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Get started with Midnight Commander, a Linux file manager

In my previous article, <i>8 Linux file managers to try</i>, I compared a number of file managers, but there was not enough space to go into detail about any …

50 Classic Books to Read When It's Too Cold to Go Outside

There’s something about cold weather that makes retreating to a cozy nook in your home with a good book and a cup of tea so appealing. While there …

Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

Photograph: Alamy<p>Erechtheion, an ancient greek temple in Athens.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/18/1434645426145/8b31809e-f42d-49db-a1bc-f4b224658737-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Erechtheion, an ancient greek temple in …

Cambridge University

Reasons you love your Chromebook!

While the Chromebook community spoke about the features they desire but lack in their current Chromebooks, <i>(with the occasional Mac user snide</i> …

Consumer Tech

Before Buying a Kindle, Consider the Physical Book’s Benefits

Amazon’s latest Kindle, the $249 New Kindle Oasis, is definitely appealing. It’s got a bigger screen, waterproofing, and Bluetooth support for …

Fixing Your Computer is Easier Than You Think

The cliché “knowledge is power” exists for a reason. When something goes wrong with our computers, many of us don’t know enough to determine if …

Obituary: Esperanto poet who was nominated for Nobel prize

A POET who was a candidate for the Nobel prize for literature has died aged 93.<p>Marjorie Boulton, who died on August 30, was a prolific author who …

Literature

Marjorie Boulton obituary

My friend Marjorie Boulton, who has died aged 93, was an Esperanto poet who was a candidate for the Nobel prize in literature in 2008. She was also an ambassador for the Esperanto community. A prolific author, she wrote plays, poems and prose in Esperanto that displayed all the poignancy and pathos …

Forget prophecy: the I Ching is an uncertainty machine – Will Buckingham

I stepped into the dark of the ramshackle hillside temple. It was a hot day, and the climb had been steep. There were no other tourists around. The …

Taoism

The trouble with democracy

Government shutdowns, petty policy squabbles, voter disaffection – democracy doesn't seem to work very well. But what's the alternative? And can we rely on muddling through?<p>It has been a bad few months for western democracy. Over the summer we discovered that while democratic citizens and their …

Brexit: a view from the other end of the telescope

Brexit is the incomprehension of a former imperial power, wistfully hoping to recreate a long-gone global sphere of influence. <i>Image: diamond geezer,</i> …

Great Britain

The 'I Ching' for Beginners

In a 1965 interview Bob Dylan described the Chinese Bronze Age classic, the <i>I Ching</i> or <i>Book of Change</i>, as "the only thing that is amazingly true, period." The great Chinese philosopher Cheng Yi of the eleventh century agreed: "The <i>I Ching</i> is grand in its scope; it is all-encompassing. To those who …

Triumph and Tragedy: Esperanto and the Russian Revolution - European studies blog

After some initial doubts by the Tzarist censors, the first decade of the 20th century was a period of good relations between Esperanto speakers and …

Friday 5: Creative apps for new iPad owners [Video]

We’ve heard from a number of people who recently purchased Apple’s just-released 2017 iPad. For most, if not all of these people, this was their first iPad, or their first new iPad in years.<p>A lot has changed since the iPad debuted. Tablets are much more capable from a hardware perspective, but …

Apple Pencil

View from above: How the modern map came to be

<i>Reading Ralph Aggas’s spatially flawed 1578 map of Oxford has been liked to flying slowly over the city in a balloon</i><p><i>By Dan McCannell</i><p>From the dawn of …

Many hands make Proust work

<b>Malcolm Bowie reviews a new edition of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu</b><p>When it comes to Proust, and to the prestige his single completed novel now enjoys, size matters. As do weight and density. Of course they do. The facts could not be plainer. The huge bulk of the book is an insolent bid …

Stripping Proust of prissiness

Graham Robb reviews a new edition of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu<p>Marcel Proust's epic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu, has spent most of its first century in the gilded dustbin marked "Great Works of Modern Literature". Christopher Prendergast, the general editor of this new …

Style Over Substance

Jun 16, 2014<p>23 Min read time<p>William Carter revisits the original C.K. Scott Moncrieff translation to celebrate the centennial of <i>Swann's Way.</i> Why turn …

Reviving the dread deity

<b>In Search of Lost Time</b> <br>by Marcel Proust<br>3,300pp, Penguin, £75<p>In the early volumes of In Search of Lost Time , the young Marcel is forever falling in love with people and places at the drop of their names, spinning out of the phonemes of "La Berma" (an actress renowned for her performance as Phèdre), …

A woman in love

One good reason to re-read the first volumes of In Search of Lost Time is the new translation by Lydia Davis, blemished only by the irritating academic tic of putting numbers to references reasonably obvious to Proust readers, like Tristan and Isolde (6). Even that is tolerable after a while and …

Botticelli's fresco of Jethro's daughter Zipporah, taken as a likeness of Odette de Crecy. In Swann in Love.

Gripping and banal, charged and tedious – my summer with Proust

I don’t keep diaries, so I don’t know the year, but some time in the late 1980s I was spending the summer in a borrowed flat in Edinburgh. I had finished an art degree, my friends had left the city and all the usual distractions had gone. I didn’t have much money and my social life was minimal. I …

Proust on Why We Read

“The end of a book’s wisdom appears to us as merely the start of our own, so that at the moment when the book has told us everything it can, it gives rise to the feeling that it has told us nothing.”<p>How is it that tiny black marks on a white page or screen can produce such enormous ripples in the …

Paris

How the French Reread Proust

Dante in Italy, Cervantes in Spain, Shakespeare in England, Goethe in Germany—each is almost unanimously considered his country’s greatest writer. …

Six Reasons Why You Must Read Proust

July, 2006: At the corner of 114th and Broadway, Linda the bookseller held court in a deck chair that seemed somehow aggrieved by the role it played. …

Really, Here’s Why You Should Read Proust

<i>In Search of Lost Time,</i> like many great literary works, is a quest whose structure resembles that of a symphony. The novel’s major themes—love, art, …