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Take this free course from Yale on the American novel

Like going to college without the student loans<p>Looking for a new way (other than Netflix perhaps) to unwind after work? You might consider taking …

Literature

The best and worst movies of 2016

KYLE SMITH: From a long-ago war to an animated allegory, an homage to humanity<p>The more movies sell themselves with spectacle and sizzle, the more it …

To Walk Invisible review – a bleak and brilliant portrayal of the Brontë family

Sally Wainwright’s portrayal of the sisters’ rise to fame and their brother’s battle with alcoholism shows her ability to chronicle the extraordinary challenges faced by ordinary people<p>Emily Brontë is telling her sister Anne a story she heard in the village, about a family, that might make the …

The 11 Most Underrated Movies of 2016

Although 2016 is a record-breaking year in ticket sales at the U.S. box office, that statistic doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, it’s the best …

Box Office

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Text Messaging

5 accessories that will help you get the most out of your Kindle

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon The Kindle has arguably done more for digital reading that any other device, period.<p>Its e-ink display is easy on the eyes, isn't …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Van Gogh’s Starry Night Painted On Dark Water By Garip Ay

Turkish ebru artist Garip Ay creates dreamy pieces of art. Ebru, also know as decorative paper art, is one of the oldest Turkish arts described as …

Paper Craft

The Ultimate 80s Rock Documentary 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot' Will Never Die

We caught up with filmmaker Jeff Krulik on the 30th anniversary of his and John Heyn's seminal metal fan documentary.<p>We are now exactly as far removed in time from the 1986 release of <i>Heavy Metal Parking Lot</i> as its sleeveless truants and zebra-print daytrippers were from Elvis Presley's gyrations on</i> …

30 books you should read this summer

Summer is the season when, for whatever reason, many of us allow ourselves to be entertained by books again. Maybe it's the appetite for something "light" to read while pool- or beachside, something topical to discuss at the annual family picnic, or something suspenseful and absorbing to ease the …

22 Summer 2016 Books You Won’t Want To Miss

Soak up these family dramas, advice column collections and near-future hijinks.<p>This summer, in addition to the obvious 2016 warm-weather pastime of drinking watermelon water while listening to “Lemonade,” we’re looking forward to reading new books! Because, although we are big proponents of couch …

William Shakespeare's will featuring his last signatures goes on show

Exhibition of playwright’s document on display in London to mark the 400th anniversary of his death<p>The handwriting and the spelling of the most famous name in literature are uncertain, but the autographs are priceless: four of only six known genuine signatures of William Shakespeare have gone on …

11 true-crime documentaries to watch that are as jarring as ‘Making a Murderer’

Whether or not you believe Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are guilty of the murder of Teresa Halbach, the Netflix docuseries raised uncomfortable and worthwhile questions about how the US justice system works and its failings.<p>And while "Making a Murderer" is widely acclaimed, it's not the first …

The 20 Best Movies Of 2015

A dystopian thrill ride and an unlikely romance headline the year's finest.<p>It's that time of the year again -- the time for lists. Making them is interesting because all of a sudden you're forced to decide what was actually memorable from 2015. It turns out a lot of movies were.<p>In a year where …

10 (More) Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Documentaries aren't movies you'd usually think of when rattling off a list of horror films, but because documentaries depict things that <i>really</i> …

30 Cheap and Easy Home Decor Hacks Are Borderline Genius

DIY home décor is always popular here. The simple and easy decorating projects will not cost you a lot, but a little creativity can make your home …

To improve your writing, try 'close reading'

Ten Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

<i>Mugshot of Albert Fish, 1903 | Image: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Documentary film is my favorite genre, and the linked list of ten …

Documentaries

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

New York City

These 2 editing strategies help cure my blindness to dumb writing mistakes

My least favorite part about writing is how blind I can get.<p>The more time I spend with a piece, the harder it is to see the words with fresh eyes. I miss mistakes that would be obvious to anyone — except me.<p>The psychological research on concentration suggests so-called "disfluency" promotes deeper …

Great reading strategies: ‘First lines’ for developing comprehension

<b>Throughout the summer I’ve been posting a series of posts looking at communicative classroom reading strategies. I’ve started each post with this</b> …

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

Stephen King