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35 Perfect Examples of the Art of the Short Story

People can argue all day about the greatest novels, but there is never enough discussion about short story collections. In honor of the first …

Read the Short Story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

You can now read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the short story by James Thurber that forms the basis of the upcoming Ben Stiller movie, for free …

What We Talk About When We Talk About a Couple of Carver's Short Stories

Yesterday I got roasted for a Comedy Central program that will air on Labor Day. Naturally, that made me think of Raymond Carver, the American short story writer who's regarded as one of the masters of the form, even though he isn't all that funny.<p>Yesterday I was roasted for a Comedy Central …

Writing

RIP, the middle class: 1946-2013

The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen<p>I know I’m dating myself by writing this, but I remember the middle class.<p>I grew up in an automaking town in the 1970s, when it was still possible for a high school graduate -- or even a high …

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

Van Morrison: The Poet

The scholar, dreamer, dancer and one of the few originals in rock parses out his lyrics and blues<p><i>In a 1971 review of the album 'His Band and the</i> …

Literature

Epic Trailer for THE HOLLOW CROWN with Tom Hiddleston and Patrick Stewart

Winning the Common Core

<i>Perhaps because Americans as a nation have a gift for organizing, we tend to meet any new situation by reorganization, and a wonderful method it is</i> …

25 Crowdsourced Covers For Literary Classics

A few months back, we wrote about a project called Recovering the Classics, which planned to crowdsource enticing new covers for 50 literary classics–great books like <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>, <i>Grimm’s Fairy Tales</i>, <i>Frankenstein</i>, and <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. By now, the masses have had time to file an incredible …

Literature

How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

Wrap it inside parchment paper with some other ingredients and it cooks itself.<p>Cooking fish can be intimidating. It's messy, it has a tendency to dry out, and flipping it midway through cooking often makes it fall apart. Which sucks, because fish is delicious and good for you. But there is another …

Washed Out

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, …

Books

Count Basie and His Orchestra concert

• <b>1</b> <b>Unknown</b> <b>05:01</b>• <b><br>2</b> <b>Unknown</b> <b>04:21</b>• <b><br>3</b> <b>April In Paris</b> <b>03:19</b>• <b><br>4</b> <b>Unknown</b> <b>08:11</b>• <b><br>5</b> <b>Unknown</b> <b>02:44</b>• <b><br>6</b> <b>It's Only A Paper Moon</b> <b>00:37</b>• <b><br>7</b> <b>Meet Me In The Bottom</b> <b>02:14</b>• <b><br>8</b> <b>Unknown</b> <b>01:42</b>

Orchestras

Paris Review - Anne Carson, The Art of Poetry No. 88

Interviewed by Will Aitken<p>Issue 171, Fall 2004<p>Anne Carson and I first met in 1988 at a writers’ workshop in Canada, and have been reading each other’s work ever since. The interview that follows is a mix of our usual conversation and discussion about topics that preoccupy Carson’s work—mysticism, …

Literature

Shakespeare defined our concept of nothingness

“If it be nothing I shall not need spectacles”<p>Few things, to judge by his works, so fascinated William Shakespeare as the presence of absence: the lacuna where there ought to be abundance — of will, or judgment, or understanding. It looms large in the lives of many of his characters, so powerful in …

Percy Bysshe Shelley read by Dominic West and Alan Cox

Choose from the following list of poems written by Percy Bysshe Shelley and performed by Dominic West and Alan Cox. Each link will take you to a …

Paul Oakenfold - Radio 1 Essential Mix, Live from Amnesia, Ibiza 10-08-2003

Amnesia

The Week’s Best Longreads for August 3, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By Lucas Wittmann.<p><b>NirvanaAdam Johnson, Esquire</b>We don’t really recommend …

The Paris Review

The Taliban is not the biggest barrier to education for Malala's peers

Last October, the Taliban thought they had solved a problem. When one of its gunmen shot a 15-year-old girl in the head for publicly opposing a ban …

Dinner Tonight: Indian Burrito with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tomato

My wife has demanded politely suggested I create something like this, but I valiantly resisted for four months. Though the beloved oversized Mexican dish (or is it Californian?) shares certain similarities with the kati roll, it's not exactly the same thing. And if I couldn't track down the …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

Spectacular landscapes in HQ

Earth is a spectacularly beautiful, diverse place: filled to the brim with millions of species of plants and animals, mindblowing features that seem …