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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Charles Dickens and his family home

Louisa Price, curator of the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street in London, shares seven lesser-known facts about Dickens and the family home …

Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People

What does it mean to be “cultured”? Is it about being a good reader, or knowing how to talk about books you haven’t read, or having a general disposition of intellectual elegance? That’s precisely the question beloved Russian author <b>Anton Chekhov</b> (January 29, 1860–July 15, 1904) considers in a …

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

Literature

Photos: What Syrian refugees carry in their bags as they leave their lives behind

When Syrian refugees flee their war-torn country, they can bring only a small selection of belongings with them. Large suitcases won’t fit on the tiny boats that are overloaded with people, and so asylum-seekers travel with the few possessions they need the most.<p>But of course, what a person needs …

International Rescue Committee

Study: How experiencing awe transforms the way you treat the people around you

From the researchers that brought you the conclusion that money makes people meaner comes a new paper: Having an awesome experience makes people nicer.<p>“Awe has an important collective function,” says Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Irvine, and the lead …

Psychology

Good music always makes your heart beat faster

Labelling certain music as "good for the heart" is typically simplistic science. We should listen to the music we enjoy for a truly invigorating experience<p>As if there weren’t enough good reasons to listen to music, news has just come from the medical world that music is good for the heart. Research …

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25 Graphic Novelists Talk About Their Favorite Children’s Books

This week is the 96th annual Children’s Book Week and, for the first time, they are making comics a focus. For the week's Children’s Choice Book …

Books

Fantastic words with no easy translation in other languages

<i>Warmduscher</i>, in German, refers to a Goldilocks-like person who only takes warm showers, implying that he is a bit of wimp. <i>Gurfa</i>, in Arabic, is the amount of water than can be held in one hand. <i>Nunchi</i>, in Korean, is the art of listening and gauging another’s mood.<p>We have all met these people or felt …

Language

The civil war for books: where is the money going?

(This is a transcript of a speech given at this year’s London Book Fair:) - Over the course of the last few years, it has come to feel that we bookish types are stuck in our very own world war one re-enactment, in trench warfare over where the money lines are drawn. The skirmishes in the global …

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Olivia Colman: “I immediately knew I would marry him”

<b>I was never very good at school and used to dread going.</b> It never came easy for me. I always felt: there must be something else. Then at 16 I had my …

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Dylan Moran interview: "I loathe the church"

<b>I’d tell my 16-year-old self not to take everything so seriously.</b> I’m stunned when I look back at how monumentally important I thought everything …

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Why Birds Sing

In <i>How Music Works</i>, David Byrne cites some scientifically controversial theories suggesting that music is a spontaneous rather than adaptive phenomenon and birds sing simply because they enjoy singing. At the front lines of the joy theory of bird song is new-age philosopher and jazz musician David …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

Maurice Sendak’s Rarest Art: His Vintage Illustrations for William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence”

J.R.R. Tolkien famously asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children”. Decades later, <b>Maurice Sendak</b> (June 10, 1928–May 8, 2012) would come to echo this belief — and yet he remains one of the best-loved and most influential children’s book authors and illustrators of all time, a …

Read Isaac Asimov's never-published 1959 essay 'On Creativity,' written for DARPA

Back in the late 1950s, the proto-version of DARPA approached some of the top thinkers and sci-fi writers to think “out of the box” — and here’s what …