Jane Ball

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J.J. Abrams Broke His Back Trying to Rescue Harrison Ford on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The filmmaker suffered more for Star Wars than you ever will.<p>Over the course of a seven-minute segment on <i>The Daily Show</i>, <b>J.J. Abrams</b> managed to accomplish several impressive feats: debut an on-point <b>Woody Allen</b> impression; dodge countless attempts by the show’s host to get details about <i>Star Wars:</i> …

The 10 Best Songs of July 2015

From new Wilco to 50 Cent's ballsy return, listen to what the month had to offer. Plus: Listen to all the best songs of the year on Esquire Spotify.

Twitter is erupting with borderline scary excitement over the 'Harry Potter' news

LONDON — People are struggling to find the words to express just how excited they are about the upcoming <i>Harry Potter</i> play.<p>J.K. Rowling made the …

Learn to Code iOS 8 Apps with This Comprehensive Course for Only $89

Some of the biggest tech news of last year was Apple’s new Swift programming language. If you’d like to get to grips with iOS 8 development and this new way of creating apps, we’ve got just the course for you.<p>The course is suitable for beginners and includes 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content to …

19 of the most mind-blowing Google Street View images from under the world's oceans

Google partnered with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Chagos Conservation Trust to showcase stunning new images from 40 locations around the world, including underwater dives in Bali, the Bahamas, and the Great Barrier Reef.<p>Google says on its Maps …

Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers’ Sex Lives

Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of …

Bug Sprays: The 8 Best Insect Repellents

Going out into the wilderness, there’s a possibility that you could be eaten alive by a mountain lion or a grizzly bear. Far greater is the …

10 Unique Airbnbs You’ll Want to Rent This Weekend

We may not enjoy the convenience of summer break anymore, but that doesn’t stop us from having travel on our mind 24/7. Sandy beaches, rocky hikes or cosmopolitan cities: We’ll take it all. Whether you’re planning a big trip or just imagining a cross-country excursion, get your passports ready as …

Top 10 new species for 2015 (pictures)

28 DIYs You Need for Your First Apartment

May is here and that means it’s time for graduation, moving on and possibly moving into your first apartment. As a recent grad (congrats, Huskies 2015!), I picked up my stuff, moved across the country and started a job at Brit + Co (ahem, we are hiring!). It was a bit intimidating but also …

13 ways to do London like a Londoner

From food trends to football, Londoners certainly know how to have a good time. Whether you're partying into the early hours, soaking up culture at …

Learn How to Make the Perfect All-In-One Camping Toilet with This Video

If you like to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, you know that taking care of business can often be a challenge. This clever setup packs …

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12 Things You Should NEVER Do in New Orleans

Among U.S. cities, New Orleans stands out as a wonderfully unique destination. The sights, the sounds and most notably, the food, all reflect and encapsulate the city's multicultural influences, including Cajun and Creole, as well as it's singular history. But with more than nine million visitors a …

Teen Uses App to Track His Missing Phone, Dies Trying to Get It Back

An Ontario teen was shot to death early Sunday morning after he tracked down the smartphone he left in a cab and tried to take it back from three …

What Librarians Wish You Knew About How To Use The Library

Look, just put down the card catalogue (<i>put it down</i>) and take a very quiet seat, because the librarians are here. And they’ve got a couple …

Chris Pratt is HUGE: How the Jurassic World star became one of Hollywood's most bankable leading men

Thank goodness for Chris Pratt. Between his star turns in this past weekend’s record-breaking hit <i>Jurassic World</i>—which brought in an unbelievable (and …

The Girl With All the Gifts

• <b>Author:</b> M. R. Carey<p><b>The USA Today bestseller</b><br>Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."<br>Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the …

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5 cultural faux pas Americans make while traveling abroad

While you may not do it intentionally — or even realize you're doing it — certain kinds of behavior that Americans wouldn't think twice about aren't as accepted or favored in other countries around the world.<p>We spoke to Robert Hickey, the deputy director of the Protocol School of Washington, and …

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Paul Rudd: Even I Fell in Love with Myself in Clueless

It’s been exactly two decades since Paul Rudd made hearts melt as Cher’s “kind of a Baldwin” step-brother Josh in 1995’s <i>Clueless</i>, and after …

15 Fascinating Facts About Saving Private Ryan

It was up to eight men to save the life of one. Here are 15 things you may not have known about Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning World War II drama</i> …

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Why YA fiction is a dark mirror reflecting our own real lives

Photograph: PR<p>AJ Steiger: Books can unite, but they can also divide. Do you like or dislike Twilight? Whatever your answer, your peers have now labelled and categorised …

Watch the trailer for Endgame, the last in CJ Daugherty's Night School series

All things must end... but I can’t believe my Night School series is actually ending! I’ve been in love with Cimmeria Academy since I first envisioned its soaring ceilings and red brick walls. It’s the school I wish I’d gone to. This trailer is a wonderful way of saying goodbye, at least for now, …

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter - review

The Goddess Test is a relatively short book just missing the 300-page mark, but it is a book I did enjoy and read in a single sitting. Good thing it was the holidays and I wasn't meant to be in college or I might not have gotten around to reading it. This modernized mythology story was an …

12 of the Sweet Valley High Books' Most Ridiculous Plotlines

Many of the Wakefield twins' adventures in Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High series are typical teenage stuff: Young love, drama at school, …

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Top 10 tips for girl geeks

Sam Maggs, the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, sets out her very best tips for girls who embrace their inner nerd, and boy geeks will enjoy these too! Just in time for the summer comic conventions and festivals<p>My book The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is basically 208 pages of tips and …

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7 Classic Feminist YA Books Everyone Should Read

My new novel, <i>Kissing in America</i>, is a feminist story about a young girl coming into her own as she gradually understands the complexities of grief and loss and love. As I wrote the book over the course of seven years, I kept thinking back to seven books I read when I was a teen, narratives that …

The magic of libraries

Magical books and secret libraries are an irresistible combination. Think of Mr Norrell’s jealously guarded collection of magical books in Susanna Clark’s novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which has been made into a TV drama; or who can forget the restricted section of the Hogwarts library?<p>In my …

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The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?<p>I see a blue horse, a purple cat, and a new program — unveiled today by President Obama — with one goal in mind:<p>To put good books in the hands of low-income kids.<p>More specifically, $250 million worth of e-books available to young, low-income readers — free. …

Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future?

The end of the world sure is taking a long time. Ever since the breakout success of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel <i>The Road</i>, America has been degraded, devastated, and decimated time and time again — at least, on the page. Granted, McCarthy didn't invent post-apocalyptic fiction. But he helped spark a …