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Sunday Reading: Russian Literature

The world is a chaotic place—and few writers have grappled with its complexity as well as did Leo Tolstoy, who was born a hundred and ninety years ago today, on September 9, 1828. This week, we’re bringing you pieces on Tolstoy and five other great Russian-language writers. In “Movable Types,” …

Russian History

Online courses in data science that could help you snag a new job

Move over, software developers. The sexist job title award now goes to data scientists.<p>You might be thinking — there's absolutely nothing sexy about …

Data Science

57 Beautiful Final Lines In Books That'll Send Chills Down Your Spine

All was well.<p>2. "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."<p>—<i>Animal Farm</i> by George Orwell<p>Suggested by mollykwolchansky<p>3. "For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her</i> …

Literature

The most successful people I know are voracious readers. Here’s why

All successful people I know have one thing in common: they never stop learning.<p>That’s why so many CEOs, thought leaders, and politicians read so …

Success

What Does Immersing Yourself in a Book Do To Your Brain?

Only connect.<i>–E.M. Forster</i>The act of taking on the perspective and feelings of others is one of the most profound, insufficiently heralded …

York University

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 review – sex, death and decadence

In a self-portrait that he sketched in the 1930s, George Grosz is getting ready to paint a model in his studio. As she does her hair, standing with her back to him and us, naked except for a translucent green slip that half covers her buttocks, seamed stockings and shoes, he grins lasciviously, …

Art

10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)

As millions head abroad on holiday, our correspondents choose the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in<p>One of the many great things about languages worldwide is the sizeable number of words for which there is no real English translation. Often they tell us …

Anglophone

30 Examples of 30 Day Challenges That Will Change Your Life

Look at life like a series of experiments. Change your habits for 30 days and see what happens.<p>When it comes to self-improvement, two of the biggest stumbling blocks I see people encounter in my therapy office are a lack of motivation to get started and a fear that a goal will be too overwhelming.<p>I …

What Is Stoicism? A Short Introduction to the Ancient Philosophy That Can Help You Cope with Our Modern Times

The word “stoic” (from the Greek <i>stoa</i>) has come to mean a few things in popular parlance, most of them related directly to the ancient Greek, then …

Which Books Do Famous Authors Read and Recommend Most?

Everyone loves a list—especially a list of books. To that end, people (including certain people at a nice place called Literary Hub) are always …

The daily routine of 20 famous writers (and how you can use them to succeed)

Several years just flew by and there’s even fewer days left to live for — does it feel like you’re falling further and further behind your …

Stephen King

What to Know About Literature’s Newest Nobel Winner British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

This morning, the Nobel Prize Committee announced British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro had become the 114th recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. …

4 harsh truths that will make you a better person

Why is it that whenever someone says, “face the facts” you know you’re about to hear something you don’t want to hear? Probably because of a second …

Seven (or more) things you didn't know about your brain

The brain — the central "control unit" of our bodies, repository of memories and emotions. Throughout history, philosophers have believed that the …

The Brain

The FBI's Best Negotiator Says This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Influence Anyone

Hostage negotiators don't kid themselves about emotions. You shouldn't either.<p>Chris Voss may be the best negotiator in the world.<p>Voss spent more than two decades in the FBI, during which he worked on more than 150 international hostage cases. Eventually, he was chosen among thousands of agents to …

Owning Print Books Feels Different From Owning E-Books

Researchers from the University of Arizona and Towson University have found that the psychological experience of owning an e-book is significantly different from that of owning a print book.<p>The results of their study into ”consumer interpretations of digital ownership in the book market,” published …

Top Websites for Writers: 7 Websites to Fuel Your Creativity

<b>For the last two decades, we’ve scoured the web for sites to include in our annual roundup of the 101 Best Websites for Writers, a comprehensive</b> …

This Semicolon Quiz Will Test Your Punctuation Knowledge

Semicolons and colons and commas, oh my! A quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk.

Emoji

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

William Shakespeare

The 50 most commonly assigned works of literature at top US colleges

US students are starting their summer vacation, which means a brief respite from stacks of required reading. For college kids, that’s three months without any Sophocles, Milton, or Woolf.<p>The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an online database with 1 million university curricula collected by scraping …

University of Chicago

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85.<p>The writer Judith Thurman, a close friend, said the cause was congestive heart failure. Mr. Roth had homes in …

The greatest tale ever told?

Homer’s Odyssey has topped our poll of 100 Stories that Shaped the World. Natalie Haynes looks at why the epic poem has survived for millennia.<p>If any story can be considered the greatest tale ever told, Homer’s Odyssey has a better claim than most. Twenty-four books long, it runs to more than …

The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

William Shakespeare

7 Spine-Chilling SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s iconic collections of folklore and urban legends have been terrifying and enticing children since the 1981 …

Horror

2,300-year-old Chinese philosophy shows why we should all try to be a bit of mess

Recently, I started hanging out with a group of friends who seem intimidatingly on top of things. They respond to their emails—even non-urgent ones—politely and punctually, they freeze leftovers in neatly labeled Tupperware that they never forget about, and they sort their mail into orderly files, …

10 skills employers will want the most in 2020

Professional development: It's not always clear what to focus on. Should you go to a coding bootcamp? Invest in a social media marketing course? Attend a communications training? What should you do to help you excel in your current job - or prepare you for your next one?<p>According to the World …

24 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often in the Workplace

A recent CareerBuilder survey says 50 percent of employees would stay longer with their companies if they were recognized more frequently.<p>To pull this off takes a leader or colleague with the capacity to verbally praise, encourage, and motivate others.<p>I said <i>verbally</i> -- a lost art in the digital …

Employment

How to find the answer to ‘What career is right for me?’

Everyone talks a lot about how much of a struggle job hunting can be.<p>And while most people who agree that it’s a struggle are typically referring to …

Employment

The Best Biographies to Read When You Need a Little Inspiration

Along with the lazy days of summer come plenty of opportunities to finally dig into your reading list. When you've grown tired of light beach reads …

Books

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …