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Shakespeare's fingerprints found on three Elizabethan plays

Computer analysis gives the Bard a hand in three late 16th century dramas, says scholar Jonathan Bate<p>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 …

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>Spend a …

Crime

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 …

Writing

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 …

Feminism

Kenneth Halliwell: lover, killer… artist?

He has always been known as playwright Joe Orton's lover – and killer. But, beyond his celebrated library book jokes, is it time we started taking Kenneth Halliwell seriously as an artist?<p>In January 1959, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell began their campaign of theft. Starting at Hampstead Central …

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 …

Art

“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

As house prices rise and rents soar much faster than wages, how are we supposed to find somewhere to live?<p>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 …

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 …

Books

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

It's been a quarter of a century since Thomas Harris's cultured cannibal exploded on the thriller scene, winning fictional killers a place in our hearts for ever<p>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 …

Re-examining ‘the Elephant Man’

Kevin Duong explores how leading French revolutionaries, in need of an image to represent the all important “will of the people”, turned to the …

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, …

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