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No Nerves From 19-Year-Old Royal Wedding Cellist

If you were one of the millions of viewers who tuned into the royal wedding last weekend, you may also have been one of the many who were impressed by a young cellist.<p>Nineteen-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason played three pieces during the interlude in which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed the …

Royal Weddings

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Each month, NPR Music invites DJs from public radio stations across the country to share the songs they can't get enough of. May's batch of tracks blurs rigid genre lines and explore several different shades of the human condition.<p>This month's playlist features Shannon Shaw's nuanced juxtaposition …

Radio Industry

These Psychological Thrillers Will Have You on the Edge of Your Beach Towel

Summer, otherwise known as psychological thriller season, is almost upon us. Since we can't wait to hit the beach with a gripping read in one hand …

Books

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

The Best Travel Websites You've Never Heard Of

In the old days, vacation planning was practically a workout. To land a good deal, you had to keep your eyes peeled for newspaper ads and hit up …

US historian who spent decades in Afghanistan dies at 90

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An American historian who spent decades in Afghanistan working to preserve the heritage of the war-torn country died Sunday.<p>…

Afghanistan

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 75 – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1793)

The US founding father’s life drawn from four different manuscripts combines the affairs of revolutionary America with Franklin’s private struggles<p>Benjamin Franklin’s face – on banknotes, letterheads and civic documents – is an ageless icon of the American revolution, at once benign but cunning, …

Literature

A French Novelist Confronts Orientalism

The French novelist Mathias Énard is an unusual kind of regionalist. His great subject isn’t a small town or neighborhood but the vast Mediterranean basin, and practically everyone within it. Énard speaks Persian and Arabic, and he has taught at universities throughout Europe and the Middle East. …

Mohsin Hamid’s Novel Imagines a Miracle of Migration

Saeed and Nadia are from an unnamed city in an unnamed country. They are dating but unmarried. Nadia wears a long black robe but she doesn’t pray. …

The Hard Truth About Lost Jobs: It's Not About Immigration

Coauthored by <i>Chris Shipley</i><p><i></i>Few topics spike the ire of American voters like jobs, immigration, and trade, no doubt because the three are inexorably …

6 powerful books on war and rebellion

<i>Journalist and former Marine platoon commander Elliot Ackerman shares his favorite books about political unrest and conflict:</i><p><b>Man's Fate by André</b> …

Books

My Favourite Reads for 2016

As a another year draws to a close we reflect on what has passed. At this time of year, we see a plethora of lists that seek to capture the past 12 …

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West review – enthralling

Michael Scott’s novel approach to an overview of world affairs from 500BC to AD300 reaps rich rewards<p>Most traditional views of ancient history focus on the Graeco-Roman sphere; a main course of Pliny or Livy, perhaps, with a side order of Herodotus or Socrates. Michael Scott’s impeccably researched …

Ancient History

A Longing For Lentils, Or How I Learned To Find Home Where The Daal Is

I have lived in eight countries and 10 cities. I have never lived anywhere for longer than six years. But the one constant in my life, my anchor in a changing world, my defense against perpetual culture shock, is my pot of <i>daal.</i><p><i>Daal —</i> yellow, red, brown or black — is a staple across India. It is …

South India

5 Books Written by Authors in the Grip of Mental Illness

The joke that all writers are crazy for choosing a profession with so little glamour or guaranteed return on investment is an old one, but it’s not …

Literature

25 American classics everyone should read at least once

Miriam Tuliao, the assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us create a list of 25 American classics everyone should read. From John Steinbeck's masterpiece to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," these 25 titles are worth your time.<p><i>Do you think another</i> …

Four historical fiction books to read this summer

The Book of Harlan,<p><b>By Bernice L. McFadden</b><p><b>Akashic Books, 341 pages, $29.95</b><p>Author Bernice McFadden borrowed from the experiences of her ancestors for …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

How Boston dreamed of its future, a century ago

At the beginning of every year, as we collectively assess where we’re going and how we’ll get there, it’s tempting to imagine peeking into the …

Urban Design

How to create a second iTunes library for Apple Music and iCloud Music

Quit iTunes on your Mac.<p>Re-open iTunes and hold down the option key.<p>In the Choose iTunes Library screen, select <b>Create Library</b>.<p><b>Name your new iTunes</b> …

See photos from the Boston Ballet's re-creation of a 1970s Swan Lake photo on the swan boats in the Public Garden. Here are our favorite Instagrams.

Photos: Boston Ballet Reenacts <i>Swan Lake</i> Photo on Public Garden Swan Boats [Updated]<p>The company re-created a special moment from the 1970s.<p>By ·<p><b>Update,</b> …

Revisiting two standout neighborhood restaurants: Bergamot in Somerville and Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain

How is that place doing these days, anyway?<p>It is something a restaurant critic often wonders. After allowing a new business eight weeks or so to get …

How the CIA secretly published Dr Zhivago

<b>Boris Pasternak's famous novel Doctor Zhivago remained unpublished in the USSR until 1988, because of its implicit criticism of the Soviet system. But for the same reason, the CIA wanted Soviets to read the book, and arranged the first-ever publication in Russian.</b><p>In early September 1958 Dutch …

4 Ways to Reach Out for Mental Health Help Anonymously

Sometimes there's comfort in anonymity. Despite living in an era where people readily broadcast their innermost thoughts, not everyone finds it easy …

Sore Knees? You May Have This Common Running Injury

It starts with tightness on the outside of your knee and sometimes around your hip.<p>It starts with tightness on the outside of your knee and sometimes …

5 Phases of Endurance Training

5 Phases of Endurance Training<p>January 22, 2014<p>For the past few months, I’ve been working on my marathon coaching certification. [My first test is …