Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal

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Roberto Bolaño’s 12 Tips on “the Art of Writing Short Stories”

For some certain romantic reasons, a segment of the English-language reading population fell in love with Roberto Bolaño in the first few years of …

Literature

Lost in translation? Here’s my top 10 foreign novels

UK reading habits are an embarrassment, says the director of the Edinburgh international book festival. Let’s save his blushes and talk about translated literature<p>Thanks. Thanks a lot, Comment is free, for asking me to come up with a list of the top 10 “must read” translated novels. As one Twitter …

10 of the best museums in Europe… that you’ve probably never heard of

Head to Europe on a city break and a museum trip is likely, but why not take a detour from the big hitters and try one of these excellent alternatives instead?<p>Museum Kampa, Prague<p>A line of yellow penguins and a group of giant, faceless crawling babies marks the site of Museum Kampa, a modern art …

Picasso or bust: why Fox and other puritans find his work so shocking

In censoring the breasts in Women of Algiers during a TV report on its record-breaking sale, Fox proved the raw sexuality of his paintings is still vital<p>I am not surprised Fox has censored Picasso’s breasts. It is absurd and creepy to blur out the bosoms of his Women of Algiers in a report on the …

Top 5 Castle Hotels in the World

Sleep like a king (or queen) at these regal properties across the planet -- literally! From Medieval-style English manors to an Indian palace in the middle of a lake, GAYOT's Top 5 Castle Hotels give guests the royal treatment. Centuries-old architecture is complemented by modern amenities and …

Hospitality

No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.<p>If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in …

R.I.P. Blogging, Killed By Screenshorts

Late last year, Mat Honan wrote for Buzzfeed about “screenshorts”, a rising phenomenon on Twitter where people share their favorite quote of an article in a screenshot to avoid Twitter’s character count.<p>What’s most interesting about the rise of these screenshots on Twitter and other social media is …

Blogging

9 New Places You Must Add To Your Travel Bucket List

While seeing the places you know and are familiar with is all fine and well, sometimes, adventuring into the unknown can be immensely rewarding. The following nine places may be a bit remote, but they're absolute must-sees before age gets the best of you:<p><b>Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand</b><p>Milford …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

For great-value city breaks, look past the capitals and big names; some of Europe’s liveliest cultural scenes are in its smaller cities<p>Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture …

European Travel

Why plagiarize when you can rip off a writer’s thoughts?

I could frame this piece about plagiarism by starting with a little verse about a renowned professor who won his fame by appropriating the work of …

10 Famous Writers With Unsavory Second Careers

Writers lead crazy lives. Some, like Hunter S. Thompson or Graham Greene, even make this real-world insanity an integral part of their public image. …

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Renewable Energy

Why Tossing Pizza Dough Isn't Just For Show

It's a familiar scene: you're at a pizzeria and behind the counter you see disks of dough flying high into the air. Whether you've witnessed it in person or seen it in the movies, it's a familiar sight -- and one that makes us pretty hungry.<p>While this display seems like it's just for entertainment, …

Mel Ramos’s Life of Nudes and Superheroes

The artist Mel Ramos has painted naked women coming out of bananas, and inside martini glasses. Unsurprisingly his work is not loved by …

Art

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

The Meaning of Art? It’s Complicated

In Paris, a new show aims to encapsulate what art means, with digital technology, fashion, photography, and science—but is it convincing?<p>What …

MIT Media Lab

Search, book review: The new 'hinge' linking people and machines

The traditional search engine will evolve into a digital personal assistant that tracks your activities and automatically delivers helpful …

Why some authors turn away from big 5 publishing

<i>Bestselling Author Harry Bingham is the guest for Episode 30 of The Author Biz Podcast.</i><p>Podcast: Play in new window | Download |<p>Subscribe Apple …

93 Extremely Bad Business Writing Habits to Break

Simplify your writing by removing unnecessary words and phrases. We use weak, wordy sentences because we are lazy. It is easier to use the clichés …

Creative Writing

City of Love: romantic things to do in Paris

There is no escaping the romance of Paris. In the early 19th century Paris revelled in the artistic and literary liberation of Romanticism, yet this graceful city has always inspired love. It permeates through the city where loved-up couples laze in its manicured gardens, get intimate in candlelit …

The Secret to Having the Most Productive Writing Year Ever

by Guest BloggerThis guest post is by Kevin Kaiser. Kevin has helped authors reach over twenty million fans worldwide and make a living from doing …

Writing

David Best: the man who builds art – and burns it

American artist David Best is best known for his extraordinary, cathartic temples ritually sent up in flames as part of Nevada’s annual Burning Man festival. Now he has been persuaded to build a temple in Northern Ireland in honour of those who died in the Troubles… Below, Helen Marriage of …

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The Nature and Nurture of Genius: The Sweet Illustrated Story of How Henri Matisse’s Childhood Shaped His Creative Legacy

A heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness.<p>At 8PM on the last day of 1869, a little boy named Henri entered the world in a gray textile-mill town in the north of France, in a rundown two-room cottage with a leaky roof. He didn’t have much …

Literature

The 10 best cultural holidays in France for 2018

For more general advice on booking a holiday in France, see our France summer holidays guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for city, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p>1. Historic opera in Paris<p>This tour offers the chance to witness some of the world’s most …

France

Famous Literary Rejections

Creative Writing

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

European Travel