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How to cook the perfect vindaloo

The peculiar place of vindaloo, a fierily fragrant speciality of Goa in popular culture can be summed up by the 1998 World Cup football anthem of the same name, whose irritatingly catchy chorus references the curry no fewer than 11 times. As the Observer pointed out, its authors, the “prank art …

Onions

Morphine, mercenaries and cash: My secret Cold War mission in the Congo

My clandestine charge on behalf of the U.S. was to build a mercenary navy and defeat the Communist-backed rebels<p>Sometime in 1965, I landed in the Congo with cash stuffed in my socks, morphine in my bag, and a basic understanding of my mission: recruit a mercenary navy and suppress the Soviet- and …

War

Google Docs: You're probably only using 10% of what this free word processor can do

There’s probably a lot you already know about Google Docs, the simple-to-use and free word processor that debuted 12 years ago this month.<p>Files are stored in the cloud, so you can access your work from anywhere in the world, on virtually any Internet-connected device, and your docs are protected …

Google

Is the Next Nobel Laureate in Literature Tending Bar in a Dusty Australian Town?

Goroke, Victoria, a former stagecoach stop in southeastern Australia, pop. 200, is not the sort of place you would expect to host a daylong academic symposium. About five hours from Melbourne by car, the town has the feel of an evacuation nearly complete. Empty storefronts line the main street; the …

Literature

Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read …

Artificial Intelligence

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Pedagogy

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 …

Books

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working On Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare's Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

Creative Writing

Bill Gates Names His New Favorite Book of All Time: A Quick Introduction to Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now

How's this for a nice book blurb?<p>In a recent blog post, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates wrote this:<p>For years, I’ve been saying …

6 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP - Riveted

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. For some reason, I never wanted to pick up a book set …

Books

10 Unconventional "History Books" That Will Change The Way You Think About Everything

If you stayed awake through history class in high school, you probably remember learning a lot of dates and names. It's likely that you studied the …

Toxic Masculinity Stew

If you enjoy my cartoons, and can spare it, please support my patreon! A $1 pledge means a lot.<b>Transcript of cartoon</b>At the top of the strip, there’s …

Middle Age

School of Visual Arts Presents 99 Hours of Free Photography Lectures

FYI: Last week, photographer Dan Culberson flagged on Reddit a trove of free photography lectures available on School of Visual Arts' rich YouTube …

Photography

Our great reading crisis – what on earth is going on?

At exactly 11am on Tuesday a report placed under “strict embargo” was released, only to reveal the most devastating news yet on the state of schools …

Did the Cold War ever really end?

The Cold War is often thought to have died after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. But with relations between Russia and some western nations …

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

Nigel Slater’s steamed sweet potato and dal recipe

The recipe<p>Peel and finely chop 1 medium-sized onion. Warm 2 tbsp of groundnut oil in a shallow pan, add the chopped onion and cook it for about 10 minutes, until it is pale gold. As the onion is cooking, peel, roughly chop and stir in a clove of garlic.<p>Stir in half a tsp each of smoked paprika and …

Spices

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

Teaching

Roaring Books: The Must-Read Literature of the 1920s

In just a few years, the 1920s will be a hundred years in the past. This is significant, because that decade, while superficially celebrated in pop …

Yale Presents a Free Online Course on Miguel de Cervantes’ Masterpiece Don Quixote

Among the literary works that emerged in the so-called Golden Age of Spanish culture in the 16th and 17th centuries, one shines so brightly that it …

Literature

How the CIA Funded & Supported Literary Magazines Worldwide While Waging Cultural War Against Communism

Over the course of this tumultuous year, new CIA director Mike Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that he would move the Agency in a “more aggressive …

Jazz

The Philosophy of “Optimistic Nihilism,” Or How to Find Purpose in a Meaningless Universe

In one account of human affairs, an all-powerful deity rules over everything. Nothing can occur without the knowledge and sanction of the omnipotent …

Recipe: Spanish chicken stew

<b>Ingredients</b><p>30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil<br>8 chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks)<br>Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste<br>5ml (1 tsp) smoked paprika<br>1 …

Spices

The 25 best hip-hop protest songs ever

People were quick to call Eminem’s freestyle the best thing ever/ Here are 25 tracks that do it better<p>When Eminem released his freestyle as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards' annual cypher, it turned out to be a 4-plus-minute a capella tirade against President Donald Trump. He indicted the president …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

Writing

6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students

Interview with Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein ( transcript):<p><b>What does the word “study” mean to you?</b><p>Have you ever told your students to study for a …

Pedagogy

Find Out Which Cognitive Biases Alter Your Perspective

Cognitive biases can change the way you see everything, and often in a bad way. Fortunately, just becoming aware of your biases can help you overcome …

A historian says most science fiction has the same major flaw — except one legendary novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. — It's science fiction's job to entertain us, not sooth-say. Yet even older, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi works have predicted numerous technologies we now take for granted.<p>If there's one book or movie that best foretells what humanity could become, though, it's Aldous Huxley's 1932 …

Singularity

Sample Grad School Recommendation Letter by a Professor

Successful graduate school applications are accompanied by several, usually three, recommendation letters. Most of your graduate admissions letters …

College & University

Elumelu at Chatham House: 'The Pervasive Negative Narrative Around Africa is Our Continent's Greatest Challenge'

London —<p>Calls for urgent "reset of mindset" to attract global capital to drive job creation and reduce poverty<p>At a gathering of senior policymakers …