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Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Contemporary fiction is overrated’

The author famed for his self-revelation explains why his new series forsakes inner turmoil to focus on the outside world<p>Karl Ove Knausgaard is the Norwegian author of <i>My Struggle</i>, an acclaimed autobiographical novel (the sixth and final volume will be published in English in September) that has …

Books

Your Favorite Poems on Hard Times

Many readers are joining our staff in sharing favorite poems this month. Alba writes:<p>I could never take Charles Bukowski seriously. His books always seemed to be props for a certain type of guy I was endlessly attracted to. These guys were never into Wallace Stevens, say, or Lucille Clifton, just …

Literature

Poem of the Day: ‘The Lesson’ by Philip Levine

In “The Lesson,” from our October 2003 issue, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine imagines a conversation with a sage, cigarette-smoking doctor against an industrial backdrop. At one point, the poem’s speaker recalls his birth into this setting:<p>Years before, before the invention of smog,<p>As he …

Literature

How to Get Cheap Tickets to Broadway Shows (Even ‘Hamilton’)

Finding cheap tickets to a show has never been easier. From lotteries to apps, we’ve put together a guide to scoring tickets without breaking the bank. “Hamilton” included.<p><b>Lotteries</b><p>The idea behind a lottery is simple: you submit your name and cross your fingers that it gets drawn. There are two …

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016

From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening<p>Gone are the days of explaining what a podcast is: The arrival of money to the form and a continued increase in listeners has led to another banner year and the premiere of hundreds of shows to suit any listener’s audio …

Kristen Wiig

Leonard Cohen's 14 albums: from (relatively) worst to best

Leonard Cohen made 14 studio albums in his 48-year-long musical career. He was not exactly a fast worker, famously writing and rewriting verses and claiming it could take him years to complete a song, but in so doing he showed a care for the lyrical form and its relation to melody that few …

Literature

10 terrifying books to read when you’re feeling spooky

Horror movies are on every Halloween fan’s to-do list during the month of October. It’s fun to have a reason for a re-watch.<p>But it’s also an …

These are David Bowie’s favorite albums of all-time

A list of David Bowie’s 25 favorite records has emerged from <i>Vanity Fair</i>’s archives, thanks to <i>Open Vulture</i>.<p>In the 2003 interview, the late music icon …

9 indie tabletop games that will make game night fun again

If you haven’t played a board game in a while, you’re probably thinking “Board games? Like <i>Monopoly</i>?” That’s a classic for sure, but the indie board …

Board Games

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Government

A brief survey of the short story: David Foster Wallace

For all its elaborate formal tricks, Wallace’s work is marked by a deep desire for authentic connection, to his subjects and to his readers<p>David Foster Wallace was a maximalist. His masterpiece, Infinite Jest, is a 1,000-page, polyphonic epic about addiction and obsession in millennial America. His …

Literature

The Right Way to Drink Scotch in the Summer

Break out of whiskey geek prison by picking up a delicious bottle of blended Scotch. And add ice. Lots of it.<p>Fifty years ago, American magazines were …

Alcohol

The Magic of the Lord of the Rings Books Is in Their Emotional Texture

<i>This piece was originally published in New America’s digital magazine,</i> <i>the</i> New America Weekly<i>. It is the first entry in Summer Reading, a series about</i> …

Literature

6 keys to raising brilliant children, according to developmental psychologists

The authors of a new book, "Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children," have put together a framework based on their own experiences with children and evidence gathered from years of research in child development.<p>Co-authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff, …

Kids

Everything you need to make your Dungeons & Dragons game awesome

So, you’re running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign! Congratulations! Being a Dungeon Master is a completely different experience from being a player …

Board Games

PUNCH | The Rise of Baltimore's Orange Crush Cocktail

Phil Lewis’ right side is bigger than his left.<p>It’s a common physical trait among the staff at Harborside Bar & Grill in West Ocean City, Maryland, …

Greg Jackson's top 10 books to make you a better person

Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life,” wrote Thoreau, …

How you can get into classical music: a beginner's guide

So, you want to explore <b>classical music</b>? The first question must be: where to start? The most obvious fact about classical music is that it’s absolutely huge. It stretches back at least 500 years, and over the past century has roamed away from its ancestral homeland in Europe to embrace the whole …

Flute

Research Links Heavy Facebook And Social Media Usage To Depression

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine recently conducted a study about the effects of social media habits on the moods of users. The research determined that the more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to be depressed. The findings from this study …

Social Media

Paul Westerberg Remembers Prince: 'I Can't Think of Anyone Better'

Replacements frontman recalls late star's impact on Minneapolis scene<p><i>Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg was a teenage punk-rocker when he had his</i> …

Mick Jagger

How to Buy the Best Turntable and Stereo System for Your Record Collection

The good news—or bad news, depending on how much of a do-it-yourselfer you are—is that there's no single right way to set up a vinyl-friendly stereo system. Ben Blackwell, a longtime record collector who handles manufacturing and vinyl distribution at Third Man Records, a leading label behind the …

Audiophile

The Patron Saint of Inner Lives

Wallace Stevens answered ultimate questions in language no one had used before.<p>G“reat geniuses have the shortest biographies,” Emerson wrote. “Their cousins can tell you nothing about them. They lived in their writings, and so their house and street life was trivial and commonplace.” This may not …

Literature

40 Great Books Coming to a Screen Near You

Avid readers are familiar with the joys and sorrows of film and tv adaptations: for every awesome movie that brings your favorite characters to life, …

Karl Ove Knausgaard: the shame of writing about myself

As the penultimate volume of the controversial six-book literary phenomenon My Struggle is published in English, Karl Ove Knausgaard reflects on exposing intimate details of his life and his family to write his epic ‘non-fiction novel’<p>It was a summer’s day 18 years ago and I was sitting in a car …

How to Concoct, Savour and Serve Four Classic Cocktails

Rising mixologist Sean Blake reveals the best way to create and serve his very favourite beverages<p>“Being in the particular the elucidation of the …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

Streaming

David Bowie: five legendary US TV appearances

From Soul Train to Saturday Night Live, David Bowie shocked and delighted US viewers with avant garde presentations of his most significant songs<p>As one of the first artists to realise that music, fashion and theatre could be brought together on stage or on TV to create something uniquely potent, …