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How Archival Fiction Upends Our View of History

Realist historical fictions, with the rustling demands of their costumes and their period-appropriate speech, often depend on painstakingly described physical veracity, sensory believability, to steep a reader in the past. While not necessarily factual, such works say: This really occurred, and now …

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25 Books By Black Authors From 2015 You Need To Read

These books are so necessary.<p>This year was filled with thought-provoking, page-turning, nail-biting and "aha" inducing literature.<p>From fiction to non-fiction, there were some undoubtedly moving books by black authors that deserves a spot on everyone's bookshelf or Kindle. The poignant words of …

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We spoke with the costume designer for 'The Martian' to see just how realistic those fashionable spacesuits really are

<b>That's why Janty Yates, a costume designer for Ridley Scott's movie "The Martian," worked directly with NASA to create spacesuits used in the film.</b><p>"Of course we made a film rather than sending people to space," Yates joked to Tech Insider.<p>The story follows Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets …

Helmets

11 Tips For Finally Starting Your Own Sketchbook, And Sticking To It

It was artist Paul Klee who said, "A drawing is simply a line going for a walk." His quote aptly captures the simplicity of sketching -- an art form so beautifully uncomplicated it requires only a piece of paper and a writing utensil. You don't have to be a successful early 20th century painter to …

Minimalist Children's Book Covers Test Your Knowledge Of Kid Lit

Take the quiz to see how well you know classic children's books.<p>A new series of children's book cover designs is testing readers' knowledge of classic kid lit and encouraging a love of reading.<p>The children's book subscription service Bookroo created around 100 posters that reimagine classic kids' …

Do EL Doctorow's novels tinker too much with the truth?

The Book of Daniel has drawn criticism for playing fast and loose with history. But should fiction remain rule-free, or does its power entail a responsibility to be accurate?<p>El Doctorow had a rule for writing. “I have to feel that I’m transgressing,” he told numerous interviewers. “The only time …

Salma Hayek on Donald Trump and the GOP: ‘America Is Not a Reality Show’

The Oscar-nominated actress opens up about her new film Septembers of Shiraz, why Trump’s GOP has her worried, and how it’s women who will save the …

When It Comes To Book Sales, What Counts As Success Might Surprise You

Whenever you read about book awards you hear they help boost sales. But what you might not know is just how much those sales need boosting. Two prestigious awards announced nominees this week; in the U.K. the Man Booker unveiled its short list and in the U.S. the National Book Awards announced its …

John Banville on the Utter Mystery of Writing

When John Banville was a teen-ager, he wanted to be a painter. Banville was born and raised in Wexford, Ireland, and on weekends his mother would take him into Dublin to go to Combridges, a bookstore that doubled as an art-supplies shop. Along with an easel and paints and brushes, he insisted on …

Literature

Word up: The secret story of Scrabble

Obama and the British Royal Family play it, and its fans are some of the world’s most devoted. So why did the word game almost fail to take off? Hephzibah Anderson has the answer.<p>Fancy a game of Lexiko? Or how about Alph? Appropriately enough for a word game, it was only when Scrabble acquired the …

Board Games

Margaret Atwood: ‘People bond to the books. Nobody wants my shoelaces’

The writer, 75, on scary parties, dystopian fiction and being short<p><b>People see my head on a book and attach a tall body to it.</b> The image of somebody that you have accorded status to in your mind is a large one; the Greeks always made the gods quite tall. I’m short. Shorter than you think.<p><b>I threw</b> …

In New Memoir, Mindy Kaling Has More To Say On Life, Love And Showbiz

Actress and writer Mindy Kaling has had an accomplished career, from her role as the vapid Kelly Kapoor on <i>The Office</i> to creating and starring in her own show, <i>The Mindy Project</i>.<p>But don't call her "seasoned."<p>"Seasoned means old," she tells NPR's Arun Rath.<p>Kaling, of course, is young — and busy. …

Daily hits and misses in pop culture

Does The Martian get lost in space?

Our critic reviews the Matt Damon blockbuster

Lost in Space

Alice Hoffman: ‘For me, reading and magic always went together’

The author of Practical Magic and other acclaimed novels discusses her interest in escapism and her new book about Camille Pissaro’s mother

7 books to read before you quit your job

You have a great business idea. You have a passionate need to escape cubicle life. You even have an outstanding work ethic and a healthy dose of risk tolerance. You're all set to quit your gig and be an entrepreneur — except for one thing.<p>You don't have an MBA. Or any idea really about the nuts and …

Self-employment

Did George R. R. Martin Sorta Predict the Future of the NFL 40 Years Ago?

The author's 1975 short story "The Last Super Bowl" predicted that simulated games would destroy the league. Instead, simulations made the NFL even bigger.<p>Millions of people will tune in tonight as a new NFL season kicks off, but the transgressions of the past hang over the league like the hordes …

21 Must-Read Fall Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>21 Must-Read Fall Books<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

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25 Books Every Man Should Read

Make it a drinking game.<p>Literacy is hot. Like CrossFit. Remember this Instagram account? Next time you're caught in a random girl's iPhone lens, make sure you've got your face buried in one of these puppies.*<p>* Burying your face in a puppy is also a surefire way of ending up in a girl's Instagram …

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The Literary Salon And How To Have One

March 12, 2015 | By Judy Pollard Smith | 6 Replies More<p>A literary salon is all about exploring the riches of one’s heart.<p>Contrary to what I have …

The Future of Books Looks a Lot Like Netflix

Struggling against plunging prices and a shrinking audience, book publishers think they've found a compelling vision for the future: magazines.<p>Today, …

Watch a Crash Course About the History of Vodka

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You Can't Avert Your Eyes

<b>Teju Cole</b> is a novelist, essayist, photographer, art history teacher, and Twitter aphorist. He approaches each of these roles as an amateur. This is …

Ask Anything: Can Insects Get Fat?

Yes, but they never lose that slender figure.<p>Some initial work on chubby bugs occurred in the early 1960s, when a Florida entomologist started publishing research on obese mosquitoes. When he fed the wild-caught flies by hand (“by easing the proboscis into a micropipette”), he found that he could …

Diets

Photographer's Eye - Bearings

Since the first photograph was taken in 1826, it’s estimated that we’ve snapped 3.5 trillion photos – more than 4 billion of those will be in this …

Here’s Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ like you’ve never heard it

Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” is now 20-years-old, and though many bands have attempted to cover the song, it’s not an easy one to master.<p>Kawehi, a …