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You’re doing your weekend wrong

Just because you didn’t work last weekend doesn’t mean you had a good weekend.<p>White-collar workers are logging longer hours than a generation ago, and Americans excel at the losing game of competitive busyness. In this context, a weekend without email and spreadsheets might seem like a victory in …

Happiness

Arundhati Roy’s new book has gone straight into the Ministry of Utmost Media Criticism

Hideous or beautiful? Chaotic or lucid? Genius or flawed? ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ has divided reviewers.<p>For the past two weeks nearly …

Crime and the City: Murder in Kolkata

The Indian sub-continent is not short of good candidates for our Crime in the City series. Expect detailed visits to Bombay (Mumbai) and Delhi soon, …

Books

Murakami writes as mysteriously as ever about men without women, but somewhere the magic is missing

How many times can stories without endings be written?<p>There’s always an inexplicable sense of anticipation every time a new Haruki Murakami book …

Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ is a hideous, beautiful story

Arundhati Roy. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint<p>Can we accept the terms a book sets? The lines in the poem at the end of <i>The Ministry Of Utmost</i> …

Books

Game of Thrones Is Becoming a Harvard Class

If anything will get younglings interested in humanities again, this is probably it.<p>Millennials have been accused of killing many things, including the wine, napkin, golf, and movie industries, the McDonald's McWrap, cereal, vacations, bar soap, gyms, and, perhaps most tragically, call-center …

Writing fiction is a prayer, a song: Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy opens her door and lets me in – into her kitchen. I wonder if I’ve knocked on the wrong door: the delivery entrance, perhaps? I quickly …

How the East India Company became a weapon to challenge UK’s colonial past

How the firm at the heart of imperial rule now operates with a very different philosophy<p>When he left his native India to set up a business in London in the 1980s, Sanjiv Mehta never dreamed of returning home one day with the East India Company in his pocket. By 2005 he had bought the entire …

It took a century to create the weekend—and only a decade to undo it

We made up the weekend the same way we made up the week. The earth actually does rotate around the sun once a year, taking about 365.25 days. The sun truly rises and sets over twenty-four hours. But the week is man-made, arbitrary, a substance not found in nature. That seven-day cycle in which we …

Keynesian Economics

There is no such thing as western civilisation

The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention<p>Like many Englishmen who suffered from tuberculosis in the 19th century, Sir Edward Burnett Tylor went abroad on …

How does storytelling differ between video games and literature?

In a talk at the University of Alabama Huntsville, Raph Koster spoke extensively on the history of storytelling and on the ways video games tell …

Game Development

How Paul Thomas Anderson Selectively Defined Two Decades of Music Videos

A look back at the auteur's work in the smaller, more musical medium.<p>Unlike his peers Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, or David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson never spent a formative period in the music video coal mines, crafting eye-popping images for '90s buzz bands and pop ingenues, as his public …

Paul Thomas Anderson

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Hear the Classic Radio Episodes (1947-1951)

During the 1930's and 1940's, Raymond Chandler gave life to the detective Philip Marlowe, perhaps the most memorable character of the hardboiled …

A Case Against America

Who Rules the World?<p>by Noam Chomsky<p>Metropolitan, 307 pp., $28.00<p>It is hard to see yourself as others do, all the more so if you are the world’s sole …

Embrace Everything

The Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville.<p>Ben Ratliff, who writes about jazz, rock, pop, and hard-to-classify music for the <i>Times</i>, has a remarkable new book called “Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty.” It begins with the familiar problem of digital saturation: the …

Digital Photos Capture Paint Swirling in Water

Alex Nero’s digital photographs create Rorschach-like images that explore the human psyche.<p><b>This article was originally published on April 17, 2016 but we think it still rocks!</b><p>Water continues to be a source of inspiration for artists, both aesthetically and as a tool in their art-making. Alex Nero …

Illustration

A Striking Video Portrait of India's Holi Festival

Manoj Raj traveled to the “birthplace of Lord Krishna” to capture his subjects.<p>The Hindu tradition of a springtime festival of color, better known by its Sanskrit moniker, <i>Holi</i>, has been captured on video by New Delhi-based artist Manoj Raj. To take part in the two-day celebration, Raj traveled to …

India

Panama -- The Coming Crash Of Capitalism

Watching the alarming scene of global capitalism today is akin to seeing a vehicle hurtling at full speed towards a wall and while shouting and screaming on the sidelines the pilot remains oblivious and keeps pushing on the accelerator. You know it is going to crash as you watch in disbelieving …

Panama Papers

Jim Harrison, Mozart of the Prairie

<i>This essay is adapted from “The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers,” a memoir by Terry McDonell that will be published by Knopf in August.</i><p>The first chapter of Jim Harrison’s first novel, “Wolf,” begins with a two-page sentence. Jim said it was vanity, that he wanted to show …

Popular Fiction

I Read 8 Jack Kerouac Books in 4 Days. Here's What I Learned.

A change of fashion has left Jack Kerouac’s work inert and his legend inactive; nevertheless, any reasonable investigation shows that we would do …

Literature

Volunteer finds letter written for dying soldier by Walt Whitman

Rare letter penned by American poet to wife of private Robert Jabo discovered among civil war pensions applications in US National Archives<p>A rare letter written by Walt Whitman on behalf of a dying soldier to his wife has been discovered by a volunteer leafing through civil war pensions …

Poetry

The Apple Pencil: an illustrator's review

Just another Apple product or a digital magic wand? Guardian illustrator Chloe Cushman takes it for a spin<p>The Apple Pencil is a cursed product, haunted by a single Steve Jobs quote from 2010: “If you see a stylus, they blew it.” Jobs thought that the stylus, a pen-like device used to write or draw …

Michel Foucault saw Europe’s current refugee crisis coming 40 years ago

In March 1976, philosopher Michel Foucault described the advent of a new logic of government, specific to Western liberal societies. He called it biopolitics. States were becoming obsessed with the health and wellbeing of their populations.<p>And sure enough, 40 years later, Western states are …

North Africa
Literature

Book review: In Other Words, Jhumpa Lahiri’s chronicle of learning Italian, is a work of remarkable diligence

A collection of essays written in Italian and then translated to English, the book captures the process of learning a new language.<p>In 1937, shortly after relocating permanently to Paris, Samuel Beckett wrote to his friend Axel Kaun.<p>"It is becoming more and more difficult, even senseless, for me to …

The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good

It is a truism that we must remember the past or else be condemned to repeat it. But there are times when some things are best forgotten<p>As a reporter in the Bosnian war, in 1993 I went to Belgrade to visit Vuk Drašković, the Serb nationalist politician and writer who was then leading the mass …

Meet The Erotic Artist Bringing Psychedelic Sex To Instagram

Welcome to Alphachanneling's jungle.<p><b>Warning: This post contains erotic imagery and may not be suitable for work environments.</b><p>A Bay Area artist who goes by the name of Alphachanneling has transformed his Instagram feed into a lush erotic jungle, teeming with vines, petals, bodies, leaves, flesh, and …

100+ Painters Contributing 12 Oil Paintings per Second in World’s First Feature-Length Painted Animation – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

“Loving Vincent” has a trailer! The world’s first feature-length painted animation will focus on the life of Vincent Van Gogh and feature 12 oil …

Loving Vincent

Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard review – gripping account of early manhood

In the fifth epic volume of Knausgaard’s compelling life story, he learns how to love and not to write<p>If you did not know better, you would say Karl Ove Knausgaard was teasing. His tremendous, maddening, addictive autobiographical epic has taken his native Norway by storm, drawing comparisons with …