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10 Books That Shaped Our Teenage Years

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Linda Bernstein<p>Let me begin with this: The kind of YA (Young Adult) books that are marketed to teens these days (think <i>The Hunger Games</i>) didn’t exist when we boomers were in our teens.<p>In fact, I’d argue that the first actual YA book wasn’t published until 1967. I’m …

J.D. Salinger‘s house is on the market and generating plenty of buzz, but before you make an offer consider “what does it mean to want to live in a dead writer’s house? When does fandom devolve into idolatry?” http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/08/20/dead-authors-homes/

British readers lost in translations as foreign literature sales boom

British readers are devouring foreign fiction in record numbers amid a mini-boom in translated novels, inspired by the success of Scandinavian authors such as Jo Nesbø.<p>Among a string of high-profile launches, Penguin Classics is soon to publish a collection of Arabic short stories, entitled <i>Tales of</i> …

Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

The liberation of Paris from the Nazis has a deep and emotional meaning for the French, but like so much about that nation, it’s complicated.<p>This …

America's Best Hot Dogs (PHOTOS)

Crunchy. Spicy. Topped with chicharrones and kimchi. The latest Spanish-Asian fusion dish? Nope -- it's a hot dog. At least, that's how they make 'em at 4505 Meats in San Francisco.<p>The Zilla Dog is a far cry from the traditional franks that competitive eaters choke down each year at Coney Island's …

Famous Authors’ Most Dramatic Breakups

Former schoolmates and lifelong besties Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey traded more than 500 letters during their friendship. In 1839, nearly a …

Chicago: reading the midwestern metropolis of American literature

From the socially tough novels of naturalism, to intellectually demanding modernism, this city provides a thrilling challenge to the reader<p>Your favourite Chicago books: check our readers' list<p>In 1920 the literary critic and satirist HL Mencken wrote in the Nation that Chicago is the "Literary …

Is reading antisocial?

Another attempt to socially network books has bitten the dust. Maybe readers just want to be alone<p>My parents had a mixed marriage. I'm referring not to their religious upbringings (Catholic and Episcopalian) but to their attitudes toward reading in company. My father thought two or more people …

19 Times "How I Met Your Mother" Restored Your Faith In Love

Kids, sometimes you gotta watch nine seasons of a CBS sitcom in order to really remember why this crazy emotional roller coaster is worthwhile.

Russia's Diplomatic Solution for Ukraine Crisis Isn't Very Diplomatic

Barack Obama’s administration and its European allies say they want a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Russia’s top diplomat has begun …

15 Short Stories You Can Read in Under 15 Minutes

Ever since the wheel tumbled into existence, we’ve looked to technology to help us do more with less. When we rolled out the printing press, …

16 Ghostly Hybrid Images Of London Old And New

Courtesy of the Museum of London's StreetMuseum app, which illuminates hidden histories in London, and allows users to overlay past scenes on the present using a '3D view button'.<p>Download the StreetMuseum App here.

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Reviewing Jonathan Franzen's book <i>The Kraus Project</i>, the German poet Michael Hoffmann argues that people call the Austrian satirist, Karl Kraus, brilliant, "though it's sometimes said with a there-now-go-away-please undertone". By that Hoffman implies that people all too freely bestow the title of …

The Art Of Using Correct Verb Tenses In Your Writing

<i>By Writer's Relief Staff:</i><p>Enforcing consistent verb tense in your writing is crucial. Nothing makes an editor’s brain hurt more than trying to read through distracting or confusing verb tenses. If one sentence has so many varying tenses that readers don’t know if you’re coming or going, you can be …

These 12 Everyday Words Used To Have Completely Different Meanings

There are slang words like "cray cray" -- meaning someone or something that is really crazy -- that are popular among teenagers but leave older people bewildered. There also are phrases like "Indian giver" that boomers might have said when they were kids -- but that today are understood to be …

North Korea, Venezuelan opposition and Ukraine's violence

THE UN's report on North Korea, protest in Venezuela and violence in Ukraine are three important stories that made the news this week. Our …

19 LGBT Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis

"...I'm not being homophobic, you're just being too sensitive..."<p>"The everyday encounters of subtle discrimination that people of various marginalized groups experience throughout their lives."<p>I started this project because I wanted the concept of microaggressions to be discussed in more meaningful …

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Can Yulia Tymoshenko Lead Ukraine Out of Crisis?

