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The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers

<i>The following is adapted from a speech the author gave at the Whiting Writers’ Awards on March 5th.</i><p>When I had just finished my schooling and was looking for a job, a friend put me in touch with an absurdly well-connected British biographer who, she assured me, would help me find the professional …

Literature

22 Top CEOs Reveal Their Favorite Books (Infographic)

For your reading enjoyment, here's a list of favorite books from Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer, and more.<p>Just as the books U.S. presidents read shape their time in office, so do the titles that CEOs read during their tenure. Some reach for the classics like <i>The Catcher in the Rye.</i> …

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Three Arabic Poems Chosen for 50 Greatest Modern Love Poems List

<i>The poetry team at the Southbank Centre worked for a year to come up with this international list of the best 50 love poems of the last …

Richer and Poorer

Accounting for inequality.<p>For about a century, economic inequality has been measured on a scale, from zero to one, known as the Gini index and named after an Italian statistician, Corrado Gini, who devised it in 1912, when he was twenty-eight and the chair of statistics at the University of …

Income Inequality

Kino

The man always sat in the same seat, the stool farthest down the counter. When it wasn’t occupied, that is, but it was nearly always free. The bar was seldom crowded, and that particular seat was the most inconspicuous and the least comfortable. A staircase in the back made the ceiling slanted and …

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Northern Lights

Do the Scandinavians really have it all figured out?<p>Some say that the American Dream is not what it once was: wages are low, retirement is not a parachute glide but a plunge, and those chosen to fix such problems labor at undoing one another’s laws. For these doubters, there are the Swedes. On any …

Northern Lights

The History of “Loving” to Read

As a senior in college, I took a class on Jane Austen—a great class with, it must be said, a weird vibe. Almost all of the students were women (out of around a hundred people, only five or ten were men), and it was a hothouse of Jane Austen obsession. In the first lecture, the professor identified …

Literature

Read “Guantánamo Diary”

I don’t often recommend books; I figure that what you read is your business. But I can’t help thinking that everyone should read “Guantánamo Diary,” the newly published memoir by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a forty-four-year-old man who is, right now, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay. Slahi, a Mauritanian …

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

Recapture all of that youthful wonder.

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”, summarised in four paragraphs

It is the economics book that took the world by storm. <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>, written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was …

Best Books of 2014

The best books of the year, as chosen by The Wall Street Journal from more than 1,000 books reviewed, alongside a master list of the most-cited books on the best-of lists released so far this season.<p>WSJ Picks<p>Other Best-of Lists<p>WSJ’s Best-Of Lists<p>The best books of the year, as chosen by The Wall …

Miniaturist novel named Waterstones book of 2014

<b>A debut novel inspired by a dollhouse in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has been named Waterstones Book of the Year.</b><p>The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is the story of a young bride in a wealthy quarter of 17th Century Amsterdam.<p>As a wedding gift she is given a miniature replica of her own house whose …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

In the summer of 2011, American journalist Suki Kim got a job teaching English at the elite, all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the North Korean capital.<p>Kim, who was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 13, is a fluent Korean speaker and …

39 Classic Books Every Modern Gentleman Should Read

The only way to do that, to learn how to make sense of the world with your mind, is to consider a lot of different thoughts. By and large, the best of those thoughts can be found in books that have stood the test of time.<p>We have compiled a list of classics that can teach you how to think — about …

Scheherazade

Each time they had sex, she told Habara a strange and gripping story afterward. Like Queen Scheherazade in “A Thousand and One Nights.” Though, of course, Habara, unlike the king, had no plan to chop off her head the next morning. (She never stayed with him till morning, anyway.) She told Habara …

10 Beautiful Opening Lines of Books Will Remind You What Fantastic Writing Looks Like

It's a truth universally acknowledged: An author's first line can make or break a book. Celebrated texts are often identified not only by their …

Books

School Days

Whether you experience it vicariously through your children, or are simply reliving your own school days, it’s difficult when Labor Day comes around not to feel those old butterfly stirrings of anxiety and anticipation. School, from kindergarten to twelfth grade, is rich terrain for tumult and …

12 Classic Books That Will Change Your Life - Lifespan - Extending Your Mind and Body into the Future

Reading can become a serious but positive addiction once you indulge into it. Many studies and experiments have proved that books can have a huge …

The best books of 2014

The must-read novels, memoirs and history books of the year: if you're looking for a new book to read, this is a good place to start<p>Looking for something new to read? From the best children's and poetry books to failsafe gift and cookery books, you will find exactly what you are looking for.<p>There …

The Inspiring Stories Behind 15 Classic Novels

According to Jack London, "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." London himself took the inspiration for <i>The Call of the Wild</i> (1903) from his time spent living in Canada and Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush when high-quality sled dogs -- like those that feature in …

9 Books Billionaire Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he says. "We want to …

11 Books By CEOs That Will Teach You How To Run The World

But the ones worth reading ditch the platitudes in favor of instructive anecdotes — which is why they so often come from execs who have lived through it.<p>From fashion startups to automotive empires, here are the best leadership books from people who have led their companies to success.

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The Tree Line, Kansas, 1934

Five days of trading the field glasses and taking turns crawling back into the trees to smoke out of sight. Five days on surveillance, waiting to see if by some chance Carson might return to his uncle’s farm. Five days of listening to the young agent, named Barnes, as he recited verbatim from the …

50 Excellent Novels by Female Writers Under 50 That Everyone Should Read

It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, …

Books

What Do We See When We Read? (IMAGES)

What do we see when we read? Designer Peter Mendelsund, who's behind a few iconic covers you might've seen on bookshelves, poses the question in his new book, and, fittingly, answers it in an aesthetically pleasing way, alternating text-only pages with visualizations of his argument. Although we …

14 Books That Change When You Reread Them Later in Life

As you get older, you start seeing the world a little differently — the same goes for the books you read.<p>Whether it was a book you were forced to …

The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself

Not long ago, I unearthed a notebook I had long ago misplaced: a small blue ledger in which, for a period of about four years, I recorded the title of each book I was reading as I finished it. The record begins in mid-July of 1983, around the outset of the summer break before my penultimate year of …