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From Circe to Clinton: why powerful women are cast as witches

A witch transgresses norms of female power – punishing her makes others afraid to follow in an unruly woman’s footsteps<p>The image of the good witch is ascendant in popular culture at a time when women have made strides towards equality<p>During the 2016 US presidential election, American social media …

Books

Translation Tuesday: Two poems by Yoo An-Jin

Acclaimed South Korean poet Yoo An-Jin reflects on loneliness and aging<p>By Yoo An-Jin, Brother Anthony of Taizé and Yu Chang-Gong for Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, part of the Guardian Books Network<p>It’s not often that poets become household names, but acclaimed Korean poet Yoo An-Jin had help …

A Crown of Wishes Is the Epic Fantasy Novel You’ve Been Waiting For

When we’re not scrolling through YA author Roshani Chokshi’s gorgeous Insta feed, we’re counting down the days until we can get a new book from her. Thankfully, the wait is over: <i>A Crown of Wishes</i> is FINALLY here. This YA fantasy novel — a sweeping, epic tale of girls kicking butt — might just make …

UK faces Brexit crisis after Europe’s leaders demand: ‘Get out now’

France and Germany urge swift action by Britain as Tory MPs say Boris Johnson is preparing leadership bid<p>Britain was heading into a period of unprecedented political, constitutional and economic crisis on Saturday night as European leaders stepped up demands for it to quit the EU as soon as …

Great Britain

Why Angela Merkel is biding her time over Brexit

<b>A bit like an East German ringmaster in the eye of the hurricane that is the panic, noise and rumour in Europe surrounding Britain's Brexit vote, Angela Merkel has roared for silence.</b><p><i>Schweigen</i> is a German word describing the specific quiet you get when people do not speak.<p>And <i>schweigen</i> is what Mrs …

This land is my land….or is it? The risk of Adverse Possession in Alberta – Duncan Craig LLP

Many people assume that when they buy a piece of land, they own that land, and it cannot be taken away from them unless they fail to pay their debts. …

Using Game Theory to Break the Climate Gridlock

Let the game begin! I was very excited by my colleague Andrew McGill’s work to bring game theory into the context of the election. Long story short, the weird three-sided game of chicken between GOP #NeverTrump leaders, voters, and candidates can be explained by game theory, which uses mathematical …

No country even for yes men: What the sacking of Harsha Bhogle tells us about the BCCI

The manner in which an enduringly popular figure and a board loyalist is removed underlines that the BCCI remains as arbitrary as ever.<p>Like an Indian …

Cricket

Why I Don't Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

I don’t buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. It’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but I’d like to lay out three, seriously considered factors that have shaped my personal stance on organic:<p><b>Informed confidence</b> that we are safe buying “conventional” foods<br>• Recognizing …

Agriculture

Everyday, more fool you, you are quoting Shakespeare

Every day, most of us quote Shakespeare, even if we’ve never read a word of his plays. And we don’t even know we’re doing it. Such is the reach of Shakespeare’s mastery of language that phrases he coined and popularised have, over the centuries since he was writing, been woven into our everyday …

The forgotten genius: why Anne wins the battle of the Brontës

For the BBC’s Being the Brontës, I got behind the bullied youngest sister – a feminist and social firebrand whose ideas were way over Charlotte’s head and years before their time<p>We know about Emily Brontë (who gave us Wuthering Heights, Cathy, Heathcliff, Laurence Olivier in leather britches …

Minecraft to run artificial intelligence experiments

<b>Minecraft is to become a testing ground for artificial intelligence experiments.</b><p>Microsoft, owner of the popular video game, revealed that computer scientists and amateurs will be able to evaluate and develop AI software using its virtual landscapes from July.<p>The company says Minecraft is more …

Oscar Isaac surprises audience at Letters Live event in London

The actor made a guest appearance to read aloud correspondence from his Star Wars forebear Sir Alec Guinness<p>The actor Oscar Isaac made a surprise appearance at a Letters Live event on Sunday to read out correspondence written by his Star Wars forebear Alec Guinness, in which he called his co-star …

