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Shakespeare's fingerprints found on three Elizabethan plays

The hand of William Shakespeare has been identified in scenes or passages in three Elizabethan plays previously believed to have been written by others, following linguistic "fingerprinting" tests and other new research.<p><i>Arden of Faversham</i>, <i>The Spanish Tragedy</i> and <i>Mucedorus</i> will now be included in a …

The Elvis Impersonator, the Karate Instructor, a Fridge Full of Severed Heads, and the Plot 2 Kill the President

Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in Mississippi for the crime? Well, as Wells Tower discovered when he traveled to Tupelo and started poking around, the story is a thousand times crazier than you thought<p><b>Spend a</b> …

Peru makes book writing into a spectator sport and invites aspiring writers into combat

On a chilly Monday night in Lima, a bar called La Noche is packed. Usually people come to see live bands. But tonight they're here for Lucha Libro.<p>It's a twist on Lucha Libre, Mexico’s version of pro wrestling, where competitors put on masks and pseudonyms to duke it out in a ring.<p>Peru's Lucha …

David Bowie’s 100 favorite books

“David Bowie Is” is a traveling art exhibition featuring over 300 pieces from David Bowie’s personal archives of instruments, sketches, stage …

Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child

<i>Left theory’s response to the feminization of labor has been to cry for mommy</i><p>Virginia Woolf pointed out in <i>A Room of One’s Own</i> that, for most of …

Kenneth Halliwell: lover, killer… artist?

In January 1959, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell began their campaign of theft. Starting at Hampstead Central Library on Finchley Road, north London, and moving on to libraries in Islington, they stole books of every genre, but with a particular taste for what Orton called "rubbishy novels and …

Paintings by Kevin Sloan

Paintings by Kevin Sloan<p>Allegorical paintings infused with meaning that speaks of the beauty of nature but also maintains a balance with contemporary …

"One Murder Is Statistically Utterly Unimportant": A Conversation with Warren Ellis

By Molly Crabapple August 15, 2013<p>Somewhere, on an NSA server in Utah, there sits an email from Warren Ellis threatening to strangle me to death with my own intestines.<p>Our all-caching surveillance state is something that might have been thought up by Ellis himself. A writer of novels, comics, …

“There’s an expectation around writers of science fiction, which I sometimes am, that we’re predictors of the future, that that is the business of science fiction. Which we’re not, and never were.” A conversation with writer Warren Ellis: http://tpr.ly/13o3gKs.

For my generation, an affordable home seems an impossible dream

Britain is booming. House prices in England and Wales have reached their highest ever level, which is great news for the wealthy, the government and the forgetful. Because in 2008, the last time this happened – the last time houses turned to gold, the bricks of mansion blocks flaking saffron – we …

Anatomy of a Publisher

The story of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.<p>What makes a publishing house great? The easy answer is the consistency with which it produces books of value over a lengthy period of time. That would include in our day, beyond the obvious candidates, houses as unalike as Oxford University Press and New …

Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown

Nothing is more emblematic of the American dream than chaotic mining and drilling towns such as Williston, North Dakota, and the people who flock to them in search of fortune. And no one knows better how these communities work — and don’t — than the traveling topless dancer.

The End of the Suburbs

A major change is underway in where and how we are choosing to live. In 2011, for the first time in nearly a hundred years, the rate of urban …

Happy birthday, Hannibal: The Silence of the Lambs turns 25

Can it really be a whole quarter of a century since Hannibal Lecter took up residence in our cultural landscape with the immortal line, "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti"?<p>Well, actually, no. It is indeed 25 years since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs was first …

Re-examining ‘the Elephant Man’

The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most …

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, …

Books

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s twenty-two essential books: http://tpr.ly/16t60op.