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2014 Samuel Johnson prize longlist – in pictures

Two surgeons, an ‘accidental professor’ and a songwriter are among the contenders for the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction

Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2014

I love suspense and mystery novels, and I'm really excited about several that are set to be released in 2014 (along with my own, <i>The Vanishing</i>). Here's a list of some of the ones that I'm most looking forward to.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Suspense and Mystery Books I'm Most Looking Forward to In 2014<p>Follow …

All Asses Are Not Created Equal...

But in lululemon yoga pants, all asses are. It's thighs that are not created equal. Can you imagine the CEO of Brooks Brothers blaming large testicles for the pilling of their cashmere blend trousers? No, of course you can't, because that would never happen. But that's pretty much what the founder …

New 'Harry Potter' Short Film, 'The OMEn Chronicles' Continues The Story 15 Years Later

12 years ago today, on Nov. 16, the film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opened in theaters, starting an eight film series that would go on to gross more than $7 billion.<p>It has been over two years since the final film was released, but that didn't stop filmmaker Wren Weichman …

The Victoria's Secret catwalk show has nothing to do with fashion

Call me old-fashioned, but a fashion show without clothes is not my kind of fashion show. And I know what you're thinking, but it's not like the lingerie brand's show is about sex either<p>It is the most expensive catwalk show ever staged, but it has almost nothing to do with fashion. They're not …

Watch This Face Experience Aging, Death, Decay And Rebirth All In 75 Seconds

Ruby from Emma Allen on Vimeo.<p>In real life, the process of aging, decaying and being reborn could take decades -- even centuries. Thanks to the wondrous glory that is the internet, we can skip the boring parts and experience the entire cosmic miracle in 75 seconds.<p>London-based artist, animator and …

Electronic surveillance | The Economist

IN RECENT months revelations about the extent of American snooping—both on its own citizens, and on world leaders—have sparked a global debate. But …

12 Must-Read Books For Fall

From the true story of a woman's 15 months in captivity to Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month, these reads will amaze you.<p><b>Enon by Paul Harding</b><p>Paul Harding’s novel <i>Tinkers</i> won the Pulitzer Prize; its stunning successor, <i>Enon</i> (Random House), only raises the bar. In this strangely beguiling story, …

A Facebook video of her beheading - as well as the site's initial reluctance to take it down - caused worldwide outrage. Despite that, there appears to be little evidence anyone is investigating who the Mexican Jane Doe was, or the circumstances of her brutal death. The BBC goes in search of her: http://bbc.in/1bSU14e (Picture of graves in a poor Juarez neighbourhood)

Portraits of a ravaged land: incredible photography by Nick Brandt

East Africa

Is this where the 29% horse in your Tesco burger came from? Ten months after the horse meat scandal we investigate the biggest food fraud of the century – and ask, why has no one been held to account? http://gu.com/p/3jm86?CMP=fb_gu Warning: Some viewers may find some images distressing

Ballet Dancers Posing in Actual Situations in Photo Series 'Dancers Among Us'

The boundaries of what the human body can do never fails to amaze. This is precisely what is demonstrated in photographer Jordan Matter’s series …

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Depth of Field

<i>Aperture –</i> One of the first things we learn in our studies as photographers is about aperture. Not only does it control the amount light that passes …

How to Develop and Share Photos with Lightroom

Photographers have long favored Photoshop for editing digital images. Because the software is so powerful, many artists don’t much consider other …

Tutorials

11 Novels That Will Creep You the F*ck Out

Halloween! A horror writer's favorite holiday. Maybe you're thinking about the record of scary sound effects your dad used to play on the stereo before suiting up in his dashed-together mummy outfit and filling the crab-boiling pot with Hershey's Kisses and candy corn. Maybe you're remembering …

Project One: One Hour, One Camera, One Setting, One Dollar Per Person

While on a half vacation, half business trip to the Philippines, photographer Dennis Sapong decided to spend one free hour at the local public market …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Editors’ choice: The best of the bestsellers

1. <b>And the Mountains Echoed</b> By Khaled Hosseini (Viking Canada, $30)<p>2. <b>Joyland</b> By Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, $12.95)<p>Who says everything's online these days? Stephen King has decreed that his new novel, a house-of-horrors romp set in a 1970s amusement park, is to be available only as a good …

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any …

Literature

Stranger than Paradise

Tilda Swinton’s totally surreal fashion adventure. Click here to read Diane Solway's profile of the enigmatic actress, and here to read more about the historical estate.

Video: The Top 15 Features of Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

Photographer Jeff Cable has come a long way from his first few gigs shooting Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in San Francisco. Mostly sports-related, his résumé …