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21 Classic Opening Lines in Books

21 Classic Opening Lines in Books

How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

"Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime." An excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.<p><b>By 1964, just three years</b> after she …

Literature

13 Brand New Books to Read in April

The Best Independent Bookstores in New Jersey

While indies in the five boroughs have put on a brave face in the wake of closings in the last few years, New Jersey has blossomed, with myriad …

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

Literature

The 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics

From Charlie Chaplin's silent-film antics to quote-worthy parodies like "Airplane!," to the animated movies of the new millennium, comedy classics have taken many forms over the decades.<p>To find out which movies in the genre have gained the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews …

'As usual, words fail him': 20 great literary feuds

How to get ripped like Alicia Vikander did to play Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' — which she put on 12 pounds of muscle for

This time the studio is stepping back to present the origin story of Lara Croft, a young woman from a privileged family trying to figure out what to do with her life and eventually finding her calling as a thrill-seeking archaeologist.<p>Oscar winner Alicia Vikander takes on the role and, like Jolie, …

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

Why this bookstore is only stocking titles written by female authors

Nestled between kaleidoscopic graffitied walls on a blink-and-you'll-miss-it side street in east London lies a bookstore with a difference.<p>The shop, …

“Each of Us Has His or Her Own Camus”: An Interview with Catherine Camus

<i>LAST FALL, nearly 60 years after his death in 1960, Albert Camus again electrified the French literary scene with the publication of his</i> …

It Takes Many Kinds to Dismantle a Patriarchal Village

<i>STRANGULATION IS A FORM of torture that often comes at the hands of a misogynist. It’s mostly inflicted by men on intimate female partners. It’s less</i> …

The Great Gatsby or A Room with a View? 10 escapes inspired by your favourite books

To mark World Book Day, Chris Leadbeater proposes holiday ideas with literary merit.<p>1. The BFG<p>World Book Day (worldbookday.com) – the Unesco-anointed tribute to the written word taking place on March 1 – is a good excuse to take your children on a literary day trip. Why not set a course for the …

So You Want to Read Southern Gothic: Here’s Where to Start

Deep in the swampy backwaters of Kingdom Come, its richest resident, Thomas, shoulders the dual responsibilities of caring for his conjoined triplet …

The 30 Best Shows On Amazon Prime Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: May 24th</b><p>While Netflix features more and better <i>original</i> programming, Amazon Prime Video holds their own in that department, and they continue to beef up their offerings. As far as licensed content goes, however, Amazon Prime may hold a slight edge, thanks to owning exclusive rights to …

TV

For Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nearly 100, the Beat Goes On

<b>FERLINGHETTI’S GREATEST POEMS</b><br>By Lawrence Ferlinghetti<br>Edited by Nancy J. Peters.<br>144 pp. New Directions. $16.95.<p>ONE DAY WHEN I was about 14 or 15 and wandering the aisles of a bookstore in Southern California, my eyes were drawn to “Endless Life,” a collection of poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I …

Literature

25 Must-see Spots in North America According to a Man Who Took a 22,000-mile Road Trip

From remote surf towns to fern-covered canyons and massive glaciers, here are some of the most incredible sights the U.S. and Canada have to …

North America

The 20 greatest cultural holidays for 2018

Culture means very different things to different people. You might seek out peace and reflection in a museum or art gallery; the glamour and excitement of a night at the ballet or the opera; the romance of ruins; or the energy of Mardi Gras party time.<p>You might thrill to the idea of steeping …

'Genius: Picasso' Trailer: Antonio Banderas 'Loses Himself' as Artist (Video)

Who knew Pablo was such a badass?<p>Nat Geo took you into the life of Albert Einstein with its first season of “Genius” and now it’s about to spice …

Cryptocurrencies Explained, in Plain English

Everything you need to know about what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, and how they're valued.<p>By now you've probably heard about the …

Forget Bitcoin and Ethereum: Say Hello to Qtum

This business-focused blockchain developer aims to combine the best of bitcoin and Ethereum, with a twist.<p>This turned out to be a truly incredible …

Blockchain

He Wrote ‘A Gentleman in Moscow,’ and Likes Reading About Scoundrels in Los Angeles

<b>CRIME SPREE:</b> In 2017, no novel spent more time on the hardcover fiction list than “A Gentleman in Moscow,” Amor Towles’s elegant tale of a Russian count confined for decades to house arrest at the Metropol Hotel for writing a poem that displeased the Bolsheviks. Towles’s novel (his second, after …

Books

31 Book Passages That Made Us Cry In 2017

"We are a feather falling from the wing of a bird."<p>—John Green, <i>Turtles All the Way Down</i><p>—Elizabeth Strout, <i>Anything Is Possible</i><p>—Patricia Lockwood, <i>Priestdaddy</i><p>—Jesmyn Ward, <i>Sing, Unburied, Sing</i><p>—Angie Thomas, <i>The Hate U Give</i><p>—Mohsin Hamid, <i>Exit West</i><p>—Kamila Shamsie, <i>Home Fire</i><p>—Naomi Alderman, <i>The Power</i><p>—Victor …

Books

20 countries where English travels well

20 countries where English travels well (2017 edition)<p>USA TODAY<p>So you want to travel the world, but you're worried about your language skills? There's good news: Many countries around the world are quite accommodating to English speakers, and the annual English Proficiency Index by EF Education …

Language

Your guide to mysterious literary genius Donna Tartt

All fiction should be immersive, but reading a novel by American author Donna Tartt is like entering a parallel universe, constellated by sumptuous descriptions and erudite references, suspenseful twists and jolting turns, as well as characters so fully fleshed out that you mourn their absence long …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Bill Clinton

Taylor Swift Strips Reputation Down in Sirius XM Exclusive Performance

TAS Rights Management<p><b>The Sirius XM set included two songs from her highly anticipated album reputation and a tribute to the late Tom Petty.</b><p>The iconic …

Music

Saoirse Ronan Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Stunning Lady Bird Transformation

The Irish actress explains how she summoned Lady Bird’s titular American teen.<p><i>As award season approaches, Vanity Fair’s HWD team is diving deep into how some of this season’s greatest characters came together. Check back for more installments of the “In Character” series, which will run through</i> …

TV shows

Grey's Anatomy music supervisor picks her favorite songs from the show

The music of <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> is iconic. Over the course of the show’s 12-year run, the show has featured a meticulous and thoughtful soundtrack that …

Top 10 books about royal families

The most compelling books on royal families, for me, are those that entwine a gripping personal narrative with a national or international story and help to deepen our understanding of history. To appreciate what is at stake for the protagonists and how they make their choices depends on how …

Books