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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Imperfect Romance with The New Yorker

There’s a doomed, romantic quality to the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and <i>The New Yorker</i>; they were perfect for each other but never quite got together. By the time <i>The New Yorker</i>’s first issue hit newsstands, in February, 1925, Fitzgerald—who had published “This Side of Paradise” in …

'Everyone screamed during the sex scene': backstage at North Korea's f​​ilm festival

No red carpet, a mystery lineup and 10 foreigners allowed entry … the Pyongyang international film festival isn’t your average affair. But now in its 15th edition, the event is growing – and evolving<p>There is no red carpet at the Pyongyang international film festival. In 2014, when Hong Yong-hee, …

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The death of Alan Kurdi: one year on, compassion towards refugees fades

Toddler’s death opened European hearts and policy towards refugees, but 12 months on those changes have proved temporary<p>Sitting in a refugee camp in northern Greece, Mohammad Mohammad, a Syrian taxi driver, holds up a picture of three-year-old Alan Kurdi. It is nearly a year since the same …

Moroccan teenager's death puts focus on women's rights

Morocco is under growing pressure to better protect women after a man who was allowed to marry a 16-year old girl he had allegedly raped was invited by a newspaper to join a discussion on improving women's rights.<p>The man did not attend the roundtable meeting about the case of the teenager, Amina …

Teenage rape victim dies after setting herself on fire in Morocco

Alleged attackers had threatened to publish photographs of ordeal suffered by girl, 16, who was pregnant, says rights group<p>Moroccan authorities are investigating the death of a teenage rape victim who set herself on fire after her alleged attackers threatened to publish photographs of the ordeal, a …

MH370 pilot's flight simulator plotted course over southern Indian Ocean

Australian officials confirm Malaysia Airlines captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s simulator did show route where plane is believed to have vanished<p>Australian officials have confirmed that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 showed that someone …

After Brexit vote, Scotland's Sturgeon takes control

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The Friday morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, leaders in London had little to say.<p>Prime Minister David Cameron resigned in a short statement. Boris Johnson, the face of the leave campaign, spoke for seven minutes. George Osborne, finance minister, was …

Half of primary school pupils to follow Chinese style of learning maths with focus on whole-class teaching

Thousands of primary schools in England will copy the south Asian style of teaching maths, the Department for Education has said.<p>A £41 million boost will help more than 8,000 schools - half of the total number in England - receive support to adopt the approach, which is used by leading maths …

'Princesses have hair' – French women fight body hair stigma on Twitter

Adele Labo, 16, created the hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils after being mocked at school for not shaving<p>French women have posted pictures of hairy armpits and legs on Twitter to fight the stigma over female body hair.<p>The hashtag #LesPrincessesOntDesPoils (Princesses have hair) was the top …

Stand Up For and Invest in Teenage Girls, UN Says on World Population Day

<i>From UN News Centre</i><p>11 July 2016 – Leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the rights of teenage girls, particularly those who are …

Executives at Kodak were miserable when the Polaroid camera was invented

Polaroid and Eastman Kodak, two giants of the photography industry, had enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship for decades.<p>In 1934, Kodak was the first customer for Edwin Land's plastic polarizer sheet, an invention the Harvard dropout and Polaroid founder had made at the age of …

Black British writer wins major German-language fiction award

Sharon Dodua Otoo takes €25,000 Ingeborg Bachmann prize with Herr Gröttrup Sits Down, about the rocket scientist who worked for the Nazis, then the USSR<p>When Sharon Dodua Otoo moved from Ilford to Hanover as an au pair in 1992, her family were concerned. Would a black girl from outer London cope …

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Stand up for the arts in schools, say children’s laureates

Observer cartoonist explains the need for action by writers and illustrators for children<p>Children’s fiction sections of bookshelves are stalked by imaginary giants and superheroes. But these books have also given Britain a succession of real-life literary giants, from Lewis Carroll to Roald …

How Faith Reckons With Senseless Evil

Orlando experienced the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday. In the face of atrocity, along with shock and deep sadness, faith teaches four …

Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

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Orlando massacre: We can’t ignore America’s homegrown homophobia

By Karen Attiah<p>Karen Attiah<p>Global Opinions editor, writing on international affairs and social issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Global Opinions editor<p>“This was an act of terror and an act of hate,” President Obama said, addressing the nation after Sunday morning’s deadly shooting at the nightclub Pulse in …

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Carol Ann Duffy introduces poems for our love of bookshops

The poet laureate is leading the Shore to Shore tour of Britain in celebration of independent sellers. She introduces new work by Clive James, Jackie Kay and Alan Jenkins<p>The Shore to Shore tour – in celebration of independent bookshops – starts in Falmouth on 19 June and will end in St Andrews on 2 …

Most YA fiction is grown-up fiction in disguise

The boom in Young Adult fiction is fuelled by adult stories, told by adults in a grown-up fashion – but where does that leave teen readers?<p>The director of the children’s programme at the Edinburgh international book festival is worried. According to Janet Smythe: “YA fiction, the major publishing …

My Barber, My Dry-Cleaning Lady, and My Bodega Guy: Three Tales of Love and Loss in New York City

**My Barber **<p>To me he was always just "Mark." For years he was the only man I let touch my head, and his chair was a judgment-free zone. Once I brought him a copy of <i>US Weekly</i> and, too ashamed to speak, held up a photo of Orlando Bloom and wiggled my eyebrows. "No. 14, no problem," Mark said, …

The Power and Limitations of Victim-Impact Statements

Last week, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office released a victim-impact statement written by a twenty-three-year-old woman raped on the Stanford campus. The statement, which has gone viral, is sharp, clear, stunningly open, occasionally funny. Its author is a very good writer in the …

Poster poems: buildings

From Louis MacNeice at the British Library to Elizabeth Bishop’s Filling Station, some poets are good at recording life’s often unnoticed settings. What do you see?<p>There can at times be a tendency to think of poetry as being primarily concerned with the natural world and fine emotions, a precious …

Art house: Los Angeles and New York artists tackle the inequity of real estate

From a crazy golf course in LA’s Skid Row funded by Mike Kelley’s estate, to New Yorkers asking Who Stole the House?, artists are addressing the cost of property<p>The residents of Los Angeles’s Skid Row have faced many perils. Yet they haven’t, up until now, had to contend with golf-related injuries. …

Want to Save the Fish? Turn Supply Chains Into Stories

Wildlife<p>One step in the seafood supply chain: distribution<p>The seafood supply chain may not be the most stimulating subject to discuss, but it is one of the most important issues to address if we want to end overfishing. The black box of the global seafood supply chain hides up to 24 million tons of …

Why conservatives start culture wars and liberals win them

By Stephen Prothero<p><i>Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and the author of “Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections),” from which this essay is adapted.</i><p>For a time, it was fashionable to declare that America’s culture wars were over. “Culture wars …

39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book

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The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee review – ‘one of the most dangerous ideas in history’

From Nazi eugenics to biotech and the desire to make better versions of ourselves … this vivid survey is controversial, but gives the latest on the nature-nurture debate<p>Siddhartha Mukherjee calls his history of genetics “intimate” for two reasons. First, he repeats the cinematic cross-cutting of …