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Top Recommended Beethoven Music Albums

Beethoven music is everywhere, so for the beginner, which Beethoven music albums are worth purchasing? Here are six Beethoven music albums personally …

Piano

Arthur C Clarke at 100: still the king of science fiction

Born on 16 December 1917, Arthur C Clarke lived long enough to see the year he and Stanley Kubrick made cinematically famous with <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, and it seemed for a while as though he might see in his centenary too: he was physically active (he had a passion for scuba diving), non-smoking, …

Science Fiction

9 Terrifying Books That Aren’t Shelved as Horror

October is the perfect month for horror! But what if you’ve grown tired of everything the horror shelves have to offer?<p>To satisfy even the most jaded …

Top 10 novels about God

He doesn’t appear very often in fiction, but in these books – by authors ranging from Fyodor Dostoevsky to John Updike – his impact is almighty<p>God seldom features in fiction. Having been dispensed with by Enlightenment <i>philosophes</i> around the time the first novels were emerging, he must have seemed …

Literature

The best poetry books of 2017

Who reads poetry? It’s often accused of being a closed shop; writers speaking to other writers, ignored by the outside world. But with book sales booming, it’s time to set the record straight. In <b>Who Reads Poetry</b> (University of Chicago, £18) you’ll find essays by punks and politicians, a midwife and …

Mind Mapping for Condensing Material

Mind maps have a lot of different uses in modern-day knowledge work, and in this guide I want to highlight one very specific use that mind maps were …

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This list has been expanded into the new book, "Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but …

Así fotografiaba a las mujeres Kate Barry, la atormentada hija de Jane Birkin

"Mi hija mayor Kate es la que más se parece a mí", recordaba Birkin para el Daily Mail, "ella siempre tenía una polaroid en su mano y fotografiaba a …

Have I got novels for you: the best fiction of 2017

How can a novel – usually the work of years – keep pace with the escalating intensity of the news cycle? 2017 brought copious proof that it was doable; less that it was desirable. Would Winter (Hamish Hamilton, £16.99), the dazzling second instalment of Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet pegged to …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Descartes on Wonderment

“Wonderment is the first passion of all… Those without any natural inclination to this passion are ordinarily very ignorant.”<p>Looking back on his life, the elderly Albert Einstein located his most significant existential turning point in a single moment of wonderment when he was a small boy. But …

22 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They're Most Thankful For

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the books Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Franzen, R.L. Stine, James Patterson, Rainbow Rowell, Michael Chabon, Lemony Snicket, Chuck Palahniuk, and more of your favorite authors are grateful for.

Books

The Best Books of 2017 to Give to Anyone on Your List

As you rack your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, it's important to remember that even in our …

Best Books 2017

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me<p>Alexie, Sherman.<br>Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316270755. MEMOIR<p>Presented as a series of vignettes, some in prose and …

Books

Vladimir Nabokov's dream diary reveals experiments with 'backwards timeflow'

A 1964 diary in which Vladimir Nabokov recorded more than 50 of his dreams – ranging from the erotic to the violent to the surreal – is about to be published for the first time.<p>“Intensely erotic dream. Blood on sheet,” the novelist writes on 13 December 1964. “End of dream: my sister O, strangely …

Literature

The "Lord of the Rings" of Chinese literature is finally being translated into English

The world imagined by Chinese writer Jin Yong is one which celebrates loyalty, courage, and the triumph of the individual over a corrupt and authoritarian state—carried out by no less than heroes who fly through trees and deliver deadly blows to their enemies with a single finger.<p>It’s a world …

China

Roaring Books: The Must-Read Literature of the 1920s

In just a few years, the 1920s will be a hundred years in the past. This is significant, because that decade, while superficially celebrated in pop …

Literature

Why biographies can be as stimulating as great literature

James Atlas, the author of two much-noted biographies, has thrown a fresh light on the writing of lives in his thoughtful book, <i>The Shadow in the</i> …

Literature

The Wisdom of Trees: Walt Whitman on What Our Silent Friends Teach Us About Being Rather Than Seeming

A supreme lesson in authenticity from a being “so innocent and harmless, yet so savage.”<p><i>“When we have learned how to listen to trees,”</i> Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, <i>“then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an</i> …

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time: No 92 – The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1660)

One day in December 1659, a young civil servant and Cambridge graduate named Samuel Pepys went to the shop in Cornhill in the City of London, where the stationer John Cade sold paper and pens, and bought himself a paper-covered notebook too fat for his pockets and took it home to his lodgings in …

Literature

10 of the Best Autobiographies You Really Should Have Read By Now

Photo: Amazon.ca<p>1. <i>Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave</i><p>This 1845 autobiography by former slave Frederick Douglass is widely …

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Walking in the Footsteps of Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, bright and deep. In my mind, I am in early 20th century New England, and Robert Frost’s steps are mine. Walk past the birches …

Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon review – five women writers who changed the world

Lyndall Gordon writes with passionate intelligence about the literature she loves. Since she first published her book on TS Eliot in 1977, she has developed her distinctive way of weaving together the writer’s life and writing, in studies of Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily …

Literature

Why Should You Read James Joyce’s Ulysses?: A New TED-ED Animation Makes the Case

There may be innumerable moral and philosophical reasons why we should read certain books, hear certain symphonies, see certain paintings…. Those …

50 Classic Books to Read When It's Too Cold to Go Outside

There’s something about cold weather that makes retreating to a cozy nook in your home with a good book and a cup of tea so appealing. While there …

'I am dying but you are already a corpse': the 100-year-old multiple sclerosis diary that became a classic

One hundred years ago today, WNP Barbellion scrawled his final diary entry. “Self-disgust,” he wrote. Ravaged by multiple sclerosis at just 28, this one word was all he could manage, before his hand was too unsteady to go on. He had been recording his daily life – and, latterly, the daily …

Literature