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Visit Colombia's Largest Tower of Books

Cheap books await you by the ground-floor door at this second-hand bookstore, a lavishly balconied — but still ostensibly beige — building in …

Bogotá

Best Midwest Road Trips in the U.S.

Here, three of our favorite Midwest road trip itineraries, including where to stop, where to stay, and what you’ll see along the way.

Lake Superior

For digital nomads, work is where the laptop is

Gwendolyn DaSilva rises at 5 a.m. to teach English to Chinese children from a small office just off her kitchen in Colombia. Through an online teaching portal, she gives one-hour private lessons for about four hours to children ages 5 to 12, and then she walks to a coffee shop to spend most of the …

Francine Prose: Five Classics to Read and Re-read

Francine Prose’s new book, <b>What to Read and Why</b>, is published this month. She shared her list of classics to read and re-read with Jane Ciabattari. …

Harlan Ellison: where to start reading

<b>I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream</b><br>This nightmarish short story – published in 1967 and winner of a Hugo – comes from a “special place of anguish”, Ellison said. It is set in a future where a supercomputer, AM – Allied Mastercomputer – has wiped out all of humanity apart from five people, and spends …

Which Books Do Famous Authors Read and Recommend Most?

Everyone loves a list—especially a list of books. To that end, people (including certain people at a nice place called Literary Hub) are always …

Anthony Bourdain’s Love Affair with Crime Fiction - Bourdain Filled His Life and His Art with Noir

Anyone who has ever worked in a bookstore has heard the question, “I’m taking a vacation to (insert destination). Do you have any books set there?” …

21 Western Novels Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

“The western story, in its most usual forms, represents the American version of the ever appealing oldest of man’s legends about himself, that of the …

20 Notoriously Underrated Writers You Should Be Reading

What makes an author underrated? Well, there’s an argument to be made that most literary writers are—by virtue of the fact that these days they are …

18 Great Writers on Their Favorite Story Collections

Receiving the right collection of stories at the right moment can be a gift to any writer. Especially when starting out. In the spring of 1943, for …

The Best Adventure Books, According to Bookworms

This week, we scanned Amazon's bestseller list for the highest-rated adventure books, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail' ($10)</b><p>"There is something fascinating about the idea of going far away from everything and everyone …

Rediscover the Pleasure of Solitude in These Micro Cabins Across the East Coast

At $125 a night, a startup offers rentable micro cabins to help urban dwellers escape the daily grind.<p>When it comes to escaping the city for a restorative stay in nature, few retreats offer the conveniences and charm found in the tiny cabins of Getaway. Riding the wave of the tiny house movement, …

New York City

The Millennial Who Wouldn’t Move Out of His Parents’ House Is Tragic, Actually

His story is an embarrassing cry for help.<p>The internet has blessed and cursed us with an infinite pool of people to make fun of, whether they have it coming or not. This week’s star, an unemployed 30-year-old man named Michael Rotondo, was sued by his parents after they made many unsuccessful …

The 50 most commonly assigned works of literature at top US colleges

US students are starting their summer vacation, which means a brief respite from stacks of required reading. For college kids, that’s three months without any Sophocles, Milton, or Woolf.<p>The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an online database with 1 million university curricula collected by scraping …

Literature

One Night in Bogotá? This Is How You Should Spend It

<i>To help us plan a nightlife itinerary that goes beyond backpacker bars in La Candelaria, we turned to Julián Correcha, owner of</i> <b>RPM Records</b><i>, a Zona</i> …

The 18 Essential Restaurants in Oaxaca

Just a 45-minute flight from Mexico City, Oaxaca City is a photogenic gem with colorful colonial-era streets, majestic Baroque churches, and charming plazas. Expats and bohemians have long called this small yet lively city home thanks to its rich multicultural arts scene and, more importantly, …

The next Elena Ferrante? The best European fiction coming your way

France was built by people from all over the world. To forget that is to forget what it is to be French<p>If I had been able to talk to my mum, there wouldn’t have been that irresistible desire to write in order to understand<p>Aramburu has become a key player in a battle to control the narrative about …

Cloud Forests, Coffee Haciendas, and Other Ways to Escape Bogotá

<i>Bogotá’s chaotic traffic and never-ending sprawl can make you feel trapped in a bubble. But take a short drive and you’re in the middle of Andean</i> …

How One of Bogotá’s Original Suburban Oases Got Its Groove Back

Go to La Soledad and whole blocks might feel abandoned and ghostly. Maybe it’s the weird residue from 2006, when residents began to flee after a …

Bogotá’s Art Scene Is on Fire — These Are the Galleries to Know

<i>As Colombia’s economy took off and its security began to stabilize more than a decade ago, Bogotá’s art scene blossomed. There are now more than 100</i> …

Book clinic: what constitutes ‘well read’?

<b>Since it is seen as a great accolade for a person to be thought “well read”, I wonder what the minimum requirement might be to be considered thus?</b><br>David Handley, Yorkshire<p><b>Robert McCrum, author and former literary editor of the Observer</b><br>In 1618, two years after Shakespeare’s death, a well-read adult …

Literature

The Ultimate Street Art Guide to Bogotá

<i>It wasn’t that long ago that graffiti was thought of in the same vein as cocaine in Bogotá. Police cracked down on graffiti artists hard. Too hard.</i> …

Walk along ancient paths in self-guided tour of northern Portugal

Take in the sights, sounds, scents and scenery on a walking tour of Portugal, a country that should be on everyone's must-visit list.<p>A weeklong On Foot Holidays tour takes walkers far from the crowds on a self-guided route through the gentle hills of northern Portugal.<p>Highlights include walking …

European Travel

Best countryside detours from Bogotá

One of the best things about Bogotá is its central location – you don’t need to travel too far to find pretty <i>pueblos</i>, high <i>páramo</i> wetlands and real cowboys. So once you’ve visited the capital’s tourist sights, stick around and make Bogotá a base to explore the gorgeous and diverse countryside that …

South America

Give a Shout Out to Charles Portis and His Extraordinary Novel ‘True Grit'

The Arkansas novelist's classic tale turns 50 this year and looks as fresh and funny as the day it was published. If this is not a great American …

The American Mind is as Closed as Ever

In the summer of 1987, a relatively unknown University of Chicago political science professor and philosopher named Allan Bloom published an academic …

University of Chicago

Ali Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel top poll of best UK and Irish authors

Critics, academics and authors vote to find ‘the new Elizabethans’, to correct the tendency to champion older authors as the literary establishment<p>Ali Smith has topped a poll by the Times Literary Supplement of about 200 critics, academics and authors that set out to find the best British and Irish …

Books

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. …

European Travel

The 50 Golf Books Every Golfer Should Read

We've narrowed the list to a nifty top 50, standouts that aren't so much the best ever but a well-rounded collection that every golfer should read for the combination of golf knowledge and entertainment they offer<p>Whether you recognize it or not, you're always reading on the golf course: your putts, …

Books

A Lonely Planet Editor's Guide to Portugal's Medieval Capital, Coimbra

There are countless reasons to visit Portugal. Between the creative capital of Lisbon, the wine country in Porto, and pink-sand beaches in the south, …