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22 Books Every Twentysomething Guy Needs To Read

These works of art will literally make you a better man.

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

And you thought your reading list was long already...

6 ways to make people think you’ve read 'Infinite Jest'

David Foster Wallace's now-classic novel <i>Infinite Jest</i> published 20 years ago Monday, and is considered the classic grunge-era novel. But I didn't …

The Philosophers

Our System<p>A philosopher had spent his lifetime pondering the nature of knowledge and was ready at last to write down his conclusions. He took out a sheet of white paper and a pen. But he noticed, upon lifting the pen, a slight tremor in his hand. Hours later he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

The Irresistible Psychology of Fairy Tales

How can we parse our curious fascination with fairy tales, which persists while the times change and we change with them? The years between 2010 and …

9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

Readers' top 10 best books of 2015

2015 in review,Best books of the year,Culture,Fiction,Biography,Books,Best books,Autobiography and memoir,Best books of 2015<p>After authors and reviewers chose their favourite books of the year, it’s time to let Guardian readers speak – here are your most-beloved books of 2015

Books

The Best Books of 2015: Sunday Times Book Reviewers Choose Their Top Reads of the Year

<i>Published in the Sunday Times</i> <b><br>Sunday Times book reviewers look back at 2015 and name their books of the year.</b><p><b>Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor</b> …

ABC: The Art of Blending Coffee

Inside the Starbucks® cupping room<p>Blending world-class coffees together opens the door to create flavors and experiences unlike anything else. Andrew …

13 Great Books That Mirror The Complexities Of Family, Both Chosen And Not

Sometimes we need to sit with fake lives in order to contend with our real ones.<p>We are who we surround ourselves with. In some cases, we are able to pick who that is, as with our close friends and lovers. Other times, we are handed a group of individuals that, at first glance, doesn't sync with our …

How to: The Pour Over

A step-by-step video<p>Not too heavy and not too light, the pour-over produces a cup of coffee that in Starbucks partner Chris Smith’s words, “is just …

25 Essential Books About Death and Grief

If there’s one thing that every human on this earth has in common, it is that, at some point, we will have to deal with death. And while the contours …

Here's the grueling process it takes to put together a single episode of 'SNL'

It takes a lot to pull off a brand new, live 90 minutes of television every week.<p>When you work for "Saturday Night Live," your work schedule tends to be kind of crazy.<p>The "Saturday Night Live" schedule has been in place for 40 years, and while a weekly live sketch show can be hit-or-miss, this …

How To: The Coffee Press

A step-by-step video<p>Starbucks® partner Chad Moore explains why the coffee press is his favorite brewing method, and shows you how to make a great cup.<p>…

Coffee

21 "Harry Potter" Fanfictions To Read Before You Die

Because the magic never has to end.<p><b>Word count:</b> 563,028<p><b>Rating:</b> R<p><b>Author Summary:</b> "Who would expect that sharing a simple kiss with his best friend was all it needed to begin a journey far beyond his greatest imagination? Soul-bond fic."<p>"Probably one of the best 'soul-bond' Harry Potter fics I've ever …

House Of Leaves author Mark Danielewski on five books that are disturbing but beautiful

<i>With Reading List,</i> The A.V. Club <i>asks one of our favorite pop-culture creators to describe a list of reading materials that are tied together by a</i> …

Books

“We’re dying in here, miss, we’re dying!”: Horrors I saw in solitary confinement

<b>(AP/Ted S. Warren)</b><p>“If these inmates didn’t have mental health issues before they entered solitary, they do now”<p>Mary E. Buser<p>October 18, 2015 9:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “LOCKDOWN ON RIKERS”<p>At the end of a long cinder-block corridor, a correction officer in an elevated booth passes the time with a …

Mental Health

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Libraries

Old Masters of Science Fiction: Rediscovering Roger Zelazny

4675 Books , Media 3 years ago Gail Brooke 0<p>I discovered Roger Zelazny by happy accident. I was browsing the stacks of science fiction and fantasy at …

31 Insanely Clever Ways To Organize Your Tiny Kitchen

Storage, maximized.

Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this sci-fi novel, which is also a favorite of Elon Musk's

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 13th pick, he's gone with "The Player of Games" by the late Iain M. Banks.<p>It's a sci-fi novel that's part of Banks' "Culture" series, which takes place in a futuristic utopian society …

Mark Zuckerberg

These are the Latin American authors you should be reading this summer

For many years Latin American writers complained of living under the shadow of their predecessors: the heavyweights of magical realism like Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa or Carlos Fuentes. And Latin American authors are too often absent from suggested reading lists, despite the …

Literature

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

24 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness

Because sometimes it's hard to explain or understand on your own.

“Let's talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

The two literary heavyweights talk about the politics of storytelling, the art of the swordfight and why dragons are good for the economy.<p><i>Neil</i> …

11 Facts About Hemingway’s The Old Man And The Sea

<i>The Old Man and the Sea</i> was the last major work Ernest Hemingway published in his lifetime. The simple story is about an old man who catches a giant …