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Junot Díaz by Edwidge Danticat

If Marvel Comics had gotten around to it, Oscar Wao would have been a hero. As it is, Junot Díaz stepped in and made him one first. Oscar is a …

10 Dystopian Novels To Read Right Now

Dystopia now<p>Thanks to the incoming president and a Republican Congress which is trying to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, it's fair to say that our reality is looking more and more dystopian every day. So, while we can't recommend strongly enough that you take action to try and …

Books

The 20 best travel books of 2016

From Australia to America, and Bulgaria to Burma, Michael Kerr draws on the year’s travel books to find the ideal Christmas gifts.<p>The Outrun by Amy Liptrot<p><b>Canongate, £8.99</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful book though hardly conventional, whether you …

Everything but Poop: The Strange Things You Find Working at a Sewage Treatment Plant

Hammers, toothbrushes, and false sets of teeth—it all ends up in the same place.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.</i><p>Usually when you flush something down the toilet, the idea is to have it out of sight and out of mind as soon as possible. It's a different story when you've accidentally …

The next generation of Americans is going to be in a lot of trouble

<b>(AP/J Pat Carter)</b><p>The American Dream is in trouble as income inequality continues to get worse<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>December 9, 2016 8:43pm (UTC)<p>The American Dream has long been that each generation can do better than their parents. Unfortunately, rising income inequality in America has made this less true …

How to Disappear for the Next Four Years

There's no machine that makes you disappear (yet), but here are some other options.<p>The election was a month ago, and Trump fans are still exercising their right to gloat about how a bunch of famous liberals said they would move to Canada if Trump won. Of course no one—or almost no one—actually left …

The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment<p><b>Don’t Miss</b><p>Why TV Needs ‘Weak’ Female Characters—<i>Elizabeth Alsop dissects series like</i> Fleabag <i>and</i> Transparent<i>, which show how vulnerability is as important as unlikeability and strength when it comes to portraying fictional women.</i><p><b>Film</b><p>The …

Entertainment

As police crack down on Standing Rock protesters, maybe read some books by indigenous authors

Welcome back to our weekly book link roundup! We took last week off for Thanksgiving, but now we’re back and ready to kick off December with a collection of this week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>At the Boston Review, Stephen Burt writes in praise of Yeats and rococo poetry in the …

The 37 funniest movies you can watch on Netflix right now

<b>The INSIDER summary:</b><p><b>• Netflix has a huge selection of comedies. Here are 37 great ones to watch.</b><p>Comedy is quite possibly the most difficult genre of film to produce. Drama, horror, romance — these genres all achieve their intended response with relative ease compared to comedy. In order to make …

A NASA Scientist Told Us Why People Love Bass So Much

Robert Alexander talks us through what low frequency does to us physically and psychologically.<p>I'd never been to Las Vegas before, so I wasn't sure how often you got to meet former NASA scientists by the swimming pool of a swanky hotel. Is that what people do in Vegas? Gamble, drink, and let a very …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Literature

Back to school with a fairy-vampire, plus funfairs, foxes, babies and racehorses<p>This September eases young readers back into school and the cool of autumn with whales, wolves, foxes, fairy-vampires, alien funfairs, grief and mechanical hearts. For picture-book fans there’s a long-awaited sequel …

Books

40 Albums That Changed Dance Music Forever

Click or tap to zoom into this image<p>This is image <i>1</i> of 40<p>Kraftwerk – ‘Trans-Europe Express’ (King Klang, 1977)<p><b>Kraftwerk – ‘Trans-Europe Express’ (King</b> …

Albert Einstein

A world in which we all consume the same food will end up with a serving of disaster

“Right now, three-quarters of our food comes from 12 plants and five animals,” says Simran Sethi. She is almost incredulous, comparing it to a someone suggesting an investor plough all their money into just one stock. “No sane person would say or do that, but with food that is exactly what is …

Agriculture