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We All Have a Gene That Predetermines Who We Are Attracted To, Says Science

One study on attraction found something very interesting.<p>Red hot attraction at first sight comes down to…<i>genetic coding</i>? That’s what scientists …

Science Says Gaining a Few Pounds Can Hurt Your Job Prospects

If you're applying for a new job, put down that doughnut.<p>A team of researchers in Canada and Scotland recently confirmed what many of us have long suspected: Gaining weight can make you less appealing to company recruiters. But in what is perhaps the most surprising finding, researchers also found …

These Are the 'Building Blocks' That Lead to Smart Money Decisions

These three skills are essential, and should begin to be understood as young as 3 years old.<p>How do kids learn sound money practices? The answers have …

A Single Hour After Work May Just Change Your Life

Who needs Tony Robbins when you can motivate yourself? Overcoming the emotional hurdle to get stuff done when you’d rather sit on the couch isn’t …

Motivation

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and …

15 Daily Routines That Will Boost Your Productivity

Looking to become more productive? Here are 15 daily habits that can help you.<p>Feeling the office blues?<p>It's okay. It is an unfortunate reality that most U.S. workers spend long hours in the office, working themselves to death until they become office zombies.<p>Because of the long hours and often …

Coconut

14 Contemporary Short Stories That Will Spark Your Mind

Literary journals discover new writers. They are also the place where some of the most exciting literary thought experiments happen. If you believe …

Reading Pathways: Augusten Burroughs

So you want to read some dark memoirs about a gay man and his life as an advertising copywriter in the Big Apple and his alcoholism and his …

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Welcome to this week’s blog, and our roundup ofyour comments and photos from last week.<p>There, somebody mentioned Jonathan Franzen. As you might expect, the invocation of this mighty name prompted a thread almost as long as The Corrections itself. It started in fine …

Books

Year's Best Crime Novels: 2016, by Bill Ott

<b>The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016.</b><p>Ott, Bill (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 1, 2016 (<i>Booklist</i>).<p>Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, …

10 Things I Know About You and Your Books

From our earliest moments, most writers are avid readers. We devour books – for story, for Craft, for new worlds and new ideas.<p>We have To Be Read …

The Unfinished Manuscript Which Saw Truman Capote Exiled

Laura Allsop considers Answered Prayers, the incomplete work labelled a "dark comedy of the very rich", whose provocative early chapters caused its …

Stop saying Shakespeare invented so many phrases - he cribbed most of them, Australian academic claims

An Australian expert on Shakespeare claims the bard did not invent many of the words and phrases attributed to him, saying the mistake is due to the Oxford English Dictionary’s “bias” towards citing literary examples of early usages.<p>Noting examples such as “it was Greek to me” and “wild goose …

5 things every new (secondary) teacher should know about writing

Academic success is dependent on students being able to communicate their understanding of a subject and, sooner or later, that communication will be …

100 Must-Read Epistolary Novels from the Past and Present

There is something pleasantly, innocently voyeuristic about reading an epistolary novel. They give you the feeling of stumbling on a box of letters …

Summer Session: How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine—Part 1

<i>As part of our Back to School Summer Session we are exploring pedagogy and the state of learning in the arts. Today we bring you an article from our</i> …

GCSE reforms: goodbye to ABC grades as Progress 8 becomes a key league table measure

The last few years have seen a raft of changes in the education system, not least for GCSE qualifications.<p>While some of these have already been implemented, reforms will continue for the next few years, all the way up to 2020 when current plans will see all GCSE students take the English …

Education

Top 10 seaside novels

Through the lens of literature, something interesting happens to the world of sand and sea, harbours and hotels. In fiction, the seaside frequently represents a threshold between order and chaos, society and nature, identity and its loss, with a move or visit to the coast signalling a shift from …

Books

What’s Coming Next from the 2016 Hugo Award Fiction Winners?

The winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards have been announced, celebrating the best in science fiction and fantasy (and then some!) from 2015. So what …

Sean O’Brien explores a very English form of sadomasochism

His latest novel centres on past crimes at a jingoistic public school — where treason, murder and fascism have been shamefully covered up<p>At first glance Sean O’Brien’s new novel appears to focus on England’s devotion to the past. Even its title carries the sense and long-sustained rhythm of things …

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane

“Paul Kane’s vision of hell, and his brilliant depiction of the members of The Order of the Gash leaves nothing to be desired and Holmes and …

Another Reason to Be Smug About Your Superior Taste in Books

There’s that quote from <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, that the best way to understand another person is to “climb into [their] skin and walk around in it.” …

28 High School Reading List Classics That Have Great Audiobooks - GeekMom

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p>There are books that are just perennial favorites on high school reading lists. These are wonderful English and American …

Books

Does Reading Make You A Better Person? Study Suggests It Depends On What You Read

Literary fiction might be more empathy-generating than genre books.<p>In 2012, when bookstores and book clubs were alight with talk of <i>Gone Girl</i>, a vital modifier was attached to descriptions of Flynn’s fast-paced story: it’s not just a thriller, it’s a <i>literary</i> thriller.<p>“Literary,” in the case of a …

Who Am I: Writer or Bookseller?

<i>Hey, this message is for ________. This is Ben from Brazos Bookstore calling to let you know we got a book you ordered here:</i> The Sadness. <i>It’ll be</i> …

There is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You

Stories have many functions: entertainment, healing, education, illustration, explanation, misdirection, persuasion. Stories have the power to shape …

What’s the first rule of book club? Wine, of course, but there are others

The Ennis Book Club Festival is 10 years old. Freya McClements talks to its founders and other book clubs about what goes on between the covers<p>Thu, …

Books

Rising Star: Kea Wilson's first novel combines literary with horror

Kea Wilson’s first novel is probably one of the only literary debuts indebted to “Cannibal Holocaust.”<p>For a perplexed interviewer, Wilson explains …