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A Second Season Of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Could Expand Beyond The World Of The Novel

<i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> has been out on Hulu for exactly one week. In that time, the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name has taken audiences on a harrowing journey into a dystopian nightmare. Think pieces have abounded and social media has been rife with half-joking correlations …

TV

The alt-right hates women as much as it hates people of colour

The alt-right was key in getting Trump into power. But its strain of misogyny differs in sometimes surprising ways to that of the traditional Christian right<p>One hundred days on from Donald Trump entering the White House with its help, what will the alt-right do next? The small, loosely organised …

Martha McSally

The Middle Ages by Johannes Fried review – something extraordinary on every page

A monumental history that shows the birth of the age of reason in an era of cruelty and folklore<p>In Robert Irwin’s superb novel <i>Wonders Will Never Cease</i> you will come across a character’s theory that the years between AD600-900 were mostly a fabrication, ordered by the German king Otto III, who …

Lessons in history from Donald Trump, who has “a very good brain” and is “one of the smartest people anywhere in the world”

Frederick Douglass, Andrew Jackson and “medieval times”: Our president, who is “like a smart person,” knows it all<p>President Donald Trump said something profoundly ignorant on Monday. I know that shocks you. He is, after all, a man who has told us over and over again that he is smarter than just …

32 books that will make you a more well-rounded person

There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't just stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies you've grown partial to. If you really want to become a more well-rounded person, you'll need to force yourself out of your comfort zone at the bookstore.<p>If you're not sure where …

Books

Renamed and shamed: taking on Britain's slave-trade past, from Colston Hall to Penny Lane

Buildings, streets and statues across Britain commemorate men who may have been philanthropists, but also owned and traded slaves. Now a number of cities are starting to face up to their histories<p>Edward Colston is, says Katie Finnegan-Clarke, “almost like a cult figure” in Bristol. There is a …

And Here We Are: Best Contemporary Dystopian Fiction - Signature Reads

Best-selling author and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers stunned us all in 2000 with his searingly honest memoir <i>A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius</i>, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In 2013 he published his tenth work of fiction, <i>The Circle</i>, a dark, fast-paced novel that addresses such …

Occupying Medieval and Early Modern Space

New book analyses different ways in which people inhabited, lived and moved around in the Medieval and Early Modern LandscapesOccupying Space in …

Women in Science

Trump weirdly says Korea was “part of China,” which is totally wrong and could enrage South Korea

Following his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping, Donald Trump made a shocking admission of ignorance to the Wall Street Journal, on the subject of China and North Korea: “After listening [to Xi] for 10 minutes I realized that…it’s not so easy.” Trump has been called out for having his views …

South Korea

Get to Know the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners By the Books

A Novel<p>In this blending of history and fantasy, the underground railroad is not a metaphor for the network of abolitionists helping slaves escape the south. It is an actual railway, built underground, that slaves can ride to freedom. But for Cora, the hero of Whitehead’s inventive, moving epic, a …

Books

Sony’s giant, $700 e-paper tablet is a great example of Weird Sony

Huge screen, huge price<p>For years, science fiction has promised that one day, technology will make paper obsolete. Instead of carrying around folders of dead trees and bulky books, we’ll use miraculous tablets instead that can store a limitless amount of information and knowledge in a single, …

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'Lend Me Your Ears!': Nine History Podcasts To Start Listening To Today

Friends, Romans, Bored Americans: lend me your ears. Whether you are in the car, breaking a sweat at the gym, or just walking to lunch–chances are that you are listening to a podcast on your way. Although the field of history has been relatively slow to catch up to the podcast craze, here is just a …

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11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

Turn these pages.<p>In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."<p>What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? …

27 Books Every Woman In America Should Read

These novels, essay collections, memoirs, histories, and more will help you understand why there is no feminism without intersectionality, why we should remember our history before we repeat it, and why Roe v. Wade is a lot more tenuous than you might think.

Why Trump Can't Let Go

He has a lot more than money wrapped up in his self-named business.<p>When Donald Trump stood up in front of a throng of reporters as well as loyal, cheering paid staffers Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York, there was the theatrical stack of folders of papers on the table next to the lectern, and …

Donald Trump

Holden Caulfield’s Christmas Prequel to ‘Catcher in the Rye’

Before J.D. Salinger’s iconic teenaged character ever appeared in the author’s most famous novel, he was the protagonist of a Christmas short story …

Literature

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

<i>Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours</i><p><i>Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower</i><p>— Riz MC, "Immigrants," <i>Hamilton Mixtape</i><p>In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion's …

Books

Michael Whelan Kickstarting First New Art Book In 20 Years

Michael Whelan is one of the most celebrated SF&F artists of all time.<p>So when he announced a Kickstarter a few days ago for his first new art book in …

8 brilliant books for Christmas

These are the best festive reads recommended by your favourite TV and radio broadcasters<p>Saturday, 26th November 2016 at 9:00 am<p>Jenni Murray – The …

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive …

The best history books for Christmas

The Somme and Shakespeare may have dominated this year, but less obvious subjects yielded richer rewards, finds Simon Heffer<p>History has become about anniversaries, which is making the genre predictable. Shakespeare and the Somme dominated 2016, and we prepare for the Reformation and the Russian …

Here are some addictive books to read now that it's too cold to leave bed for any reason

We just wrapped up our Thanksgiving festitivities, and that means the start of the holiday season is upon us. But between family gatherings, holiday …

A border expert told us why we keep building more walls and why they won’t work

In 1990 there were 15 border walls in the world — today there are almost 70.<p>Not only is the number of brick divisions increasing; the number of deaths at borders is as well.<p>Border restrictions have been in the limelight over the past year in the US, where President-elect Donald Trump has promised …

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The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

Books

The 10 most desirable rare books you might already own

Publishers never really know when a new author is going to turn into a literary star. For that reason, the initial print run of a book is small — …

Books

England Medieval Research Genealogy

<b>Beginning Research</b><p><b>Record Types</b><p><b>England Background</b><p><b>Ethnicity</b><p><b>Local Research Resources</b><p><b>Medieval Records</b><p>Searching for ancestors in medieval England can be …

Genealogy

Ancient Doggerland diet discovered

Research has found that some 8000 years ago freshwater fish was the most frequent contribution to the menu of the hunter-gatherers that roamed …

Archaeology

Brexit Britain is desperate for a decent genesis myth

All cultures need a serviceable national story. But Brexit Britain, birthed in still-steaming divisions, does not have one<p>We are entering a second dark age. But the light that flickers on the screens of our iPhones, from a five-second clip of a dog sliding on some ice, is blinding us to the …

Arcade Fire Debuted New Music at a Secret Show Last Night

Arcade Fire debuted new music to a crowd of about 175 at a private show in New Orleans last night, the <i>Times-Picayune</i> reports<i>.</i> The new material is …