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The 20 best travel books of all time

2. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

Paris Review - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Interviewed by Jordan Elgrably<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>James Baldwin in Hyde Park, London. Photograph by Allan Warren, <i>The Paris Review</i> No. 129.<p>This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a …

Folklore For Hipsters: Fairy Tales Before They Were Cool

Reading <i>The Tale of Tales,</i> Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.<p>Perhaps most importantly, the book's an erstwhile history course, and for those who enjoy a …

How to Make a Classic Mai Tai

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: The history of the mai tai, and how to bring a little tiki to your home bar, tonight.</i><p>The craft cocktail …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Operating Systems

Fennel- and Cinnamon-Rubbed Roast Chicken and Lemons With Potato Wedges Recipe

Easy enough for a weeknight dinner but impressive enough to serve guests, this fennel, chili, and cinnamon-rubbed chicken—inspired by a Michael Chiarello spice rub—is roasted with lemon and potatoes for a delicious one-dish dinner.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>This heady blend of warming, fragrant spices …

Basmati Rice Salad with Peas, Mint, and Lemon Recipe

Nothing says <i>spring</i> like peas and mint. My friend Kathi came over the other day and shared with me one of her favorite picnic salad recipes showcasing …

Recipes

Loving Los Angeles: 36 Books To Help You Finally “Get” LA

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1fbf5nq<p>Los Angeles is a hard city to truly love. Not because it’s “always thrusting you away like an …

Chestnut and Chickpea Soup

<i>Every Tuesday, Italian expat Emiko Davies is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.</i><p><i>Today: A velvety, rustic soup from central Italy -- in fifteen minutes flat.</i><p>Chestnuts have long been a staple of Italy's Apennine and Alpine regions, …

Chickpeas

Beauty and brutality: Iceland’s literary landscapes

Dr Emily Lethbridge is breathing new life and understanding into the centuries-old Sagas of Icelanders (<i>Íslendingasögur</i>) during a unique year-long …

Best Books of 2013 : NPR

Want to be seen as well read? Then listen to these shows…

There are several fine websites that save you the trouble of having to read books for yourself<p>Over the years I have managed to fool a number of people into thinking I am terribly well read. My secret – well, three secrets – are Radio 4's <i>Book of the Week</i>, <i>Book at Bedtime</i> and the <i>Classic Serial</i>, whose …

Watch The Postal Service Documentary Some Idealistic Future

This year marks 10 years of the Postal Service's <i>Give Up</i>, an anniversary which has already been celebrated with a deluxe reissue and massive reunion tour. Now comes <i>Some Idealistic Future</i>, a documentary on the band directed by Justin Mitchell for the Creators Project.<p>The 14-minute film goes behind …

Man Booker judges reveal 'most diverse' longlist

<b>Previous nominees Jim Crace and Colm Toibin have made the 13-strong long list for this year's Man Booker prize.</b><p>Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judges, described it as "surely the most diverse long list in Man Booker history".<p>The list includes authors from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, …

10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately

Fans of magical prose and magical worlds, take heart. Titan Books has recently released a special limited edition version of steampunk legend James …

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes

Put artichokes, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, and 6 cups water in a 4-quart saucepan. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain …