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Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale's fairy godfather

Artist Sophie Diao has imagined scenes from three stories by the French author who collected fairytales such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty<p>Once upon a time, a search engine named Google decided to celebrate the 388th birthday of Charles Perrault, the French author celebrated for collecting …

A Painter Challenges the Traditional Privilege of the White Male Gaze

Jennifer Packer’s Breathing Room creates space between the subject and the viewer.<p>The emotional paintings of Jennifer Packer mean to challenge the male gaze and reject the politics of perception that traditionally define classical representation in figurative painiting. In the show <i>Breathing Room</i> at …

What lessons should we learn from fairytales?

As Google celebrates Charles Perrault today, fairytales still have a lot to teach us. But be careful what you choose to learn – particularly when it comes to children’s stories<p>If you love fairytales you should thank French author Charles Perrault who was born 388 years ago today, on 12 January …

Fairy Tales

Paddington through the ages – in pictures

Children's books: 7 and under,Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Paddington,Children's books: 8-12 years,Illustration,Art and design,Design<p>To celebrate the 90th birthday of Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear’s creator, we share illustrations by the artists who drew Paddington from 1958 …

12 Awe-Inspiring Poets To Read In Your Lifetime

Medicine for the soul.<p>Poets have a way of evoking life's most complex philosophies in just a few short lines. And falling upon the right ears, those lines can change lives.<p>The 12 poets below are seekers, mystics, naturalists and more. In their words, we hope you find beauty and meaning:<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>…

Anti-Education by Friedrich Nietzsche review – why mainstream culture, not the universities, is doing our best thinking

The long-misunderstood philosopher, a hater of nationalism but supporter of independent thought, disliked trends in higher education that are very evident today<p>Throughout his life Nietzsche thought of himself as an educator, but the time he spent working in higher education was not long and much of …

1 - Bangkok

The Thai capital became the first Asian city to top the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, edging out London, the previous No. 1, with 15.98 international visitors who generated an estimated US$14.4 billion. International visitor numbers rose a vigorous 9.8 percent in 2012. Bangkok's top …

5 hard truths about quitting your job to travel the world

Traveling long term, and embracing the career uncertainty that accompanies it, is no picnic.<p>I would know. In the fall of 2014, I gave up my cushy job as a magazine editor in New York to embark on a year-long excursion with my begrudging boyfriend.<p>Fast-forward 365 days, and we've explored 15 …

China landslide sparks gas explosion and leaves dozens missing

Nine hundred people evacuated before landslide struck Shenzhen, rupturing gas pipeline and leaving 91 missing<p>A landslide which swept through an industrial park in southern China buried more than 30 buildings in a sea of mud, leaving 91 people missing and triggering a gas explosion, state media has …

Scientists discover oldest words in the English language, predict which ones are likely to disappear

The oldest words in the English language include "I" and "who", while words like "dirty" could die out relatively quickly, British researchers said …

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

How Jane Austen’s Emma changed the face of fiction

The story of a self-deluded heroine in a small village, Jane Austen’s Emma hardly seems revolutionary. But, 200 years after it was first published, John Mullan argues that it belongs alongside the works of Flaubert, Joyce and Woolf as one of the great experimental novels<p>In January 1814, Jane Austen …

Literature

Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

1. Of prime necessity is life: a style should <i>live</i>.2. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of</i> …

Litchfield National Park

It may not be as well known as Kakadu, but many Territory locals rate Litchfield even higher. Our response? Why not visit both? The rock formations and the rock pools in cliff shadow here are simply stunning and Litchfield is smaller and more manageable than Kakadu. The 1500-sq-km national park …

National Parks

10 More Fascinating Photos That Look Like Paintings

In just one week, thousands of you shared this post, 10 Fascinating Photos That Look Unbelievably Like Paintings. That's why we decided to look back into our archives as well as scour the web, looking for more paintings that look uncannily like photos. Whether these photographers used a common …

