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As her reimagined version of Shakespeare’s Tempest is released, the acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Maddaddam talks about how the world of 2016 is starting to look alarmingly like something from one of her books<p>Related: Margaret Atwood selects Tutul for Pen writer of courage award<p>On …

Literature

9 Hacks That Will Help You Get More Writing Done (and in Less Time)

Successful writers share their productivity secrets.<p>Even after writing so many words over so many years, I occasionally freeze up when I look at a blank screen (or page).<p>Sometimes, frankly, I just don't feel like writing.<p>It's a problem most writers face at one time or another.<p>Having interviewed …

Mentored by the likes of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston, photography students at the California School of Fine Arts explored everything from abstraction to documentary

Photography

The RSC has teamed up with the Southbank Sinfonia to revive some of the most compelling scores written for our favourite Shakespeare plays<p>What’s your favourite ballet music? For me, it is Stravinsky’s Firebird. Favourite film music? Bernard Herrmann’s scorching score for Vertigo. But your favourite …

When Saying “I Love You” Just isn’t Enough.

“I love you,” she texted, her words glaring at me on the lighted screen.<p>She is nowhere near, yet somehow she is never far away.<p>I have heard you. I …

Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse The Damage)

Stress is terrible for your brain. Here are seven strategies you can use to fix the damage and get your stress under control today.<p>We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our …

An Immersive Play Puts You Inside René Magritte's Surreal Life

Surrealists: They're just like us!<p>If someone on Governors Island asks you to buy the house of a dead surrealist, you’re not being duped. A group of artists is conducting a sort of seance to resurrect the ghost of René Magritte during each of the remaining weekends this summer. Set in an abandoned …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Top 50 Netflix movies available now

There are some brilliant award-winning, genre-changing, thought-provoking movies streaming right now on Netflix – UPDATED<p>Struggling to find a movie …

Pulp Fiction

There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made

There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'building blocks' of storytelling<p><b>Prior to this study it</b> …

How to Survive Emotional Turmoil

You may find yourself swept away by your emotions when there is an accumulation of stress. The late Dr. David Simon taught that <i>stress can be defined</i> …

A Nobel prize nominee’s step-by-step guide to improving emotional intelligence

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How can we improve our emotional intelligence? What are the benefits?</i> <i>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of Nobel-Peace-Prize-nominated campaign and New York Times bestselling author.</i><p>Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as: The ability to monitor one’s …

This week marks 400 years since the death of our national poet. And yet his characters, the worlds he created, the thoughts he expressed – some raw, fashioned in fire, some exquisite and turned in silk – are for all people and all time<p>Back in 2012, the British Library displayed a rare book that …

Literature

BU21 review at Theatre503, London

Stuart Slade is a playwright with the ability to reach elbow-deep into the darkest of pits and pull out the pink, wriggling strings of life. To find …

The Stunning ‘Krisha’ Depicts Addiction As A Living Nightmare

Viewers can be forgiven for thinking they’re watching a horror movie as <i>Krisha</i>, the stunning first film from director Trey Edward Shults, opens. We first see the title character (Krisha Fairchild, in an extraordinary lead performance) in close-up, framed against a black backdrop. Discordant music …

Horror

Book Review – ‘Hold Still’ by Tim Adler

Genre: Thriller, Suspense<p>Stars: 4<p><b>The Blurb:</b><p>“I photographed the moment of my husband’s death.” So begins HOLD STILL, a nerve-twisting thriller that …

A meditation teacher's 4 tips for calming down and refocusing in just 30 seconds.

Anxiety really sucks.<p>It was early 2015, and I was fresh off a seven-month silent meditation retreat in the Arizona desert. After months of meditating …

The First Hand-Painted Feature Film Brings Van Gogh’s Paintings To Vivid Life

Recently, Airbnb and the Art Institute of Chicago threw down a remarkable offering: the chance to do what many post-impressionist superfans have always longed to do and briefly live inside one of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. Anyone who couldn’t actually make it to Chicago to step inside the …

How I Turned My Broken Heart Into a Short Film Starring David Tennant

My boyfriend stares back at me, slack-jawed, slightly shaking, fear pulsing through him and rippling in micro-tremors across his face. I'm pretty …

These Rare Photographs of Marilyn Monroe Are Now on Display in London

Monroe's collaborations with photographers Milton H. Greene and Douglas Kirkland produced some of the most iconic images of her career.<p>Two legendary celebrity photographers are united in their mutual affinity for Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," an exhibition showing at The Little …

Jacques Rivette’s blisteringly real 13-hour film finally gets released on home video<p>Runtime ain’t nothing but a number, but it still has a big impact on how we think about cinema. We call anything under 30 minutes “short” and anything over an hour “feature-length” as though those terms weren’t …

#ChicEats: 10 Bucket List Restaurants Around the World

Our weekly column covers the chicest food and restaurants. From Stockholm to New York City, add these picks to your global itinerary.<p>Whether hyped by documentaries or highly regarded because of unmatchable views, some restaurants are worth planning an entire trip around—if you're lucky enough to …

Alice In Wonderland

Feeling Overwhelmed? Three Tips For Dealing With The Stress Of Being An Entrepreneur

It’s cliché to say that entrepreneurs wear many hats, but there’s no escaping truth. Entrepreneurs and business leaders have to balance the needs of business strategy and business execution alongside family and their personal needs. With so many aspects of life demanding equal attention, it’s easy …

Entrepreneurship

Sebastiano Magnanini was an art thief in Venice, tour guide in Cambodia and roadie for Prince in London – then he was found dead in the Regent’s Canal<p>Weeks before he died, Sebastiano Magnanini excitedly messaged his friends in London. He was coming “back to Blighty”, he announced, and planning to …

Crime