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A new study squelches a treasured theory about Indians’ origins

A CENTURY and a half ago linguists invented a new map of the world. Their research showed that a single family tree stretches its branches almost …

Anthropology

How Does Freelance Writing Work, Exactly?

How Does Freelance Writing Work, Exactly?<p>Updated April 07, 2017<p>Congrats to me, I’ve been a freelance writer for over 10 years now!<p>I first started by …

Writing

The 13 books every young liberal should read

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it pays to be well informed.<p>From criminal justice and civil rights to environmental policy and …

Literature

5 of the all-time greatest novels you haven't read

Many die-hard readers consider their favorite novels more than mere entertainment. But while curling up with a beloved work of literature might seem a loftier pursuit than guffawing at “Family Guy,” it’s still ultimately a diversion.<p>And now that summer’s arrived, grabbing a novel to immerse oneself …

Literature

7 Books to Gift the Avid Reader In Your Life

‘Tis the season to gift all your friends books. That’s what Christmas is all about, right? But say you have this friend who’s read <i>every</i> book <i></i>you’ve …

15 Great New Books to Read Over the Weekend

Let us plan your weekend reading list.<p>Long weekend on the horizon? You’ll need a new book. Whether you want new reading material to keep you company …

Books

43 paintings you need to see before you die

In an old barn that Jackson Pollock transformed into a studio, the artist laid his massive canvas on the wooden plank floor. He hurled white, yellow, blue, and black paint with sticks and knives at it. As he finished, he pressed his cigarette butt into the canvas, dripping with color.<p>This is how …

Art

The Week in Reading: The Best New Book Releases for March 14, 2017

Welcome to the sixth edition of The Week in Reading, a weekly column that pulls together the best new books being released each week a full day …

Kaziranga: The park that shoots people to protect rhinos

<b>The authorities at a national park in India protect the wildlife by shooting suspected poachers dead. But has the war against poaching gone too far?</b><p>Kaziranga National Park is an incredible story of conservation success.<p>There were just a handful of Indian one-horned rhinoceros left when the park was …

Wildlife

Refugees in America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Viet Thanh Nguyen tells stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country.<p>Consider the distinctions between the words “expat,” “immigrant,” “refugee.” “Expat” suggests a cosmopolitan spirit and resources that allow mobility; …

Literature

Before Straight and Gay

The discreet, disorienting passions of the Victorian era<p>Even by the formidable standards of eminent Victorian families, the Bensons were an intimidating lot. Edward Benson, the family’s patriarch, had vaulted up the clerical hierarchy, awing superiors with his ferocious work habits and cowing …

Literature

Their parents' lives were defined by war. Now Vietnam's youth are pushing the country toward a new identity

In front of Ho Chi Minh's statue and the baroque yellow walls of Communist Party headquarters, they danced.<p>Strobe lights and bass washed over sweaty young bodies twisting in the tropical night air. The DJ took a selfie with the crowd, and the din on this downtown promenade blended with the roar of …

10 Authors Who Write Under Different Pen Names

<b>by Sarah Dobbs</b><p>When you see a familiar author’s name on a book cover, you probably feel confident that you know what you’re getting. Most writers have …

Claims we buy

As Nandini Shah, a health-conscious young working mother in New Delhi, enters a supermarket, she knows exactly what to buy. She picks Bournvita for …

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

D.E. Stevenson was a prolific and beloved writer who lived from 1892 – 1973, though her first book was published in 1923. She wrote …

Books

The Pioneering Female Sci-Fi Writer Whose Identity Was Kept Secret for 50 Years

Many women writers have chosen to hide or disguise their identities by adopting a pseudonym—consider J. K. Rowling (who has written as Robert …

Trailer for ‘Loving Vincent’, A Film That Tells the Story of Van Gogh Through Oil Painting Animations

Breakthru Films, the producers of the upcoming film <i>Loving Vincent</i>, have released a second teaser trailer that includes dialogue. As we mention in …

Animation

15 Romantic Novels You Should Read Instead Of Watching Their Movie Counterparts

There's nothing more stirring to the soul than a good old bout of love. The emotion's notorious reputation is to create mayhem, but we all have …

Francois Hollande: Two-state solution is the only way

<b>Paris, France -</b> A two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only way to bring lasting peace and security to the Middle East, Francois Hollande, France's president, said.<p>His comments came as officials and civil society groups from more than 70 countries gathered to discuss ways …

Israel

After China Veto, France Reiterates Support To India Over Masood Azhar Issue

<b>New Delhi:</b> France has reiterated its support to India's pitch to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist, days after …

At Paris meeting, major powers to warn Trump over Middle East peace

PARIS (Reuters) - Some 70 countries reaffirmed on Sunday that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.<p>The final communique of a one-day international Middle East peace conference …

Israel

Banished and excluded: the Girmit of Fiji - Himal Southasian

2 January 2015<p>The story of how the Empire’s forgotten slaves overcame the political legacy of colonialism.<p>Girmitiyas in Fiji.<br>Photo: Ministry of …

11 Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading Instead Of Joseph Boyden

Turn these pages.<p>In a written statement, Boyden, who has at various points claimed Metis, Anishinaabe, Nipmuc and Mi'kmaq heritage, admits he has stolen the spotlight on Indigenous issues as he is "a white kid from Willowdale with native roots."<p>What does authenticity mean when it comes to fiction? …

BBC - Culture - The family tragedy that inspired the Brontës' greatest books

As a new tale of the famous literary sisters arrives on TV, Hephzibah Anderson takes a look at how their strange and sad history inspired ‘the best writers’ group that ever was’.<p>Bookworms feel about the Brontës much the way that music buffs feel about The Beatles. You’re either a Charlotte devotee …

Literature

Turkey bogged down in Syria as it realigns with Russia

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly two months into the assault, Turkey has become bogged down in an unexpectedly bloody fight to retake the Islamic State group's last stronghold in northern Syria. It has been forced to pour in troops, take the lead in the battle from its Syrian allies and reach out to Russia for …

Middle East

UK government expects to lose Brexit trigger case, making contingency plans - report | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government expects to lose its legal battle to start the Brexit process without going through parliament, and has drafted versions of a bill to put to lawmakers after the ruling, the Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves …

North Africa

YV Reddy, Bimal Jalan stoke debate on steady erosion of RBI autonomy

<b>Mumbai/New Delhi:</b> Two former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governors have in the span of two days stoked a debate on the eroding autonomy of the …

India