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'Furnace' Burns With Horror And Wonder

In <i>Engines of Desire,</i> Livia Llewellyn's debut collection of short stories from 2011, reality was just another raw material to be stretched and reworked. Llewellyn's follow-up collection, <i>Furnace,</i> is a slightly slimmer volume, but it doesn't skimp when it comes to her distorted vision. Beautiful and …

Here are the most popular lines from 'The Man in the High Castle' (the book)

• “Whom the gods notice they destroy. Be small . . . and you will escape the jealousy of the great.”<br>• “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of …

100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School

Last year, a <i>Slate</i> essay called “Against YA” by Ruth Graham irked thousands of readers who took offense at her argument that although grown-ups …

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

The winners span two-dozen categories, including everything from literary fiction to mysteries and thrillers.<p>From gripping nonfiction that delves deep into historical accounts to novels that take readers into fascinating imaginary worlds, here are the top 10 books Amazon chose for 2015.<p>1. <b>"</b><b>Fates and</b> …

6 Banned Books in Search of a Director

Ever wonder why lists of banned books are almost exclusively young adult novels? Well, other than the fact that nearly every book aimed at adults …

Spindle Is A Social App That Encourages You To Be Selfish With Your Content

While social media platforms theoretically can be a great place to document life’s special moments, the reality is that social pressure often forces us to curate and filter our content for others, instead of focusing on ourselves.<p>Launched last week, Spindle is a social journaling app that solves …

Social Media

Science, Religion, and Science-Fiction: Six Provocative Quotes from Atheist Authors

Are religion and science incompatible? No, according to evolutionary geneticist Jerry A. Coyne. In his new book <i>Faith vs. Fact</i>, Coyne argues that …

Ten must-read YA novels you've probably never heard of

Children and teenagers,Teen books,Books,Culture,Poetry (children and teens),Teen romance (childrens and teens),Historical fiction (children and teens)<p>Just like adult fiction, popular YA books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent are not representative of the sheer diversity of titles and authors …

Books

15 Lovely Quotes From The Nobel Prize Winner Poet Pablo Neruda

Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto was a Chilean politician, as well as a fantastic poet. He even got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Still …

7 of The Most Effective Closing Lines To a Novel You’ll Ever Read

Finishing a book you love is a uniquely sweet sorrow. The final line of a novel is a destination we desperately want to reach and at the same time …

Books

Original short story: Could It Be Forever? by Nina Stibbe

The British author of Love, Nina remembers a doomed transatlantic romance<p>Related: Original short story: Architectural Salvage, by Will Self<p>It was strange – but undeniably exciting – to think of this American cousin of Celia’s falling in love with me<p>Related: Original short story: Two Families, by …

America's top colleges assigned these books to freshmen

The book choices this year range from personal essays to classic fiction, hitting topics that include race, climate change, and sexuality.<p>While students will get to enjoy the books over the summer, at most colleges they're expected to come to campus ready to debate and analyze the book alongside …

23 Books You Need To Read Before Watching The Movie Versions

Because the book is always better.

Pop Art Portraits of Popular Faces Are Popping Up in Dublin

Irish street artist Pan Cooke is turning his distinctive designs into a sticky, global takeover.<p>Those wheatpasted portraits of actors and fictional characters appearing in the streets of Dublin? There's a good chance street artist Pan Cooke, f.k.a. Stephen Cooke, is behind them. Cooke, a …

50 Summer Reading Suggestions | Joe Carter

The following is a list of favorite works of imaginative literature compiled by a literary snob. Unlike similar lists you won’t find anything as …

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

25 Famous Authors' Favorite Books

One key to being a good writer is to always keep reading—and that doesn't stop after you've been published. Here are 25 authors's favorite reads. Who …

Why it pays to be a jerk

Sneer at the customer. Keep your colleagues on edge. Claim credit. Speak first. Put your feet on the table. Withhold approval. Instill fear. Interrupt. Ask for more. And by all means, take that last doughnut. You deserve it.<p>Follow one of those paths, the success literature tells us, and you'll go …

50 Best Documentaries Of All Time That Will Change Your Life

There are so many life-changing documentaries out there that it can be hard to decide which ones to watch first. We've narrowed it down to the top 50.

“My body was in a net that was being tightened”: Director Rodney Ascher on the frightening phenomenon of sleep paralysis

Ascher’s new documentary “The Nightmare” follows 8 individuals who have been haunted by midnight spectres<p>Director Rodney Ascher's follow-up to "Room 237" is a documentary-horror hybrid that threatens to give you an addiction to caffeine pills. "The Nightmare" follows eight people who have suffered …

Top 10 (unconventional) ghosts in literature

These ghosts do not need to rattle chains and howl; they may not necessarily scare, but they manage to haunt, long after the pages have been turned<p>“GHOST STORY”. When Barry Hannah, the late novelist of the American south, taught fiction workshops, he would begin by writing those two words on the …

Women May Finally Be Achieving Equality in the Realm of Loser Comedies

A recent late-night surf through the cable landscape rendered in me an odd sense of déjà vu–and the vu (or is it the déjà?) was junior high. There's …

Scientists Find Alarming Deterioration In DNA Of The Urban Poor

The urban poor in the United States are experiencing accelerated aging at the cellular level, and chronic stress linked both to income level and racial-ethnic identity is driving this physiological deterioration.<p>These are among the findings published this week by a group of prominent biologists and …

How T.C. Boyle Finds His Endings

The author of The Harder They Come adheres to an organic, spontaneous finale-writing process ruled only by his desire to leave readers with room for interpretation.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan</b> …

Literature

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryPruitt Failed to Sabotage the EPA Mark Joseph Stern His successor will be masterful at it.<p>Scott Pruitt Was the Outlandish Epitome of …

Scott Pruitt

Revealed: How torture was used to foil al-Qaeda 2010 plot to bomb two airliners 17 minutes before explosion

The former head of MI6 has said torturing suspected terrorists produces “useful information”, as <i>The Independent on Sunday</i> reveals that “real-time” …

We Can Predict When People Are Going To Die From Their “DNA Clock”

We can do a lot to shorten or lengthen our time on earth, from what we choose to eat, to where we choose to live. But some part of our longevity is hardwired. It’s dictated by our genes.<p>Scientists have discovered a human “biological clock” based on certain changes to genes, called DNA methylation. …

How the Super Bowl ad game played out

NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers on Sunday night sought to win over viewers in a variety of ways.<p>McDonald's called for loving, Coke demanded …

Watch Four Disney Artists Paint One Tree

“The artist always has something to say. He doesn’t paint men, landscapes, or furniture, but an idea.”- The Art Spirit by Ryerson Margery A. and Henri Robert.<p>As parts of Walt Disney’s creations come out of the vault, some kind souls have taken it upon themselves to upload some old goodies on …