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A Forgotten 1897 Novel About Smoking Keef Has Been Republished

T.W. Coakley's semi-autobiographical book, 'Keef: A Story of Intoxication, Love & Death,' is a rare gem of vintage drug lit.<p>Keef smoking originated in North Africa and the Middle East. In the Rif region of Morocco, for instance, people have been smoking it for hundreds of years. Derived from the …

Why I Capture the Castle has gained a secret cult of book lovers

“Every time I meet someone who also loves <i>I Capture the Castle</i>,” writes Jenny Han in her foreword to the new edition of Dodie Smith’s 1948 classic, “I know we must be kindred spirits.”<p><i>I Capture the Castle</i> is that kind of book. It’s not quite famous, even among Smith’s works (her most famous title …

Books

The 3 Best Reads of 2017 (So Far), According to Amazon Book Editors

We love diving into a good book no matter what the time of year, but something about fall makes curling up with a new read and a cup of hot tea all …

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WNP Barbellion’s audacious The Journal of a Disappointed Man is so good that HG Wells wished he wrote it – but it is not as well known as it should be<p>One hundred years ago today, WNP Barbellion scrawled his final diary entry. “Self-disgust,” he wrote. Ravaged by multiple sclerosis at just 28, this …

Literature

Senate Approves Budget Plan That Smooths Path Toward Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — The Senate took a significant step toward rewriting the tax code on Thursday night with the passage of a budget blueprint that would protect a $1.5 trillion tax cut from a Democratic filibuster.<p>The budget resolution could also pave the way for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife …

Republicans

The Danger of President Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.<p>On September 14th, the right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who last year published a book titled “In Trump We Trust,” expressed what a growing number of Americans, including conservatives, have been …

If You Love Books, You're Going to Lose It Over These 25 Literary-Inspired Items

Giving someone a gift is always a kind gesture. But if you want to go above and beyond, opt for something that speaks to a topic or hobby they're …

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