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Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute

Forlornly staring at your iTunes library every Thursday morning, missing <i>Serial</i>? Tired of <i>Serial, Serial, SERIAL</i> already and annoyed that I’m invoking …

Books

Sweetie rewatched – Jane Campion's beautifully strange film debut

The New Zealand director’s mysterious visual style was showcased in this left field story about the love-hate relationship between two sisters<p>• Jane Campion interview: ‘Life isn’t a career’ • More Aussie films rewatched – week by week<p>The New Zealand-born writer-director Jane Campion has made a …

Filmmaking

Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love review – a towering, fists-up comeback

(Sub Pop)<p>When Sleater-Kinney split in 2006, they left an era-defining, seven-album legacy – recently reissued as a box set – that tackled everything from the commercialisation of feminism to 9/11 with a ferocious defiance. They were also experts at shaking up the machismo of classic rock: they paid …

Indie Music

Vacation in Havana? Not so fast. Here's what the easing of the US travel ban means for you

Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don't pack your bathing suit and sunscreen just yet.<p>A new set of government regulations takes effect Friday, severely loosening travel and trade restrictions that have been in place for 54 years. The rules follow President Barack …

How to Build a Canoe in 72 Hours

This project began, as it were, with a "crazy idea" - the possibility of canoe travel without taking a canoe with you. Of building one upon arriving …

Canoeing

Five Ways Ghostwriting Is Good for the Soul

On New Year's Day, I sat on the floor of a thrift store near Wells, Maine, leafing through the yellowing pages of an Alice Notley narrative poem. I silently read each stanza, startled by the way its strange staccato rhythm entered me, and thought: <i>I once believed all books would eventually be found</i> …

No Reservations: 5 Menus for Your Next Date Night In

Is your favorite restaurant all booked up for date night? No problem. These five menus are all you need to host a romantic rendezvous for two at home, no reservations required. Take your pick of a diverse assortment of global and down-home eats — there’s sure to be an option that suits you and your …

Cooking

Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …