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Holocaust law wields a 'blunt instrument' against Poland's past

<b>In 2012, Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic gaffe that set off a small diplomatic crisis - he referred to the "Polish" - and not "Nazi" - death camps of the Second World War.</b><p>For Poles, it was an acutely painful faux-pas. The nation has for years objected to the term "Polish death camps", saying …

World History

The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: old and complex. …

Literature

The 20 greatest Oscar snubs ever – Ranked!

From Alfred Hitchcock to River Phoenix, from Taxi Driver to Brokeback Mountain, here are 20 instances where the Academy Awards flubbed their lines<p><b>1. Alfred Hitchcock</b><p>And the Oscar goes to … the wrong film or person, most of the time. This we know. But for proof of the seemingly unbridgeable chasm …

Charlie Chaplin

10 Great Christmas-Adjacent Movies That Aren’t Die Hard

Whenever we discuss our favorite Christmas movies, there’s always that one guy (and it’s always a guy) who chimes in, “What about <i>Die Hard</i>?” In fact, …

Die Hard

Top 10s | Page 5 of 38 | Books | The Guardian

Authors choose their favourite books on their chosen theme<p>Shipwrecks, storms and unlucky fisherman – here are some of the best accounts of humans at sea, spanning fiction and incredible true stories<p>Published: 10:37 AM<p>From true accounts of harrowing ascents, to more fantastic ventures in Shangri-La …

Books

100 Must-Read Classics in Translation

If ever there was a time to read books from different cultures and time periods, this is it. We have so much information and so many stories from …

Literature

The Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017

Political news dominated not only headlines in 2017, but the biggest, splashiest book titles of the year as well, from Ta-Nehisi Coates reflecting on …

From Frederick Douglass to Edith Wharton: Portraits of Influential Atlantic Contributors

This author-themed tour of our history commemorates these writers and the magazine’s 160th anniversary.<p>At the time of its first issue in November 1857, the magazine, then <i>The Atlantic Monthly</i>, billed itself as a “journal of literature, politics, science, and the arts.” Since then, the magazine has …

Literature

How to convert any file to any format

Organize your work your way.<p>A file's format—the way that it's saved and encoded—determines what you can do with it and which programs can open it. (You can check its format by looking at the file name's extension.) Think of each format like a different language, with some only understood by …

Software

20 books everyone should read in their 30s

These classic books are worth reading at any age, but the more life experience you have, the more fulfilling you'll find them.<p>From New York Times bestsellers to cult classics, to stories with motivating life lessons, here are 20 books that everyone should read in their 30s, in no particular order.

13 Overrated Literary Classics, and What to Read Instead

The best air purifier

<i>By Tim Heffernan and John Holecek</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After carrying out 300 …

The brilliant book that inspired Dune author Frank Herbert

That science-fiction extravaganza Dune allegorizes contemporary themes of imperialism, economic addiction to oil, and religious war is obvious. But …

Top 10 books about consciousness

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life<p>What is consciousness? At first blush this question appears to be rather simple, but with further investigation, it quickly …

Books

10 Best Movies We Saw at 2017 Toronto Film Festival

From Louis C.K.'s cringe-comedy to a female coming-of-age movie, a tennis-coach doc to 'The Disaster Artist' – our picks for the best of the fest<p>We …

Film Festivals

The Best Way to Read John le Carré’s George Smiley Books

Nearly three decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the U.S.S.R., John le Carré retired his greatest character, the …

Books

The 28 best films of all time you've probably never seen

In 2017, we had "La La Land" and "Moonlight," while 2016 saw "Deadpool," "Rogue One," and "Finding Dory" take the stage.<p>With so much attention on these superstar blockbusters, it becomes far too easy for a quality movie to fall through the cracks — even with a star-studded cast and reputable …

LISTEN: 11 podcasts that dive into human history

From Malcolm Gladwell to “The History Chicks,” these shows explore an eternal question: “How did we get here?”<p>To understand where humanity is heading next, it helps to understand where we've been. There's nothing dry or dusty about the 11 history shows in this collection: they go deep into US and …

Top 10 secrets in fiction

From the hidden passions of Mrs Dalloway to Patrick Bateman’s murderous designs, these books expose a subject we all privately love<p>People love secrets, and the pleasure of uncovering them. I don’t read many crime novels or thrillers, it is the small revelations of life that excite me. The butterfly …

Books

The 15 best poetry books of all time

Literature

Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers – part one

A plagiarist in a kitchen and a horse walking into a bar; Dublin crimes and Washington misdemeanours; relationships, revolutions and relaxations ... leading writers reveal their summer recommendations<p>And if you only have time for one book... the best of the best<p>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>A book I …

Books

Top 10 Shakespearean stories in modern fiction

Countless books have the Bard’s dramas at their core. From Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to Withnail and I, here are some of the best<p>Some years ago, I went to see a production of King Lear and read a theory in the programme that he married twice. Regan and Goneril were the children of his first marriage …

Literature

Outskirts by John Grindrod review – in praise of Britain’s in-between bits

The author of Concretopia turns his eye to those places that are neither town nor country in this well-researched book<p>At a time when political parties seem to be eyeing up the green belt as a potential site for housing, John Grindrod’s salutary memoir-cum-meditation is a reminder that not …

Books

How to Enter 'DFU Mode' on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

DFU mode, short for <i>Device Firmware Update</i>, allows you to restore your iOS device from any state. When enabled, DFU mode allows your device to …

The Brazilian Novelist Who Inspired Borges, Márquez, and Amado

Machado De Assis’ 1881 “posthumous novel” is a seminal text for Latin American mastersMachado De AssisA few months ago, I was talking books with a …

Literature

How Islamic is Islamic State? Shiraz Maher's new book investigates

Maher's Salafi-Jihadism: the History of an Idea draws on research and the author's personal experience to investigate the ideology which drives …

Challenging Mainstream Thought About Beauty’s Big Hand in Evolution

Not long ago, a physicist at Stanford posed a rhetorical question that took me by surprise.<p>“Why is there so much beauty?” he asked.<p>Beauty was not what I was thinking the world was full of when he brought it up. The physicist, Manu Prakash, was captivated by the patterns in seawater made as starfish …

University of Michigan

Paul Theroux's 6 favorite books

<b>The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West</b> (New Directions, $13).<p>The ultimate novel of Hollywood, written by a native (and the author of the masterpiece</i> …

Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue

<b>“Splendid” —New York Times<br>“Mind-bending.” —Wall Street Journal<br>“Brilliantly original. The best new novel I’ve read this year.” —Salman</b> …

Book review: The Day That Went Missing, by Richard Beard

Richard Beard is one of those infuriatingly unclassifiable writers. Not the least of the virtues of this immensely plangent memoir is that he has …