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'Fight for what you believe in': How best-selling authors battled rejection - TODAY.com

Today<p>James Patterson, Samantha Shannon and Khaled Hosseini talk about how they dealt with rejection and got their careers going.<p><i>Samantha Shannon’s “The Bone Season” is the first pick for the new TODAY Book Club. Read</i> <i>an</i> <i>exclusive excerpt and</i> <i>RSVP to join a Google Hangout with Shannon and Natalie</i> …

Writing

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

We’ve mixed it with OJ, hidden it in flasks, refilled parents’ bottles with water. But where did vodka come from?<p>Take a good look at the vodka section of your local liquor store. On the upper shelves you’ll find shimmering glass bottles of all shapes and sizes originating from every corner of the …

These Songs Could Have Changed Your Life: The Best Rejected Songs of the Millennium

In which 20 Grantland writers wipe their eyes, put on their headphones, take a walk, and attempt to process the most egregious omissions from the …

Music

Premier League 2013/14: the full list of transfers

<b>Arsenal</b><p><b>In</b> Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan, Free), Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, Free).<p><b>Out</b> Gervinho (Roma, £8m), Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £1.5m), Martin Angha (FC Nuremburg, Undisclosed), Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace, Free), Andre Santos (Flamengo, Undisclosed), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Free), …

How to Make Any Caramel Corn in 5 Steps

<i>Here at Food5, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Take back caramel corn from the state fair. With 5 simple steps and the perfect caramel ratio, you can make</i> …

Will The Real Stan Kroenke Please Stand Up?

Jose Mourinho admits to contingency plan should Chelsea fail to capture Wayne Rooney before window shuts

Jose Mourinho has revealed he has a plan B “and C” in the transfer market if Chelsea fail to land Wayne Rooney before the window closes.<p>Mourinho again refused to throw in the towel in his pursuit of his number one target when quizzed ahead of Wednesday night’s second Premier League game of the …

Soccer

Manchester United bid for Everton players a 'waste of time'

<b>Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Manchester United's £28m joint bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines is a "waste of time".</b><p>United's offer of £16m for Fellaini and £12m for Baines was called "derisory and insulting" by Everton on Monday.<p>Former Toffees boss David Moyes is keen to bring …

Gareth Bale is not in my plans, insists Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti as interest in Spurs forward cools

Real Madrid’s interest in Gareth Bale appears to be cooling after head coach Carlo Ancelotti told club president Florentino Pérez that he did not consider the Tottenham player integral to his plans this season.<p>Ancelotti’s comments, which are understood to have been made in a meeting with Pérez at …

Premier League 2013/14 preview: how will Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and your team fare?

Alan Smith's predictions, transfers, potential budget plans and those essential items from the club shop.<p><b>Arsenal</b><p><b>In</b>: Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, Free). <b><br>Out</b>: Gervinho (Roma, £8m), Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £1.5m), Martin Angha (FC Nuremburg, Undisclosed), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Free), …

Man Utd's greatest?

Who has been Manchester United's best manager? Sky Sports is launching a vote to discover the finest boss in the history of each current Premier …

Soccer

Hollywood on course for biggest summer box office in 2013

<b>Hollywood is on course for its biggest ever summer box office in the US despite several high profile flops.</b><p>Big budget films The Lone Ranger, Will Smith's After Earth and animation Turbo all hugely underperformed in America.<p>However figures show studio films have earned $4.1bn (£2.6bn), close to …

Usain and the lightning bolt – the story behind the photograph by Olivier Morin/AFP http://t.gu.com/nQsi4

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.<p>A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), …