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Being Christopher Hitchens

The author and controversialist Christopher Hitchens has cancelled all appointments and begun chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer of the …

Christopher Hitchens: the New Statesman years

Friends and colleagues recall how Christopher Hitchens bagged his dream job as a staff writer at the<p>When I interviewed Christopher Hitchens for the</i> …

Hitchens delivers one of his best hammer blows to cocky audience member

“Never be afraid of stridency”: Richard Dawkins’ interview with Christopher Hitchens

Is America heading for theocracy? How worrying is the rise of the Tea Party? Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins discuss God and US politics.<p><i>The</i> …

Religion

You, Too, Can Visit Luke Skywalker’s Island Of Solitude

(<b>Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.</b>)<p>On an uninhabited island 6 miles off Ireland’s coast is Skellig Michael. This former home to a Christian monastery in the 1500s and long-time home of Luke Skywalker — who used the island to look inward and think about stuff like his dad …

If Only These Deleted Scenes from The Force Awakens Had Made It In

I’ve got good news and bad news. First, the bad news: J.J. Abrams doesn’t plan to release an extended edition of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. The …

23 Things To Look For When You See Star Wars: The Force Awakens Again

We’ve already told you seeing <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> again is probably a good idea. We’ve also given you lots of questions to ponder once you …

Disneyland is making a 'Star Wars' land

In order to make way for its new "Star Wars"-themed land in the park it will close several attractions in January 2016.<p>The Los Angeles Times reports Disneyland will shutter several of its attractions in Frontierland starting January 10 including Big Thunder Ranch, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, and …

Walt Disney Company

There was a 'Star Wars' made-for-TV movie you've never heard of — starring only Ewoks

In 1984, the world got a "Star Wars" TV movie called "Caravan of Courage." It was a year after "Return of the Jedi," and long before the prequel trilogy and this year's "The Force Awakens."<p>"Caravan of Courage" focused almost entirely on Ewoks, and even seemed like a nature documentary on them at …

In a warehouse far, far away, the galaxy's top Star Wars collector holds court

Photograph: Will Whipple for the Guardian<p>Steve Sansweet will take you on a tour of his collection for $60.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/5303fb53c803240411e354ce322fb65e1b0baa09/0_79_5168_3103/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Will Whipple for the Guardian<p>Happy birthday: Pester’s wife Margaret gets to …

This short story may reveal the secret of how Kylo Ren ended up with Darth Vader's helmet

Lucasfilm<p><b>Warning: There are some spoilers ahead!</b><p>After seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," I compiled together a bunch of big questions left …

RANKED: Every character in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' from best to worst

What really makes "The Force Awakens" work so well, at the end of the day, are the characters — some we've grown up watching and others we're meeting for the first time but who've already left an indelible mark.<p>Here we analyze all the characters in the movie and rank them, moving up to the best.<p>It …

See what The Empire Strikes Back trailer would look like if it came out today

It's a testament to the enduring visual design of the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy that in order to make "modern trailers" for <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>and <i>Return of the Jedi</i>, all YouTuber Tom F had to do was employ some clever cuts and overlay the haunting music used in <i>The Force Awakens</i>' trailers. The …

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

27 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' questions answered by the novel

<b>Warning: If you're one of the five or 10 people in America who still haven't seen The Force Awakens, you probably shouldn't read this.</b><p>While <i>Star Wars:</i> …

The closed circle: Why being wrong is so useful

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.Fyodor DostoevskyA closed circle argument is one where there is no possibility of …

Philosophy

Are Races “Real”? - The Philosophers' Magazine

Races are real, they are not real, and they are conventions -- at the same time!<p>Are you Black, Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian? What does that question …

Does Trying to Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?, by Adam Grant

As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and …

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

In medieval Europe, the Bible--as interpreted by Church--was king. Rather than cherishing their pre-Christian inheritance, many feudal lords branded classical philosophy, especially "pagan" texts, heresy. Skies billowed with smoke--fueled sometimes by heretical works, more often by the mangled …

Your visual guide to 2017 Formula 1 car changes

The guys over at <i>Motorsport.com</i> have put together a rendering of what current Formula 1 cars look like compared to the ones expected in 2017. The rule changes taking place after next season are intended to make the cars faster and more challenging to drive, and enable more passing. We've lost track …