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Get ready for Star Wars: The Force Awakens by watching these 'anti-cheese' edits of the prequels

Midichlorian references: Gone. So are those stupid Neimoidian voices.<p>With less than a week until the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you may be readying yourself by rewatching the movies that preceded it. Whether it's canonical order, order of release or the "Machete order," if your …

Remembering the Mysterious "Vela Incident" 36 Years Later

Lots of People Think Complete Nonsense Is Profound, Study Finds

People are incredibly receptive to meaningless buzzwords, according to a new study in the journal <i>Judgment and Decision Making</i>. Yes, the vast majority …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 8 big questions

Unless you’ve been hiding under a (George Lucas special edition) rock for the past year, you’re probably aware that the seventh instalment in the Star Wars saga, JJ Abrams’s The Force Awakens, is released in the UK next week.<p>To help pass the time between now and next Thursday, we’ve compiled a list …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Desert Island Discs: 22 great guests

The instantly recognisable tune of By the Sleepy Lagoon (composed in 1930 by Eric Coates and with added seagulls) sounded for the 3,000th time in 2014 as the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs reached a magnificent milestone. Royal Navy test pilot Eric Winkle Brown was the landmark guest in a …

Elvis Presley

The World's About to Go Wild for the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Williams Shakespeare and the whole planet is about to come down with a terrible case of Bard fever. …

THE LIFE OF SAUL BELLOW by Zachary Leader

The author of <i>The Life of Kingsley Amis</i> (2007) returns with the first installment of a two-volume biography of Saul Bellow (1915-2005), winner of the …

Literature

The Year Shakespeare Wrote Lear

Scholar James Shapiro's new book looks at Shakespeare's great tragedy through the lens of current events in the year 1606.<p>Shakespeare scholar James …

William Shakespeare

Paris Review - Angus Wilson, The Art of Fiction No. 20

Interviewed by Michael Millgate<p>Issue 17, Autumn-Winter 1957<p>Sketch by Rosalie Seidler, 1957.<p>A London apartment in Dolphin Square, just downriver from Chelsea. Dolphin Square—and this came as something of a surprise—is a huge block of service apartments, with restaurant (where we ate lunch), indoor …

Literature