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10 Modern Coloring Books That Aren’t Just for Kids

Who says you have to be a kid to love a good coloring book? Not us, that’s for sure! When we read about <i>Outside the Lines</i>, the latest cool coloring book on the art scene, we knew it was time to round up a whole bunch of modern coloring books for folks who can’t resist a good set of markers filling …

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Are Grimm’s Fairy Tales too twisted for children?

Stephen Evans explores the twisted world of Grimm's Fairy Tales – bedtime stories complete with mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide and incest.<p>On the covers are the most innocent of titles: Grimm’s Fairy Tales in their English version or Children’s and Household Tales in the original German …

Arts and culture: The week in pictures

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

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Electric

“This is my kind of music. . . . I like the singer, he’s lonely and strange,” Neil Tennant sings over the house-y pound of “Vocal.” Pet Shop Boys …

The world’s weirdest languages

The best arts and literature reads, including far-out dialects, life on the set of The Wire and a sad sketch of ageing poet and critic, Clive James.<p>World’s weirdest languages<br>Tyler Schnoebelen | Idibon | 26 June 2013<br>If you rank the world’s languages by the structural features they share with other …

Turning modern art’s faces into real-life portraits

Artists have interpreted the human face to imaginative effect. What happens when a photographer tries to replicate their visions?<p>In the eyes of modern artists, the human form has become a design ripe for reappraisal. Exaggerating angles and skewing features, they have transformed our familiar …

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Reading the world in 196 books

Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned.<p>I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and …

Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

Fractured by internal conflict and foreign intervention for centuries, Afghanistan made several tentative steps toward modernization in the mid-20th century. In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the biggest strides were made toward a more liberal and westernized lifestyle, while trying to maintain a …

100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

4 adult novelists who made brilliant children’s book authors

<b>George Saunders (Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>For writers like George Saunders, YA and children’s lit are just other mediums for exploring universal themes<p>Courtney Sender<p>July 14, 2013 4:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books.<p><i>While there are some good poems which are only for</i> …

50 Places Every Literary Fan Should Visit

If you’re like us, and you hear that you’re in an area that is home to a place that has any little bit of literary historical significance, you have …

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An Astronomer Followed a Whim -- and Discovered a New Moon for Neptune

A reminder of how much we still have to learn about our own little corner of the universe<p>It started when Mark Showalter followed a whim. On July 1, the SETI Institute astronomer was studying -- as one does, when one is a SETI Institute astronomer -- archival pictures from the Hubble Space …