorsese, Robert De …

The World's Schizophrenic Attitude Towards Charlie Hebdo

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, the world watched more than 3 million demonstrators marching in France, including 50 heads of state and government in Paris along with religious representatives -- notably Muslims, Jews and Christians. The source of this exceptional movement: the execution of a part of …

Wintry Novels for Every Seasonal Mood

With the holidays over, it’s time to brace the rest of winter. The harsh, cold, unforgiving winter. The snow is no longer fun and patches of ice …

Sophie Littlefield, author of INFECTED, on learning to write faster-paced novels

<b>What scene was really hard for you to write and why?</b><p>INFECTED opens with the memorial service for the uncle of my main character. Carina has already …

Haruki Murakami adds online agony uncle to his CV

The influential Japanese author has promised to answer any question put to him on a new website<p><b>The novelist Haruki Murakami</b> is to turn his hand to everyday problems when he becomes an agony uncle on a new website.<p>From January 15 until the end of the month, the <b>famously reclusive</b> author will offer …

The 40 Greatest Screenplays Ever Written: Part I

It would have been easier (for which read “saner”) simply to have called this piece, <i>Forty Great Screenplays</i>, because in researching and writing it I …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Sandra the orangutan granted limited human rights

Campaigners use habeas corpus law to argue that ape has been illegally deprived of freedom as they try to rescue her from Argentinian zoo<p>A shy orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognised the ape as a "non-human person" unlawfully deprived …

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three …

Is Religion the #1 Cause of War?

A common objection raised against Christianity, is that religion is the #1 cause for war throughout human history. Therefore, Christianity, along …