S M Sabbih Hossain (Ranggan)

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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

Poignant letters reveal Hemingway’s torment over young muse

Previously unpublished letters are to shed light on the passionate relationship between Ernest Hemingway and an Italian teenager 30 years his junior.<p>Hemingway was married when he met Adriana Ivancich but said he felt as if “lightning had struck”, and a friendship developed between them over eight …

Literature

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

‘Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of African and Asiatic savages and all the world’s rabble of thieves and lumpens.” Weber was referring to the millions of Indian, African, Arab, Chinese and Vietnamese soldiers and …

World History

I fell for the cult of masculinity—and the myth that men are aggressive by nature

“Are you safe?” The nurse asked me. “Are you afraid of anyone right now?”<p>I was in the doctor’s office. My fiancé had insisted on driving me there. He was my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, my secret abuser. He could go from gentle to furious in seconds, warm hugs giving way to shoves that left me black …

Domestic Violence

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Write What You Know’ is the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of <i>The Remains of the Day</i>, <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, and most recently <i>The Buried Giant</i>, and oh, also our newest Nobel Laureate in …

15 Life-Changing Fiction Books to Read When You Need an Escape

The only thing I enjoy as much as reading is coming up with a reading list in preparation for an epic (recreational) readathon. Seriously. So as any …

Books

JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

Last month, I brought to your attention Neil Gaiman’s rules of writing. He’s not the only accomplished writer who ascribes to a set of rules. Today, …

Creative Writing

25 of the highest-rated novels you can read in 5 hours or less

Books have been proven to make us more empathetic, equip us to deal with uncertainty and anxiety, and help to prevent cognitive decline through middle age into our advanced years.<p>With so many advantages — not to mention the fact that they give our eyes a much-needed rest from back-lit, digital …

5 Classic Novels Everyone Should Read

One simple truth about life is that everyone has a reading lane. Whether it’s romance novels, or books about troubled former Navy SEALs racing …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast'

When Sundar Pichai was growing up in Chennai, south-east India, he had to make regular trips to the hospital to pick up his mother’s blood-test results. It took an hour and 20 minutes by bus, and when he got there he would have to stand and queue for an hour, often to be told the results weren’t …

Sundar Pichai

Kazuo Ishiguro just won the Nobel Prize. Here’s a brief guide to his bleak, beautiful world.

From Never Let Me Go to The Unconsoled.<p>The 2017 Nobel Prize in literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born English novelist who writes lovely, lyrical books about trauma, repression, and survival.<p>Ishiguro’s novels range from the polished and conventional to the sprawling and incoherent, so …

Kazuo Ishiguro: Nobel prize winner and a novelist for all times

The Swedish Academy has got it right this year: the British author is audacious, controlled and utterly original<p>A few years ago in a panel discussion at a literary festival I was asked to name a recent British novel that readers and critics would still be talking about in a hundred years’ time. On …

Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of 'Remains of the Day,' wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist best known for "The Remains of the Day" and other works about memory's pain and illusions, won the …

Nobel Prize

16 TV Shows That Deserve a Second Chance This Fall

Maybe you couldn’t get into the pilot episode. Maybe you stuck with a show for a season or two, but you gave up on it after too many twists and …

MK Gandhi's most ‘indelicate’ gift for Queen Elizabeth (and other stories about Khadi)

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had called him ‘a seditious middle temple lawyer’ posing as a ‘half-naked fakir’.<p>The most iconic …

India

10 beliefs that are holding you back from success

But are they holding you back from success? Chances are, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.<p>But what beliefs are holding you back and how does the world actually work?<p>I've been fortunate enough to speak to some professionals who have made significant progress in their careers. They …

Are Hunter-Gatherers The Happiest Humans To Inhabit Earth?

There's an idea percolating up from the anthropology world that may make you rethink what makes you happy.<p>The idea is not new. It surfaced in the popular consciousness back in the late 1960s and helped to galvanize a growing environmental movement.<p>And now several books are bringing it back into the …

Anthropology

Facts don’t matter to Americans, and we should be worried

<b>Kellyanne Conway (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>There’s a lot of variation in how Americans decide what to believe<p>R. Kelly Garrett<p>October 1, 2017 11:29am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll bet that’s true,” before you had all the facts? Most people …

Critical Thinking

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …