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Melty Oil Paintings Capture the Dramatic Beauty of New York City

An Italian artist uses his classical training to bring heart and warmth to stone-faced cement cities.<p><i>Empire State Building at Sunset. Al images courtesy the artist and Barbara Frigerio Gallery, Milano</i><p>Thick strokes of oil paint mingle with the occasional burst of twilight color, turning New York …

Using apt-get Commands In Linux [Complete Beginners Guide]

<i>Brief: This beginner’s guide shows you what you can do with apt-get commands in Linux, how to use it to find new packages, install and upgrade new</i> …

KFC recipe challenge: Kitchen puts the 11 herbs and spices to the test

Reporters didn't taste much of a difference between Kentucky Fried Chicken, right, and the fried chicken, left, on wire rack.<p><b>It is one of the most</b> …

The most spectacular meteor shower of the year is going to be extra special tonight — here's how to watch

As our planet spins through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, tiny grain-of-rice-size bits of debris smack into our atmosphere and burn up, sizzling through the sky like shooting stars.<p>The meteor shower runs from July 17 until August 24 this year and will reach its peak in the evening hours of …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

11 Perfect Beach Reads

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>11 Perfect Beach Reads<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

Here's how J.K. Rowling, author of the highly anticipated 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' turned rejection into unprecedented success

On a delayed train journey from Manchester to King's Cross station in London, the characters Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger came "fully formed" to the mind of a young temp named Joanne Rowling.<p>In the six tumultuous years following, she would imagine an entire magical world of …

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

In honor of summer and our hope for some leisurely reads, we've been talking to booksellers across the country — and they have a lot of suggestions.<p>So imagine your favorite summer reading spot, and get ready to "Pack These Pages." Our first guide is Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in …

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Emergency call logs reveal horrifying details of the Orlando nightclub massacre

The 911 operators' notes, made public on Tuesday, are part of an Orlando Police Department incident narrative that began at 2:02 a.m. on June 12 with two words: "Shots fired."<p>Over the next three hours, operators recorded hearing people screaming and multiple shots fired as Omar Mateen killed 49 …

These New CIA Torture Documents Are Revolting, But They Won't Change Anything

Duct tape diapers, or naked from the waist down and freezing to death in a cell.<p><i>If little faults proceeding on distemper</i><p><i>Shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye</i><p><i>When capital crimes, chewed, swallowed, and digested,</i><p><i>Appear before us?</i><p><i>—Henry V, Act I, Scene 2</i><p>Sooner or later, we're going to …

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The 33 Best Documentaries of All Time

<i>By: Christopher Campbell</i><p><i>Credit: Portrait Films (edited)</i><p>Documentary is not a genre, but an entire branch of moviemaking. So pitting diverse qualifying contenders against each other to determine the 33 best... well, that's difficult.<p>Have I included enough music docs (<i>Don't Look Back</i>, <i>Gimme Shelter</i>), …

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The Top 10 Most Mysterious Shipwrecks of All Time

Photo: Paul Vinten/iStock<p>On March 23, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Navy ended a 95-year-old mystery when they announced the discovery of the <i>USS Conestoga</i>, a Navy tugboat that disappeared in 1921 with 56 people on board while en route from San Francisco to …

Book Review: 'I Let You Go'

"I Let You Go" (Berkley), by Clare MackintoshThe death of a 5-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident on a rainy British evening jumpstarts "I Let You …