Fiction, like life, tells disabled people their lives have less value

Post-apocalyptic books, films and video games tend to avoid disabled characters or kill them off because it wouldn’t be ‘realistic’ for them to survive. Corinne Duyvis, who also happens to be autistic, is ringing the changes<p>The value of human life.<p>That sounds like a pretty intense topic, and at …

Books

Handwriting Expert Makes New Shakespeare Discoveries

Folger scholar leads project to transcribe and digitize hundreds of documents about the Bard, discovering details that were overlooked for centuries<p>Heather Wolfe isn’t a Shakespeare expert, but she can do something many Shakespeare scholars can’t: She can read his handwriting.<p>In 16th- and …

Wolfe

I have a sexual bucket list, but my wife won’t play along

A man is tempted to find other women who will fulfill the sexual desires his wife won’t. Mariella warns that it could put his relationship in jeopardy…<p><b>The dilemma</b> I am in my mid-50s and have never had the chance to experience anal sex. My wife is a dear, loving woman and our sex life is otherwise …

Relationships

What is the point of critics?

In an extract from his new book, New York Times film critic AO Scott defends his craft, arguing that criticism has never been more necessary. Below, fellow practitioners offer their own views…<p>In May 2012, on the day <i>Avengers Assemble</i> – you saw it, right? Everyone did – was released on 3,500 screens …

Sweet revenge – a dish best served in a memoir

As Salman Rushdie’s ex-wife Padma Lakshmi exposes details of their marriage, we look at other dirt-dishing tales<p>Filleted Salman, anyone? Literary big fish Salman Rushdie was reminded that hell hath no fury this week when his ex-wife Padma Lakshmi spared no detail of his faults in her new memoir,</i> …

Umberto Eco: ‘People are tired of simple things’

Life, like fiction, was an endlessly absorbing game for an intellectual who wore his great learning lightly<p>Umberto Eco was tired when I met him in 2011. At 80, he was in the middle of an arduous 20-day tour to promote his novel The Prague Cemetery, and he was sagging. I didn’t much like the novel …

Literature

6 Unforgettable Adventure Vacations to Take In 2016

Travel to these American hot spots for the thrill of a lifetime<p>The value of your vacation isn’t found on your phone’s camera roll. It’s in your brain—the memories lodged so deeply that they’re still vivid years later.<p>There’s a trick to forming them: Rev up your heart rate in a new …

The Big Picture photography competition: round 356

Galaxy S7 Launch Has Five Chances To Save Samsung

As Samsung’s executive team prepares to take to the stage at the Souh Korean’s Galaxy S7 ‘Unpacked’ press event ahead of Mobile World Congress, DJ Koh has a huge task ahead of him. Samsung’s mobile division is not in the best of health, consumers are switching away from the flagship devices to …

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Biblical epic 'Risen,' starring Joseph Fiennes, flaunts a 'Game of Thrones' style

"Risen," the biblical epic arriving in theaters during Lent to get audiences hyped for Easter, plays as fascinating counter-programming for one of February's other auspicious releases. The film puts a grimily modern lens on the Resurrection story of Jesus, with a Roman tribune (Joseph Fiennes) …

George Clooney

Libreria bookshop: where literature and lattes don’t mix

If you’re not familiar with the area, strike out for London’s Liverpool Street station and then veer towards Spitalfields, with its huge 19th-century market building now repurposed as prime retail space, its Hawksmoor church and cheery Victorian pubs. And then turn down Hanbury Street – past a …

Are You Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue?

It seems in today’s world, stress has become a normal part of most people’s lives. Just think about how our society has changed even in the last …

Munich Creative Business Week 2016 events explore design's connections with the economy

<b>Dezeen promotion:</b> this year's Munich Creative Business Week will include a range of design-led events for industry professionals and the public …

Architecture

What We Get Wrong About Black Women's Sexuality

How do you figure out what an emancipated sexuality looks like when society at large assumes you're hypersexual?<p>"You have those DSL lips — dick-sucking lips."<p>That's what he called them. One day, a white boy turned to Lexy, now 24, in the cafeteria and declared how great her full lips must be for …

GAVANI

Wednesday, 23 September 2015<p>Summary of Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens›Oliver Twist is an extreme criticism of Victorian society’s treatment of the …