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Poet Rupi Kaur: 'Art Should Be Accessible To The Masses'

Rupi Kaur has been called the "pop star of poetry." She's 24; she emigrated from India to Canada when she was 4. And she's famous for the raw, minimalist poems she posts on Instagram for her 1.6 million followers.<p>But social media and poetry don't always seem to go together — Kaur's been criticized …

From The Second Sex to The Beauty Myth: 10 of the best feminist texts

<b>The Second Sex by</b> Simone de Beauvoir (1949)<p>To ask what influence this book had on gender politics is akin to wondering what the sun ever did for the earth. The answer? Everything. Today, <i>The Second Sex</i> is still hailed as the mothership of feminist philosophy. “One is not born, but rather becomes (a) …

Feminism

Mein Kampf: Eine Kritische Edition review – taking the sting out of Hitler’s hateful book

How do you solve a problem like <i>Mein Kampf</i>? Since 1945 the solution in Germany has been to prevent the printing of it. The presence of millions of legacy copies, combined with the liberty of the internet, meant that this unofficial ban was always imperfect. The symbolic nature of the book, however, …

World History

Flowstate is a writing app that will delete everything if you stop typing

Terrifying, risky, and strangely effective<p>Flowstate is billed as the "most dangerous app." It’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to it. The software is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on …

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.<p>I simply refused. I had put the plot on the page and given birth to the characters, and in my view these were so set in stone, I might as well …

'It's frankly sickening': Sydney band the Presets call for Australia Day to be moved

Notable speeches by Indigenous Australians: 'We refuse to be pushed into the background'<p>Read more<p>A Facebook post by the Presets calling 26 January the “cruelest of anniversaries” has gone viral. The Sydney band have suggested other dates which Australia Day could be moved to, including the …

Australia

First UK festival dedicated to black and minority-ethnic writers to debut next month

The UK’s first books festival dedicated entirely to writers of colour “that has eschewed any panels on diversity” is set to make its debut in February, in an attempt to “empower ... these voices that are so often silenced in the literary mainstream”.<p>The concept of Bare Lit, which will take place in …

Man Booker Prize

Student captures people’s expressions after being told they’re beautiful

What Should Authors Expect to Earn?

A funny thing about authors: they're not a modest bunch. Even the most humble, down-to-earth authors I know have wild expectations about the potential their book has to be a best-seller; to earn out; to change their life. I get it. A lot of authors pin their dreams on their books, and there's …

12 Famous Writers Told Us About The Book They're Most Thankful For

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the books Junot Díaz, R. L. Stine, John Green, Colum McCann, Rainbow Rowell, and more of your favorite authors are grateful for.<p><i>In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked writers we love to tell us about the book they're most thankful for. Here's what they had to say:</i><p>To learn …

Oprah Winfrey: How I make it work

I function very well on five-and-a-half hours of sleep. Anything less than that, I notice a lack of focus, a listlessness, a waning energy. If I do two or three days of that in a row, I’m no good. I’m literally just sitting at my desk and I can’t remember where I put anything.<p>My body wakes up …

7 ways to nurture creativity

As a creative person at a startup or larger company, it feels surreal to do what you love and belong to a team that’s pursuing a worthwhile endeavor.<p>Chances are, you were hired because you possess the traits of ownership, autonomy, creativity, and grit. Owning your output, shipping on time, and …

Bangkok’s best street food: a guide to dishes and districts

The world of Thai street food can be an exciting, if occasionally bewildering, place. Bangkok can provide intrepid diners with hours of culinary exploration, but that’s provided they know where to go. Here is a guide to the best neighbourhoods for food-on-the-go in the Thai capital.<p>Chinatown<p>No …

Food & Dining

People’s secret confessions and existential crises are on display in a UK train station

If the success of anonymous messaging has shown us anything, it’s that people have a <i>lot</i> to get off their chests.<p>A new art project at a train station in Brighton, UK, is taking anonymous confession to a wider audience—prominently displaying user-submitted secrets on a digital screen in the station’s …

Existentialism

Feeding fussy kids: top five ways to get them eating better food

No matter if you’re a top chef or a reluctant home toast-burner, every cook in the kitchen knows that the toughest critics are the ones under four feet tall. Feeding children can be a hard road, but there are plenty of ways to smooth out the bumps. Here are my top five tips for feeding fussy …

Top Chef

White poet used Chinese pen name to gain entry into Best American Poetry

Controversy has enveloped the prestigious Best American Poetry anthology after it emerged that a white poet had been included in the selection after adopting a Chinese pen name – and that Yi-Fen Chou’s poem was kept in the much sought-after lineup even after the author told editors his real …

Literature

Nigel Slater’s chickpea and nectarine couscous recipe

The recipe<p>Peel and dice 1 red onion and put it into a small bowl with 3 tbsps of red-wine vinegar. Set aside for 30 minutes for the onion to soften.<p>Put 500ml of vegetable stock on to boil. Put 250g of couscous into a bowl then, when the stock is boiling, pour it over the grain, cover and set …

Recipes

The European Migrant Crisis Is A Nightmare. Climate Change Will Make It Worse.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are seeking refuge in Europe, but millions more will be displaced as the climate warms.<p>The hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving in Europe or dying on the way to its shores could be a harbinger of things to come, researchers and policymakers warn, because a …

To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Participation in sports by girls and young women has soared in recent decades — by 560 percent among high school students since 1972, and 990 percent among college students, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. Highly committed young female athletes now run track and play soccer, basketball, …

Postcards from Cuba: street life scenes of Havana – in pictures

Fifteen years after he first visited as a student of hispanic studies, photographer Matt Humphrey returned to Cuba earlier this year, eager to capture images of the country before the end of the Castro era

Cuba

Here's what your food would look like if it weren't genetically modified over millennia

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been tweaking the genetics of our favorite produce for millennia.<p>While GMOs may involve splicing genes from other organisms (such as bacteria) to give plants desired traits — like resistance to pests, selective …

Organisms

The Science of Analysis Paralysis: How Overthinking Kills Your Productivity & What You Can Do About It

When in doubt, Google it.<p>This is my first instinct whenever I’m faced a problem I don’t know enough to solve. As a Millennial, I can barely remember …

Be honest: you don't care if your pretty dress was made by child slaves

Yes, you care about children working in vile conditions. But you won't turn down a bargain<p>Slavery. It’s terrible, isn’t it? No doubt about it. Absolutely. It’s wrong and it shouldn’t happen and we should fight to end it wherever it exists in the world.<p>Oh, but look at this gorgeous dress I’ve just …

Compensation