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“Certainly, you can see a birthday coming from many miles away, and it should not be a shock or a surprise when it happens.” Happy birthday, David Cronenberg. Read his introduction to a new translation of “The Metamorphosis”: http://tpr.ly/19zZVLo

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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Readers' books of the year 2013: part 1

Murdo Macleod/Guardian<p>Maggie O'Farrell … her novel Instructions for a Heatwave captures the mood of 1976's sweltering summer. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2013/12/17/1387298850904/Maggie-OFarrell-009.jpg<p>460<p>Martin …

The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt – review

Tonke Dragt's <i>The Letter for the King</i> has sold more than a million copies throughout the world. First published in 1962 in the Netherlands, this tale of a teenager's knightly quest has now been translated into English by Laura Watkinson.<p>A deep sense of Christian faith pervades the book, though it is …

European courts have too much power, says former Lord Chief Justice

Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice, warns that the European Court of Human Rights is becoming 'unanswerable' and must 'stop here'<p>The European Court of Human Rights is undermining Parliament's sovereignty and must "stop here", the former Lord Chief Justice has said.<p>Lord Judge warned that …

Climate Change Is Creating Anxious Fish

Jonge advocaat tevreden ondanks hoge werkdruk - Mr. Online

Maar liefst 85% van de jonge advocaten is (zeer) tevreden over zijn beroep. Salaris en werkdruk hebben hierop slechts in beperkte mate invloed. …

The Dudes Big Lebowski Cookbook - CNN iReport

The Dudes Big Lebowski Cookbook? "FAR OUT MAN" !!! Says The DUDE. Yes The Dude has a Cookbook, Got Any Kahlua / The Collected Recipes of The Dude ... It's a Great Read and a Must Have for all "Acheivers" Fans of The DUDE, The Big Lebowski The GREATEST CULT MOVIE of ALL-TIME ... ABIDE ! Recipes …

Young and jobless forever: What do the numbers tell us?

<b>The jobs crisis facing the world's young people shows no sign of abating. The evidence suggests that queues for jobs are growing longer and some are getting so frustrated at their employment prospects they have taken to the streets to protest.</b><p>The statistics can make gloomy reading. If you group …

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Running a Marathon With Haruki Murakami

Early in October I flew to Minneapolis and ran my first marathon. It's astounding to me how many people do this on a regular basis because it really is a long way to run. What I want to talk about, though, is how I ran my first marathon with Haruki Murakami.<p>Early in October I flew to Minneapolis …

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Lou Reed: The Rolling Stone Interview

The heckling starts in the middle of the very first song. Above the steely guitar strains of “Romeo Had Juliette,” the gritty ode to love under siege …

Levels of Life

<b>Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life</b> is a strange book about loving someone and losing them. Barnes’s wife, Pat, to whom the book is dedicated, died in …

The Evolution Of Dystopian Literature In 9 Books

The meaning of the word <i>dystopia</i> has changed since British MP John Stuart Mill first used it in 1868. Mill - who was also the first person in the history of Parliament, believe it or not, to advocate suffrage for women - coined the term to criticize the government's policy in Ireland: "It is, …

'The biggest problem in banking is measuring performance' | Joris Luyendijk

Today's interviewee shatters the illusion held by many bankers that they operate in a meritocracy. Often, it's a question of 'fit'<p>This is from today's interviewee Kilian Wawoe, who worked in human resources at ABN Amro bank for 12 years.

'The sort of people you would want to work in a bank are being driven away' | Joris Luyendijk

A group financial reporting manager gives her perspective on banker-bashing, the 'too big to manage' question and external auditors<p>Is banker-bashing actually counterproductive?<p>Here's an interesting thought for all you banker-bashers out there. Today's interviewee was trained as an accountant and …

The New German Question

There is a new German question. It is this: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally …

Watch 6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

Like a magician, Berndnaut Smilde conjures up miniature indoor clouds.<p>Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde …

Recon Jet review

The Recon Jet isn’t just a pricey pair of glasses. It’s also a bike computer, GPS, camera and a smartphone and social media interface. …

Wagner and the Jews

Perhaps no other composer in history sought to combine such obviously incompatible elements in his works. The qualities that make Richard Wagner’s …

Onrust in advocatuur: 10 trends

Door Erik Jan<p>in Blog<p>0<p>De advocatuur krijgt het voor de kiezen de komende tijd. In deze sector leek het betrekkelijk rustig, de crisis bleef lang …

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Don't be fooled by the false economic recovery

After five years of unemployment, government deficits and financial struggle, every American wants to call it a recovery and call it a day. That's …

How to make the most of this banking blog

Welcome! On offer here are over 70 interviews with people in or around finance, plus around a dozen wrap-up articles.<p>If you are a financial insider …

Ex coke-snorting, gambling-addicted broker: 'It was the natural environment to unleash my inner beast'

"These aren't junkies huddles under railway bridges begging for loose change, but their entrapment is no less acute – quitting is as hard for a …

Fleetwood Mac Extend Tour

Fleetwood Mac are currently in the middle of a mammoth tour, which follows the release of their <i>Extended Play</i> EP. The band has now added Australian dates to the list, which follows a stint in the U.K. and Ireland, and promise to unveil details of New Zealand shows soon, according to Billboard. Check …

Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Animated Graphical Score, 1/2

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Stoner

• <b>Auteur:</b> John Williams<p>William Stoner wordt aan het einde van de negentiende eeuw geboren als zoon van een arme boerenfamilie. Tot groot verdriet van zijn ouders kiest hij voor een carrière als docent Engels. Hij wijdt zijn leven aan de literatuur en aan de liefde - en faalt op beide fronten. Zijn …