On Saturday, Yulia Tymoshenko, the heroine of the 2004 Orange Revolution and a politician who has come to be seen as the martyr of the Ukrainian …

US lets EU take center stage on Ukraine peace accord | DW | 22.02.2014

The US had two priorities in Kyiv, says Charles A. Kupchan, who under the first Clinton administration directed the National Security Council's (NSC) …

Literary prizes make books less popular, study finds

Jane Gardam, Anne Carson and the six other authors shortlisted for the £40,000 Folio prize should brace themselves: new research has found that, if they are announced as winner at next month's awards ceremony, they will face a torrent of negative reviews from readers.<p>In a paper to be published in …

10 of the Sexiest Poems for Literary Lovers

Happy birthday to 20th-century poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay. A master sonneteer, Millay is also known as an iconoclast and libertine. …

The Least Literate Cities In America: 24/7 Wall St.

CCSU ranked the cities based on six categories: bookstores, residents’ educational attainment, newspaper circulation, use of online resources, the library system, and periodical publishing resources. The most literate cities were largely in the Northeast, and they generally had a well-educated and …

The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession by John Cornwell – review

Some years ago I was in Lisbon with a group of Jewish people. It was the Day of Atonement and their very liberal rabbi organised a service in a hotel meeting room, so I went along. It began with people offering their thoughts. "I hate the Day of Atonement," said one. "I hate the focus on guilt, and …

23 Fascinating Words With No Direct English Translations

The claim that Eskimos have about a trillion words for snow may be a false one -- actually, Eskimo languages have about as many synonyms for <i>snow</i> as English does -- but it remains true that the language of a culture can be fascinating and illustrative. It makes sense that Italians, whose meals …

15 Vintage British Postcards That Will Make You Want To Time Travel

The past looks stunning.

The casualty of America's same-sex marriage fight: civil unions

In recent years, same-sex marriage has made several advances both at the federal and at the state levels. But a steady and simultaneous erosion of civil unions has accompanied these advances. National trends suggest that if marriage equality is harmonized across the 50 states, there is a chance we …

Coca-Cola sales fall as consumers switch to healthier drinks

Coca-Cola’s profits fell 8.4pc to $1.7bn in the fourth quarter, while revenues missed expectations by nearly $300m<p>Coca-Cola appears to be losing some of its fizz, as Americans swap sugary, high-calorie, sparkling drinks for healthier options.<p>The US drinks maker saw its revenues fall 3.6pc to $11bn …

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The Skinniest Streets On Earth

We've traveled twisty roads. And pretty roads. And really foodie-friendly roads.<p>But have you ever squished down such a <i>skinny</i> road?<p>Button up your jeans, suck in your breath, and best of luck.<p>Strada Sforii in Brasov, Romania<p>Strada Sforii means "Rope Street," and this alley is certainly almost as thin …

The Longest Beaches In The World On Which To Take A Really, Really Long Walk

Sure, you can hang out on the beach in your bikini, walk along a boardwalk, go for a dip or even surf. Or, you can go for a really, really, <i>really</i> long walk.<p>Here are eleven beaches where you can show your bikini bod for miles and miles.<p><b>Praia do Cassino Beach, Brazil</b><p>At roughly 150 miles long, this is …

Unemployment The Number 1 Problem For Americans, Gallup Poll Says

Unemployment has retaken its place in Americans' minds as the country's biggest problem, according to a new Gallup poll published Monday.<p>23 percent now consider unemployment the greatest challenge facing the nation, while only 16 percent said the same in January.<p>More people named joblessness as the …