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China’s best-kept food secret, revealed by Fuchsia Dunlop

Fuchsia Dunlop on her passion for the Jiangnan cuisine, plus recipes from her new book, including oil-exploded prawns and clear-steamed sea bass<p>In the fourth century, a Chinese official, Zhang Han, is said to have abandoned his post in the north of the country, unable any longer to endure his …

'Reap what you sow': families of seized lawyers send public warning to China

Open letter released on anniversary of human rights crackdown says Beijing’s campaign of fear will not stop them<p>The wives of some of China’s most prominent civil rights lawyers have issued an emotional and spirited plea for their release, one year after they were seized by police during a …

6 traits of great writing—according to a fourth-grade teacher

I’ve written several posts about my 10-year-old son and his developing writing skills. And though he may not share my alacrity for writing, his …

25 Japanese recipes easy enough to make at home

Sure, you love sushi and ramen. But you'll fall even harder for Japanese food when you try these recipes.

50 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Authors

One of the questions I'm asked on a daily basis is some form of, "I want to become an author. Can you help?" There are certainly better people to ask than me. But after writing hundreds of articles and nine books in 15 years -- both traditionally published and self-published, both non-fiction and …

Writing

Want your child to get into college and have a good life? Here’s how.

By Allison Slater Tate<p>A few weeks ago, I sat in a high school auditorium with a hundred other parents and listened while guidance counselors gently, sometimes haltingly, listed the state requirements for graduation for the incoming freshmen, our children, the Class of 2020. They then went on to …

The 13 Best Abs Exercises You Can Do Standing Up

We get it: You don't always want to do crunches or planks or even use gym equipment to work your abs. Luckily, you don't have to. If you've never …

Workouts

Study reveals awfulness of Canadian investor immigration; income tax averages C$1,400 per millionaire

At last week’s “emergency meeting” on Vancouver housing affordability, local MLA David Eby struck a chord in his opening remarks.<p>“We have every …

Celebrated Poet, Essayist And 'Legends Of The Fall' Author Jim Harrison Dead At 78

He reportedly died with a “pen in hand.”<p>Jim Harrison, one of the most prolific writers in contemporary American fiction, died on Saturday in his Patagonia, Arizona home. He was 78.<p>His publisher, Grove Atlantic, confirmed the news, The New York Times reported. The cause of death has yet to be …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Inspirational writing advice from Louisa May Alcott and 26 other great women authors

The math behind Beethoven’s music (in TED-Ed GIFs)

How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going …

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

You drop a glass while making breakfast. You get stuck in traffic on your way to work. Your boss yells at you for being late. Congratulations! <i>You’re</i> …

Amygdala

The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.

THE other morning, I woke up and brewed a cup of Mindful Lotus tea ($6 for 20 bags). On the subway, I loaded the Headspace app on my iPhone and followed a guided mindfulness exercise ($13 a month for premium content). Later in the day, I dropped by Mndfl, a meditation studio in Greenwich Village …

'Seymour' is Ethan Hawke's moving look at pianist Bernstein

Ethan Hawke's documentary on pianist Seymour Bernstein is very much like the sonatas Bernstein plays so beautifully, teaches so insightfully — quietly moving, infinitely deep.<p>With "Seymour: An Introduction," the actor is making his documentary directing debut, and it's a modest but affecting one. …

Lives of the cellists

By Anne Midgette<p>, Classical music critic<p>David Teie is a 59-year-old cellist who also happens to do scientific research. Quiet, deliberate of speech, with ideas visibly percolating before they come flowing out of his mouth, he sat in a windowless dressing room backstage at the Kennedy Center on a …

Flute

Stop 'Defending' Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the "keep music because it helps with other things" pieces out there.<p>I …

Johann Sebastian Bach: Leading soloists on the mastery and mystery of the genius composer

In 1977, Nasa's two Voyager space probes began an endless mission across the Milky Way that has already sent Voyager One beyond the borders of our …

Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music<p>Most of us have known this for years, but it seems that research by the Royal College of Music’s …

Not Into Bach? Take a Little Ride...

Anyone who can recall the ballistic fascination of their first pop-up reader would thrill at opening Steven Hancoff's newly released e-book "J. Sebastian Bach: Pablo Casals and the Six Suites for 'Cello Solo." As with other deeply inspired oeuvres, the artist had no thought of a mammoth …

eBooks

Amazing Benefits Of Listening to Classical Music

The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to …

Exercise

[Viral Now] How to Start Listening to Classical Music and Enjoy It

The love of classical music is not dead; it’s still active in the sense that it is dying. To start listening to classical music, all you ne...<p>A+ …

Funeral Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Take the potatoes out of the freezer while you …

15 Things Millennials Do in Their Spare Time to Set Themselves Up for Success

Your twenties are the time establish great life habits.<p>We all define "success" differently, but most 20-somethings associate it with happiness, good health, a strong social network, and a well-balanced life.<p>According to experts, how you spend your downtime plays a huge part in your ability to …

One Bite And You'll See Why This Cheesecake Is So Well Loved In Italy And Beyond!

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake<p>Save<p>A few bites of cheesecake normally leaves you feeling overstuffed– it’s one of the heaviest desserts out there. …

Exploding The Myth Of 'Unengaged' Students

Jordan Shapiro drew a lot of attention this year with his four misconceptions about the future of education. As with much of his work, he tries to take a cattle prod to the conventional education narrative.<p>In an era of highly polarized ed debates, Shapiro doesn't fit neatly into any of the …

Teaching

How Parents And Teachers Can Nurture The 'Quiet Power' Of Introverts

When Susan Cain wrote <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i> in 2012, it was a big success. The book made the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine, spent weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> best-sellers list and was the subject of one of the most-watched TED Talks, with more than 13 million views.<p>…

Teaching

Julie Burchill's son committed suicide, coroner rules

Columnist Julie Burchill's son, Jack Landesman, 29, lay dead for up to a week before his body was found<p>The son of columnist Julie Burchill killed himself after battling mental health problems.<p>Jack Landesman, 29, was found dead slumped on the floor of his bedroom by his housemates in his North …

Piano Music and Theory Books for Young Pianists

Ever since my mom started teaching my kids piano via Facetime, she and I have been researching piano curriculum options to find the best piano music …

Piano

Watch Una Corda, a software piano with a difference

The piano has been living with a beautiful legacy, but that legacy can double as tyranny. The Steinway Model D, favorite instrument of mine that it …