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Wellcome book prize reveals longlist for 2017 award

Val McDermid, chair of this year’s judges, hails a selection that crosses divide between arts and sciences<p>Crime writer Val McDermid, who is chairing the judges for this year’s Wellcome book prize, has criticised the divide between arts and sciences in the UK’s education system, speaking out as the …

Books

31 Of The Most Heartwarming Books You'll Ever Read

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Mahabharata

The <i>Mahabharata</i> is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family - the Pandavas and Kauravas - who, in the …

Hinduism

35 Books Time Magazine Suggests To Open Your Mind

<b>35. 1984, George Orwell</b><p><b>34. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes</b><p><b>33. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley</b><p><b>Douglas Adams</b><p><b>Kurt Vonnegut</b><p><b>Joseph Heller</b><p><b>29. Do Androids</b> …

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

I have been a nerd my whole life. I was always "that kid," the one who read in a corner at recess and talked about Jo March and Ponyboy as though they were real people. I have a vivid memory of myself at 8 or 9, staying up far past my bedtime to read Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" by …

Psychology

I left Silicon Valley to start up in India. Here are my lessons learned the hard way

I had a cushy job in the US for over a decade. I was working in the Silicon Valley, helping startups as well as Fortune 500 companies roll out …

India

New Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent Explore Quirky Isolated Movements | Colossal

<p>French photographer and director Romain Laurent (previously here and here) started making portrait-based GIFs as a way to produce work outside his …

GIF Animations

How fiction ruined love

To fall in love feels like such a personal and spontaneous process, it is strange — and a bit insulting — to suggest that we’re only copying what the …

Relationships

There Is No Frigate Like A Book: A Life Spent Reading

I balance books precariously, pile them high on my bedside table: fiction, memoir, children's stories, volumes of poetry, professional reading all stacked up. Too many books, no matter how many shelves my mother or husband build. I've tried and rejected the Kindle, the Nook, other electronic …

Books

Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, reviewed.

For a reader who wants most of all to get lost in a book, the difficulty of reading short story collections is that every several pages she and the …

Books

Science Education Is Woefully Uncreative. That Has to Change

When students (especially non-science majors) take required science classes, there is a reason. It's not so that they can learn about the names of …

See 9 Gorgeous Winning Images From Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest

As amazing as that Snapchat pic of you high-fiving a Samuel L. Jackson wax figure outside of Madame Tussaud’s is, sometimes it’s nice to admire the photography of the pros. A perfect place to start would be with the winners of Smithsonian’s 13th annual photo contest, which have just been …

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: I wanted to be sure to reach you

“though my ship was on the way it got caught”<br>–Frank O’Hara, from “To the Harbormaster”<p>The wind kicks up as I wait for the 8 p.m. bus, so I wedge my …

‘I want to stare death in the eye’… how great writers confronted their mortality

After serious illness, Katie Roiphe found beauty and comfort in the stories of how her literary heroes faced up to dying<p>I forget how to breathe. I am being pulled underwater. The taxi driver carries me into the emergency room because I’ve passed out in the cab and my mother can’t lift a 12-year-old.<p>…

Literature

Hanya Yanagihara: ‘Don’t we read fiction exactly to be upset?’

The author of the acclaimed novel A Little Life asks what it means to be ‘brave’ as a writer<p>Recently, I’ve been thinking about the word “brave”, and what it might actually mean in our current vernacular. Who is brave? What is brave? Is brave fighting a war, enduring an illness, expressing who you …

Books