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The Year in Music: A Guide to the 10 Best Albums of 2014

Many of the world’s biggest pop stars sat on the sidelines for 2014. Frank Ocean, Adele, Kanye West, and Rihanna all delayed their heavily anticipated albums into at least 2015. That left plenty of room for upstarts to make their marks. Nearly every person on this list is a truly fresh voice—the …

Music

The 10 Best Books of 2014

Perhaps no novel this year was more feverishly anticipated—or more frequently stolen from my desk—than **Elena Ferrante’**s <i>Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay</i> (Europa), the third installment of the enigmatic Italian author’s Neapolitan novels, which tell a single story with the possessive force of …

Beyond Paleo: Is Eating Like a Viking the Next It Diet?

<i>Europe is heeding the call of the Norse: A diet rich in berries, fish, nuts, and game is charting a course to boosting health and losing pounds. Kate Christensen reports on the New Nordic phenomenon.</i><p>My father’s grandparents came from Norway and settled in the Scandinavian bastion of Minnesota. As a …

The future of Britain’s libraries: why lattes and Wi-Fi are nothing to fear

Few victims of austerity have been so fiercely mourned as libraries. If they are to be revived, a recent report argues, they must look down the High Street to Starbucks. Can that approach change a writer’s beloved childhood sanctuary for the better?<p>I started coming to Torridon Road Library in …

Forgotten fairytales slay the Cinderella stereotype | Philip Oltermann

Once upon a time … the fairytales you thought you knew had endings you wouldn’t recognise. A new collection of German folk stories has Hansel and Gretel getting married after an erotic encounter with a dwarf, an enchanted frog being kissed not by a damsel in distress but by a young man, and …

Jane Austen in quotes: 30 tips for a successful life

Who needs modern self-help gurus when a 19th-century novelist had it all worked out? Fortify yourself for the first Jane Austen day with quotes from her novels – and let us know the ones we have missed<p>It’s no longer universally acknowledged that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be …

Botox your CV and online profile

<b>In many countries getting a job has never been more difficult and with online applications and social networking to contend with, the world of job seeking has changed dramatically in just a short period of time.</b><p>So you have to have the best possible resume, which can be on paper or even on your own …

Employment