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25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Best Fiction of 2017

FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>Reviewed: July 17, 2017<p>FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: Oct. 10, 2017<p>"Very smart and very entertaining."<p>All …

Books

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Winter 2017 Edition)

Inspired by Lit Hub’s 100 rejections per year post, my goal was to make at least 50 submissions in 2017. Since my last contest roundup, I’m at 108 …

Creative Writing

'This Mortal Coil' Will Get You All Twisted Up

There is a species of book that presents itself as the thing it's skewering, making it tricky to review; do you cover the experience of reading the bulk of it, or do you let the twists, reversals and switches work backwards, changing everything, and cover the experience of reading it in …

Books

This temperature-control mug is the best product I've tried this year

Honestly, it changed my coffee drinking habits.<p>Buy Now!<p>It's fascinating how little, everyday frustrations can stick in your brain forever. Like why isn’t there an apparatus that breaks spaghetti in half without throwing shards of raw noodle all over your kitchen? Or why aren't there half-size …

Coffee

The Internet Archive is Making 62 Obscure, Out-of-Print Books Available Online

Dozens of of obscure, out-of-print books are about to become much more accessible thanks to the Internet Archive, the digital archive of public …

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for ways to make ourselves feel better fast. Unfortunately, history has shown that many of those ways — cannibalism, cocaine tooth drops, ingesting heavy metals — left us sick, broke, or both. Yet we keep looking for that fast cure.<p>Dr. Lydia …

Medicine

'The Apparitionists' Raises The Specters That Haunted America

<i>"... photography was an act of mythmaking."</i><p>There's a sense of a museum exhibit in Peter Manseau's <i>The Apparitionists</i>. The centerpiece of the book is the trial of William Mumler, a photographer in Boston (and later New York) accused of defrauding people with his claims that he could take "spirit …

P. T. Barnum

Electrifying 'Power' Flips The Gender Script To Unsettling Effect

If you spend enough time talking with your most cynical friend about politics, you're likely to hear this quotation from the 19th-century British historian Lord Acton: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." It's a memorable axiom, but one that's been a little bit mangled by time …

Books

16 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this October

Demons, space pirates, and more to add to your to-read pile<p>It seems like yesterday that I put together the September book list. Where did the month go?<p>I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction and specifically non-genre books recently. My background is in military history, so when I first saw Josh …

Science Fiction

Cuphead – The Game That Makes Everyone Rage Quit

Cuphead is the game that has been on news recently and mainly because of its gorgeous 1930s animation and solid gameplay. But what majority does not …

'Greater Gotham' Is A Great Big Book For A Great Big City

Like Russia, New York City inspires big, doorstop-size books, epitomized by the six-volume <i>Iconography of Manhattan Island</i> by I.N. Phelps Stokes (published between 1915 and 1928, weighing in at 35 pounds). The picture swims into clearer focus when we realize that Gotham, the brand-name-style moniker …

These are the highest quality apps and games right now, according to Google

Google introduced its Android Excellence collections in June. This was a new take on its Editor’s Choice category of the Google Play Store, highlighting what Google believes to be the best apps and games available at the moment.<p>The fall selection of Android Excellence titles, which were picked …

Stranger Things: The Game Released For Free

An Eggo Collect-athon!<p>A Stranger Things game has launched on the App Store & Google Play Store.<p>The game, which is free of charge, and includes no …

Gaming

The best lunch bags for adults at work for under $30

Put the brown paper bag lunch days in the past. Today we want to share lunch boxes that will keep your lunches cold or hot for hours, actually hold your food in place, and be fashionable too. They are also all under $50, so you can stop spending money everyday at lunch and start packing it from …

Shopping

The six must-read novels on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist

If you’re searching for a new book to lose yourself in, this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is the place to look.<p>The award’s judging panel narrowed this year’s selection down to just six finalists this morning (Sept. 13), with just four weeks to go until the latest winner is announced.<p><i>Lincoln in</i> …

Books

'The World Of Tomorrow' Is A Huge Story, Told Intimately

<i>Jason Sheehan knows stuff about food, video games, books and</i> Starblazers<i>. He is currently the restaurant critic at</i>Philadelphia <i>magazine, but when no one is looking, he spends his time writing books about giant robots and ray guns.</i> Tales From the Radiation Age <i>is his latest book</i><i>.</i><p>Brendan Mathews's …

Books

Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

Books

Guide to the Classics: Homer's Odyssey

The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war at Troy, which Homer …

Ancient History

'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels': For Designers Of Video Games, It's Always Crunch Time

Success is dull; failure is fascinating.<p>Stories of marvelous achievement may earn our admiration, but they tend to follow the same trajectory, hitting all the same pious stations of the cross along the way: hard work, determination, never giving up, blind luck. There's a performative virtuousness …

More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2016 is still worth discovering and pondering today.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers. This is my annual attempt to bring …

Journalism

Amazon’s YETI Gold Box has the top-rated Hopper 30 Cooler for $175 shipped

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Today only, as a part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Woot via Amazon offers the popular YETI Hopper 30 Portable Cooler for</b> …

Consumer Tech

Audio-Technica’s new flagship headphones come in a luxury case and cost $1,999

Say hello to the ATH-ADX5000<p>When we talk about headphone cases, we usually mean some sort of box or pouch that keeps them safe from harm and dust, <i>not an actual piece of luggage</i>. But Audio-Technica has gone literal with the case for its new flagship headphones, the ATH-ADX5000, giving you a fancy …

The Compelling Memoirs You Have To Read

Some call it navel-gazing. We call it too good to put down.<p>As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir really has a huge emotional impact on the …

NASA's Voyager probes, 40 years out, are brought near in 'the farthest'

Forty years ago, NASA launched twin robotic explorers on a mission to travel farther out than any spacecraft had gone before, and today, they continue to be our most distant emissaries. The story of those probes, and of the people behind them, is the focus of the aptly-titled documentary, "The …

Astronomy

Top 10 books about tyrants

The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues’ gallery of despots and dictators from fact and fiction<p>The emergence of a dictator tends to be seen as a unique coincidence of character and circumstance – yet there are clear consistencies. As a tyrant, you’re almost certainly male. You’ll survive …

Amazon Offering $101 Off Sony's MDR-1000X Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

Amazon is currently offering $101 off the price of Sony's highly rated MDR-1000X noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones, which came out last October and usually retail at $399.<p>The headphones boast the same drivers as the company's well-regarded MDR-1A headset made for listening to Hi-Res Audio, as …

‘Swords of Ditto’ scratches that retro ‘Zelda’ itch

Washed up on the beach, you, young boy/girl/robot, are the hero that will save the island of Ditto. Or you'll fail and plunge the land into a hundred years of darkness until another hero is born. OneBitBeyond's <i>The Swords Of Ditto</i> lets you control one tiny adventurer at a time, and if when you die, …

Paperback Thrills: 16 Best Thrillers of the Last 100 Years

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)<p>Shirley Jackson is perhaps best known for her short story <i>The Lottery</i>, which created a landmark moment in American short fiction. Her novel <i>The Haunting of Hill House</i>, however, may be the pinnacle of Gothic fiction – particularly of the haunted house variety – in the …