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Throwing Cold Water on the Latest Global Warming Prediction - MIT Technology Review

The world is getting warmer; we know this. But new claims suggesting that the temperature increase could be as high as 7 °C should be roundly ignored.<p>…

Climate Change

How the Novel Made the Modern World

And how the modern world unmade the novel<p>The Dream of the Great American Novel<p>By Lawrence Buell<p>Harvard/Belknap<p>The Novel: A Biography<p>By Michael Schmidt<p>Harvard/Belknap<p>Martin Amis once remarked, apropos of the idea of writing a book about America, that you might as well try to write one about people, …

The 'SNL' Cast Has A Size Problem

When "SNL" debuted in 1975 with its original Not Ready For Primetime lineup, its cast consisted of nine people. By that November, it was down to the seven actors most familiar to audiences. (Michael O'Donoghue was dropped from the cast but stayed on the show as head writer. George Coe was only …

How prisoners perceive—and misperceive—life in the outside world: http://tpr.ly/1cgw3p0.

The Dark Psychology of Being a Good Comedian

New research shows that the best humor is both a little bit wrong and a little bit right. Is there something about comedians that makes them better at subversion?<p>Immediately after 9/11, comedy ground to a halt. The <i>Daily Show</i> went off the air for nine days. <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, whose 27th season …

Art & Painting

The man being shot by movie billboards - in pictures

In his series Head Shots, artist Jon Burgerman poses in front of the gun-toting stars on violent film posters – then gets shot by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Craig

Portrait of Ezra Pound by his onetime paramour Sheri Martinelli on an envelop sent from William Carlos Williams to Pound, postmarked November 9, 1956. Read more from our Winter 2008 issue here: http://tpr.ly/1gNgT9l.

Colorful Watercolor Paintings of Radiant Trees in Nature

Ukraine-based artist Anna Armona creates colorful water paintings of various natural landscapes throughout the seasons. Her collection of diverse, one-of-a-kind paintings capture both the beauty and magic of earthy settings. Whether she is depicting the barren trees in the depths of a forest or …

Artist : Dario Puggioni © Posted by Humam

On Weirdness

By Nathaniel Rich<p>February 10, 2014<p>The best writing advice I ever received did not come from a writer and was not given as advice. And it was only …

Self-publishing: is it killing the mainstream?

In genre fiction, going it alone is beginning to look a much more dependable route to success<p>Brenna Aubrey self-published her debut romance novel At Any Price on the Amazon Kindle on 9 December 2013. One month later At Any Price had netted a total profit of £16,588. Aubrey's success is far from …

Looking back at Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses

<b>Geoffrey Robertson QC</b><b><br>Defended Salman Rushdie in the blasphemy case brought against The Satanic Verses</b><p>On Valentine's Day 1989, the dying Ayatollah Khomeini launched the mother of all prosecutions against Salman Rushdie. As with the Red Queen from <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, his fatwa was a case of sentence …

Jennifer Clement: 'I always have believed that literature can change the world'

Jennifer Clement talks to Gaby Wood about her latest novel and the sinister reality of human trafficking in Mexico<p>"This is an ugly parlour not a beauty parlour,” says the hairdresser in Jennifer Clement’s latest novel, Prayers for the Stolen. “I have to make little girls look like boys, I have to …

YA Novel 'When Mr. Dog Bites' Causes Stir

A new novel has prompted conversation about what language is appropriate in children’s books and whether books for kids carry age distinctions, as …

The Global Map of Homophobia

"Snow has also become a refrain in my reading. Snow fractures storylines and complicates characters. Snow forces writers to capture atmosphere and mood, and to uniquely describe a common event." http://www.themillions.com/2014/01/nobodys-ever-ready-snow-in-poetry-fiction-and-film.html

'Year of reading women' declared for 2014

From a small American literary journal's vow to dedicate a year's coverage to women writers and writers of colour to author and artist Joanna Walsh's burgeoning #readwomen2014 project, readers – and publishers – around the world are starting to take their own small steps to address male writers' …

What Do We Even Want From Book Reviews Anymore?

Slate’s Mark O’Connell has some issues with the Hatchet Job of the Year, an annual award the Omnivore has been giving out for three years to …