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The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: old and complex. …

Literature

Do not let the cat into the library

Max is the internet's new hero, and, mercifully, not a duck. That's not to say, though, that Max is not a problem for his humans.<p>This warning was …

Light rail almost ready to ride - After five years of planning, only one semester stands between students and the light rail

Photos by Alexandria Sands.Students returning to campus this fall will be pleased to discover an ‘almost’ complete light rail station.Throughout the …

Commuter Rail

When Milton met Galileo: the collision of cultures that helped shape Paradise Lost

A transformative visit to Catholic Florence inspired the Puritan poet to write his epic masterpiece, a BBC documentary reveals<p>It is an epic poem with a daunting reputation that has struck fear into the hearts of many a student of English literature. Recounting the fall of man, and Adam and Eve’s …

Literature

Ralph Waldo Emerson: American Transcendentalist Writer and Speaker

Emerson's Influence Extended Far Beyond His Home in Concord, Massachusetts<p>The biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson is in some ways a history of America …

Amazon sells out of '1984' after America remembers it can read

After nearly a week on the best-seller list, and a push to the number one spot yesterday — Amazon has now sold out of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, ‘1984.’<p>If you’re wondering what caused the surge of interest in a book first published in 1949, a look at Google Trends seems to point towards …

15 CFB players who could run for president one day

16<p>Eugene Tanner/Associated Press<p>Derek McCartney, OLB, Colorado<p>McCartney donated bone marrow to a cancer patient this spring and earned his degree in …

College Football

New Orleans Learns to Love Water

A city that’s long struggled to stay dry embraces its inner swamp.<p>“New Orleans filled with water” does not conjure up a promising image, at least not yet.<p>The fight to stay dry has defined the city’s history. In the early 20th century, pumps and canals drained swamps and marshes, allowing …

New Orleans

Paradise under the expressway

How visionary landscaping and planning transformed highway underpasses into bucolic parks<p>Huge, shadowy, and magnificent, the man-made cavern known as the Cistern was built in 1926 as part of Houston’s water system. It’s an 87,500-square-foot sunken container, supported by a forest of 221 columns, …

Archaeologists uncover life of luxury in 2,000-year-old priestly quarters of Jerusalem

Archaeologists excavating in the heart of ancient Jerusalem have begun to uncover the neighborhood that housed the elite 2,000 years ago – most …

The Brontës’ Secret

The sisters turned domestic constraints into grist for brilliant books.<p>No body of writing has engendered more other bodies of writing than the Bible, but the Brontë corpus comes alarmingly close. “Since 1857, when Elizabeth Gaskell published her famous <i>Life of Charlotte Brontë</i>, hardly a year has …

Revamped Buffalo Bayou Park cistern, a moody underground retreat, opens to public

Houston’s reputation for tearing down historic places and spaces is being turned on its ear with the renovation of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. …

A sacred space under a rare hill

<b>1</b> of 17<p>The inside of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is shown Monday, April 25, 2016, in Houston. Built in1927, it was the City of Houstoné•s first …

Extreme Weather

Wrecked wetlands lead to flooding. Here's what you can do.

We shudder to think how much worse the massive flooding in northern Harris and southern Montgomery counties would have been without the 13,000 acre, …

Floods

Is Houston Sustainable?: A Flood Postmortem

It has been one week since Houston’s second historic flood in as many years, and now that a slew of postmortems are in, you can’t help but ponder one …

Showdown over HB2 could impact UNC system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The showdown between the state and the Justice Department over House Bill 2 could have serious financial implications at …

Buffalo Bayou trail connection opens downtown

Image 1of/19<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Cyclists, joggers and other downtown visitors gained another trail connection as city leaders put federal and local dollars …

Meet the beautiful botanic garden that has some Houston residents seeing red, not green

Houston, do we really have a problem?<p>Say what you will about the heat (and the traffic, and the rain and the skeeters and the …) but Houston, a …

Botanical Gardens

Charlotte 49ers find focus, roll over Rice, 102-73, for C-USA win

From the final score of Thursday night’s Conference USA game against Rice, Charlotte looked like it had an easy time dispatching the Owls.<p>However, …

Buffalo Bend Nature Park In Houston Complete

Source: Andrew Coulter / EyeEm / Getty<p>Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and Commissioner Jack Morman of Harris County Precinct Two invite the public to …

Get Out: Cheer on the Houston Marathon from Buffalo Bayou Park

I already know where I'll be this weekend: cheering on the Houston Marathon runners from the corner of Houston Ave. and Washington Ave. It's within …

Hiking

This Was the Moment When Zora Neale Hurston Refused to Be Lost to History

Thursday marks what would have been Zora Neale Hurston's 125th birthday. It's an important reminder of the black woman whose work left an indelible …

How Émile Zola made novels out of gutter voices and ultra-violence

'London is in want of a writer like Émile Zola,” declared an 1882 editorial in this paper.<p>“Here in this town of splendid palaces, where wine flows like water, and every kind of luxury is present in excess, the grey morning light seldom breaks across the grim chimney-tops but some lost, forgotten …

Remains Pulled from Bayou Crypt - Bayou City History

[gopher videoid=”565f813e77656261e3000000″ autoplay=”yes”]<p>December 3, 1901:<p>On this day, under an arrangement with the city of Houston, several bodies …