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What to Read Next: Seven Compelling Indian Authors Writing in English

After Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, <i>The God of Small Things</i>, won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997, the Indian book market was suddenly flooded …

Books

Infographic: How to make money by writing and editing

Writing and editing remain highly marketable skills.With the internet’s insatiable appetite for content, many organizations are putting serious money …

Writing

Crime Dramas Set In A Sleepy British Town For When You've Finished Marathoning 'Safe'

Netflix's latest original series <i>Safe</i> is set within the sleepy confines of a gated community in the North of England. Residents have to pass by a …

TV

This book imagines what animals might look like if humans went extinct

A new edition of the 1981 book After Man: A Zoology of the Future is here<p>If humans disappeared from the face of the Earth, letting evolution run its course, what would animals look like in 50 million years? That was the premise of the book <i>After Man: A Zoology of the Future</i>, published in 1981 by …

The secret shame of being a sober mother

After the birth of her second child, Amelia Hill gave up drinking. Little did she realise that her simple lifestyle choice would carry such a social stigma<p>I’ve got a dirty little secret: I’ve stopped drinking. I’m not an alcoholic. I don’t have an addictive personality. I’m in robust good health. I …

Parenting

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

Home Improvement

The 24 Most Popular Book Club Picks This Month, According To Goodreads

If you've ever been in a book club and been tasked with <i>picking the next month's book,</i> then you already know: It's a high stress, big stakes …

100 Years On, What Does It Say That We’re Still Censoring Egon Schiele’s Nudes?

Known for his erotic drawings of women as much as his own emo nude self-portraits, Egon Schiele is proving even more controversial now than he was …

16 book recommendations for when you have absolutely no clue what you want to read

There's a funny thing that happens when you tell someone you write about books. Almost always, they immediately ask, "Do you have any book …

The Seven Types of Atheist

We spoke to philosopher John Gray about the many different forms of atheist that exist today, and why the majority of them suck.<p>Not believing in God has always seemed perfectly sensible to me, but also a bit of a tedious thing to discuss. Of course, that hasn't stopped the so-called "new atheists" …

Thanks to Tammy Duckworth, Babies Are Now Allowed on the Senate Floor

Just 10 days after becoming the first senator to give birth while in office, Tammy Duckworth made history again last night when she introduced a rule change that would allow children (like her newborn daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey) under one year of age on the Senate floor. Senators are also now …

Why Literature Needs More Angry Women

As anyone I dated between 2006 and 2008 can attest to, as a late teen living in Chicago, I was prone to episodes of petty vandalism. I say this with …

Give a Shout Out to Charles Portis and His Extraordinary Novel ‘True Grit'

The Arkansas novelist's classic tale turns 50 this year and looks as fresh and funny as the day it was published. If this is not a great American …

Middlemarch: Jennifer Egan on how George Eliot’s unorthodox love life shaped her masterpiece

By making a plain girl the object of affection, Eliot is making a larger point: beauty is a distracting liability<p>Social mobility is the transformation that forms the blazing heart of her vision<p>It is striking that the author of the most brilliant literary study of marriage in English was a woman …

Literature

Nikki Giovanni: 'Martin Had Faith in the People'

The day after King’s death, the writer-activist wrote a poem about what his loss meant to a movement. Fifty years later, she discusses how his model of leadership lives on.<p>The day after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Nikki Giovanni—the brilliant young writer who’d soon come to be known as …

Civil Rights

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

38 Essential Poetry Books for Kids in Grades K–12

While we think poetry shouldn’t be saved for April, National Poetry Month is a great reason to check out some poetry books for kids and teens. We’ve …

Books

9 New Books That Will Help You Break Your Reading Slump

A reading slump is just about the worst thing that can happen to a book-lover, but if you've slacked off and let your TBR pile grow larger, there's …

Books

Overlooked No More: Charlotte Brontë, Novelist Known for ‘Jane Eyre’

<i>Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With</i> <i>Overlooked</i><i>, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women.</i><p>Charlotte Brontë was a 20-year-old schoolteacher — impatient, dreamy, long-suffering, unpublished — when, in 1836, she sent a sample of her writing to …

Literature

Feminists have slowly shifted power. There’s no going back | Rebecca Solnit

The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements are a revolution that could not have taken place without decades of quiet, painstaking groundwork<p>This International Women’s Day comes five months after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s long campaign of misogynist punishments of women first broke, and with …

Feminism

This charming story by Virginia Woolf’s lover hid in a dollhouse for more than 90 years

“A Note of Explanation” by Vita Sackville-West is a precursor to Woolf’s Orlando.<p>At Windsor Castle, there is a doll’s house that is a perfect miniature replica of a 1920shouse. Built in 1923, it’s called Queen Mary’s Dollhouse, and it’s elaborately detailed, with real electricity running through …

Literature

Jennifer Lawrence Is A Prisoner Of Her Cool Girl Image

This is the story of how Lawrence became the biggest female movie star in the world — but it’s also the story of how an image can become an albatross.<p><b>Four years and eight days</b> ago, Jennifer Lawrence reached Peak Cool Girl. Coming off the press tours for <i>American Hustle</i> and <i>Hunger Games: Catching …

Quiz: Famous first lines—Can you guess who wrote them?

• Moby Dick, Herman Melville*<br>• Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen<br>• Animal Farm, George Orwell<br>• Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen<br>• 1984, George Orwell<br>• One Hundred Years …

The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalise violence and human suffering, but …

Here Is The Most Popular Book In Each State

Colorado and Kansas just don't give a f*ck.

Books

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously

Male art is epic, universal, and profoundly meaningful. Women’s creations are domestic, emotional and trivial. How did we learn to misread stories so badly? By Lili Loofbourow<p>In spring 2013, HBO conducted a sly experiment on the “elite” TV-viewing public. It aired two new shows – both buddy dramas …

Schadenfreude

The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone

<i>At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our</i> …

17 Children's Fantasy Series You May Have Missed As A Kid — But Should Read Now

I've spent a lifetime reading fantasy novels, but there are <i>so many</i> novels and series that I didn't have the chance to read when I was younger and …

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Getting an MFA is admirable and useful, but it's also incredibly time-consuming and costly. There are other ways to get a similar education to start …