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9 mind-blowing concepts from Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling books

Each of his five books has become a best-seller, thanks to his incomparable ability to marry storytelling to social-science theory.<p><i>This is an update of an article originally written by Aimee Groth and Elizabeth Bogner.</i>

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On the Red Couch with Author and Physician Deepak Chopra

Inside Flipboard / December 5, 2013<p>It’s not every day that red couch interviewees respond to our questions with quotes like, “Healing is the return …

The Direct Path to Self-Awareness

<b>The hidden power of the shadow.</b><p><i>"You can learn more about yourself in a week in a marriage than you can meditating for 10 years in a cave."</i> -- Stephen Levine<p>Carl Jung referred to as the "shadow" as the parts of ourselves that we judge as undesirable and try to conceal. One of the underlying …

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REVIEW: 'The Past' ★★★ 1/2

In an earlier Asghar Farhadi film, "About Elly," a divorcing character says: "A bitter end is much better than a bitterness without ending." Neither option provides much ease. In the right hands, however, both yield infinite dramatic riches.<p>Writer-director Farhadi's new film is "The Past." It has …

Ebert documentary, 'Life Itself,' gets thumbs up ★★★ 1/2

The documentary "Life Itself," directed by Steve James of "Hoop Dreams" and "The Interrupters" and based on the late Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir, could have settled for well-meaning hagiography or a feature-length pitch for sainthood. Many of Ebert's far-flung fans and admirers, along with the …

Life-Tracking App Expereal Is Your Personal Weapon Against Cognitive Biases

Emotions play tricks on our memories, making our recollections of events much happier or heart-wrenching than they actually were. Smartphone app Expereal seeks to cut through those cognitive traps by allowing you to rate your day on a 10-point scale and organizing that data into easy-to-read charts.<p>…

Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

If you've ever caught yourself scanning a room for outlets, or worrying about how long you can eke out a charge on your phone, then this collection of battery-saving Android apps is for you.<p>These apps are helpful even if you've got a built-in battery-saving feature to help you in a dire situation, …

The Best of Esther Williams

America's mermaid passed away Thursday at 91 years old. Take a look back at some of her most famous underwater on-screen moments.<p>06.06.13 3:41 PM ET

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Must-see morning clip: Daniel Bergner explains what women want on “Colbert”

The “What Do Women Want?” author argues that contrary to popular wisdom, women are more promiscuous than men<p>Prachi Gupta<p>June 12, 2013 1:18pm (UTC)<p>Last night, "What Do Women Want?" author Daniel Bergner appeared on "The Colbert Report" to dispel one of the greatest modern myths of human sexuality: …

The Big Idea: Eve Ensler

As a third-year medical student on my psychiatry rotation, I met a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down. No physical cause for her disability …

York Prep Teacher Asks Students To Compose Suicide Notes In School Assignment

The drama over school-assigned suicide notes continues.<p>According to a recent New York Post article, one parent is upset after students at York Prep in Manhattan were asked to write suicide notes from the perspective of a suicidal character in the book <i>The Secret Life Of Bees</i>. The assignment, which …

Mary Kay Andrews Has Created the Perfect Summer Read

Mary Kay Andrews is the maven of summer reading. She has come to this area of expertise by crafting some of the most enjoyable summer stories of the past decade. With her latest novel, <i>Ladies' Night</i>, she has sealed this crown in perpetuity. This is her best book yet, and it combines all of the …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of June 13, 2013 : NPR

Editor’s choice: The best of the bestsellers

The Globe's Book editors reveal their select list of the week's top titles:<p>1. <b>And the Mountains Echoed</b> By Khaled Hosseini (Viking Canada, $30)<p>2. <b>Joyland</b> By Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, $12.95)<p>Who says everything's online these days? Stephen King has decreed that his new novel, a house-of-horrors …

Lauren B. Davis: ‘It’s always about compassion’

Lauren B. Davis's new novel, <i>The Empty Room</i>, is a harrowing glimpse into the world of alcoholism. Based in part on Davis's own experience with addiction, the book follows a day in the life of Colleen Kerrigan, whose world is unravelling. Davis's previous book, <i>Our Daily Bread</i>, was nominated for the …

Family Tragedy With A Hollywood Connection In 'Run, Brother, Run'

David Berg is a big-name Texas lawyer who founded his own firm and has won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He's also been a civil rights activist and a Clarence Darrow-style defender of the damned: disgraced politicians, grungy protesters and celebrities.<p>But until now, with the release of his …

I Know What You Should Be Reading This Summer

Ah, summer. I believe it is finally here (I have my doubts because I saw snow fly a couple of weeks ago), and so I thought I'd put together a list of books I'd be reading this summer if I hadn't already read them. Trust me, each of these books is a pure, page-turning pleasure and beautifully …

Christina Hendricks to Star in Adaptation of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer

Writer-director Campbell Scott’s forthcoming adaptation of Joan Didion’s <i>A Book of Common Prayer</i> – and today’s news that Christina Hendricks has …

Diary of a Madwoman: Emily Blunt Replaces Emma Watson in 'Your Voice in My Head'

Virgin. Whore. Long-suffering wife. Plucky survivor. Warrior goddess. Mysteriously single marriage material. Madwoman.<p>The array of female archetypes …

Spoiler Alert: 'John Dies at the End' May Be 2013's Cult Film of the Year

"John Dies At The End" only came out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, skipping theaters almost entirely. However, since Sundance last year, it's built …

Matthew Quick's New Novel to Be Adapted by 'Smashed' Director, James Ponsoldt

The Weinstein Company's decision to pounce on the film rights to Matthew Quick’s yet-to-be-released second novel, <i>Forgive Me Leonard Peacock</i>, and …

'Dexter' Cancelled: Mercy Killing or Murder?

When Showtime decided to end Dexter’s killing spree at the close of the show’s eighth season, viewers responded with a mixture of relief, …

Tracy Letts's August Osage County Gets the Hollywood Treatment

The trailer for John Wells's adaptation of Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama <i>August Osage County</i> debuted this morning to theatrical head …

The Best of Cannes 2013: Yes, That Includes James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying'

James Franco seems to take a certain pride in his power to incite the kind of blinding rage that sends reasonable people grasping for their …

Divorce Courting: Q&A with 'What Maisie Knew' Directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee

Henry James' place in the pantheon of nineteenth-century novelists was cemented long ago, thanks to his stockpile of classics, including <i>The Turn of</i> …

Before 'Before Midnight': The Literary Ethan Hawke

Words allure Ethan Hawke. Since his breakout role in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society” as a shy student who finds fortitude through poetry, he’s crafted a …