Jackie Morris's snow animals – in pictures

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Children's books: 7 and under,Children's books: 8-12 years,Jackie Morris,Illustration,Snow,Animals,Art and design,Design,Winter<p>Pull on a cosy jumper and prepare to chill out with Jackie Morris’s glorious paintings of polar bears, snow leopards and foxes in deep …

Children's Books

How Émile Zola made novels out of gutter voices and ultra-violence

'London is in want of a writer like Émile Zola,” declared an 1882 editorial in this paper.<p>“Here in this town of splendid palaces, where wine flows like water, and every kind of luxury is present in excess, the grey morning light seldom breaks across the grim chimney-tops but some lost, forgotten …

Literature

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

Don't sleep on these bad boys.<p>In 2015, we were overwhelmed by the thoroughly kickass roster of new books on offer. We tore through some, and others we savored slowly. A few disappointed us, while many more thrilled us unexpectedly. Sci-fi, memoir, magical realism, short fiction, very (very) long …

15 habits that can make you happier

But advice on exactly how to boost your happiness is often not backed by science, even though there's a whole field devoted to studying it.<p>While everyone has different things that make them happy — a taco stuffed with cilantro is joyful for some and miserable for others — research on well-being has …

The best novels of 2015

Best books of 2015,Books,Fiction,Marlon James,Kazuo Ishiguro,Elena Ferrante,Benjamin Markovits,Anne Enright,Marilynne Robinson,2015 in review,Best books,Best books of the year<p>A truly vintage year for fiction with a strong Booker shortlist, dazzling debuts and a real masterpiece from an old hand

Books

Share your hidden art treasures with all of us, London galleries are told

With up to 90% of the nation’s art in storage, one regional curator accuses the capital’s museums of ‘cultural colonialism’<p>In the summer of 2013, a major exhibition of more than 60 oil sketches by John Constable and JMW Turner went on a mini-tour of the country, attracting crowds in Warwickshire, …

Poetry Daily: Upon the Tongue, by Gary Fincke

Poetry Daily only archives poems for 365 days from the date that they first appeared. Please visit the archive to view currently available poems.

15 Unforgettable Quotes From The Tao Of Pooh

<b>We’ve collected fifteen of the best, most unforgettable quotes from The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff to inspire and empower you. Enjoy!</b><p>1. “When you …

Salman Rushdie's book on Obama's reading list

Updated: November 29, 2015 11:55 IST<p>President Barack Obama and his daughters chat with a book shop manager in Washington. Photo: AP<p>Washington, …

Best books of 2015 – part two

From provocative novels, giants real and imagined, and new novels from past masters … authors and critics select their favourite reads of 2015

5 Laws of Happiness That You Might be Forgetting

Happy means so many different things to everybody. For a young woman, it may mean her boyfriend giving her an engagement ring. For a senior, it may …

Happiness

25 Life Lessons I’ve Already Learned

As I continue to learn life lessons, I also begin to wonder more about the quality of questions I’m asking. I know that I will never be done …

Happiness

Why Harry Potter Named His Son After Snape, According To J.K. Rowling

The magical reason is finally revealed.<p>J.K. Rowling must be using her Remembrall again.<p>For some reason lately, the <i>Harry Potter</i> author seems to finally recall that she left fans of the series with more mysteries than there are flavors of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. The author has been slowly …

Cruise holidays to book in December

The most common question asked by those who have never cruised is when to book their holiday to secure a good cabin at the best price. There is no easy answer to this. Unless you are tied to a specific date or have your heart set on a specific ship, there is enough capacity for you to be able to …

Ezra Pound: Posthumous Cantos edited by Massimo Bacigalupo review – fresh insights into an epic masterpiece

The previously unpublished pages of Pound’s great poem highlight its visionary grandeur<p>Ezra Pound’s life is worth several fictions, but one unlikely novel he turns up in is Elmore Leonard’s <i>Pronto</i>, where a Miami Beach bookie, Harry Arno, uses the money he has skimmed from his bosses to retire to the …