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Whisper it quietly, the book is back … and here’s the man leading the revival

Bright lights, good coffee ... and great books (even hardbacks) are the key to injecting new life into bookshops, says James Daunt, chief executive of Waterstones<p>Tolkien’s myths are a political fantasy<p>James Daunt is a bookseller with a penchant for stories (<i>Anna Karenina</i> is one of his favourites), …

Bahrain convenes 'new-look' parliament

Bahrain's newly elected parliament has convened for its first session and the majority of seats are filled with new faces.<p>Bahrain's King Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa officially opened parliament on Sunday, telling its members of the importance of the role of the youth and to "concentrate on the …

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one …

Female breadwinners: why earning more can poison your marriage (but not in the way you'd expect)

With a glittering career and a house-husband, does the new breed of female breadwinner have it all? Or is she just paying for it all and feeling unappreciated?<p>Sitting in the bar of the Chiltern Firehouse, the London restaurant du jour, Wanda is complaining about the birthday present she got from …

Gangsters and Grifters of Chicago (PHOTOS)

A new photobook from the Chicago Tribune gives readers a look at never before seen photos of Chicago's famous underworld.<p>Chicago Tribune

Miss South Africa, Rolene Strauss, wins Miss World 2014 - CNN.com

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss waves to the audience after being crowned Miss World 2014. She's flanked by the first runner-up, Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar, left, and second runner-up, Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit, during the grand finale of the Miss World pageant in London on Sunday, …

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange review – powerful stories from ancient Arabia

An enchanting treasury of tales from the old orient is translated into English for the first time<p>Perhaps the saddest aspect of the current crises in the Middle East is that many now equate its culture with violence, barbarism and the oppression of women. Yet for hundreds of years, Arab science, …

The Paris Review

“The best training is to read and write, no matter what. Don’t live with a lover or roommate who doesn’t respect your work. Don’t lie, buy time, …

Al Jazeera correspondent dies in Syria | News | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera Media Network has announced the death of its Arabic correspondent in Syria, Mahran Al Deeri, while covering battles in the city of al-Sheikh Maskin in rural Deraa.<p>According to his family members, Al Deeri died on Wednesday while taking cover from government fire as his car hit the …

Malcolm Gladwell’s Plagiarism Problem

Is the New Yorker’s star writer—and author of The Tipping Point—guilty of plagiarism, as two bloggers suggest, or not attributing material to sources …

"Feminism" Is Back in Vogue

There is a new important documentary directed by filmmaker Mary Dore called <i>She's Beautiful When She's Angry</i> currently playing in New York City at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and opens in Los Angeles December 12 at the Landmark Nuart Theatre. There will soon be a national release. The film recently …

Feminism

Marginalia’s moment: Philip Roth, Don DeLillo and the joys of writing in books

It’s time to stop fetishizing books as sacred objects and start happily defacing them<p>Marginalia is having a moment. While many people consider it sacrilege to write -- whether with pencil or pen -- in the blank spots on the pages of a print book, there are also those who celebrate the practice. A …

Electric Literature’s 25 Best Story Collections of 2014

Year-end lists are always subjective and incomplete, but they are especially tricky for books. A dedicated film critic can watch every wide release …

Books

Neil Gaiman Reads Bad, Fake Neil Gaiman Stories

The American Public Media show, "Wits," asked its listeners to write their "poorest imitations of Neil Gaiman’s writing." And then they got Gaiman …

New Lava Lake Appears Atop African Volcano

Deep within a crater at the summit of one of Africa’s most active volcanoes, shrouded by clouds of toxic gas, a bubbling lava lake has sprung into …

Geophysics

The Golden Rules of Spices

There are few people as enthused by spices as Ethné and Philippe de Vienne. The couple has spent the last two decades traveling the world in search of spices to satisfy their exploratory palettes. And more than that, they wanted the inside scoop from the spice traders, chefs and cooks who know …

Spices