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16 Novels By Women Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2016

Get ready for these high-impact works of fiction to be everywhere in the first half of 2016.<p>As the last few days of 2015 wind down, ready the champagne and prepare a toast—especially if you're a reader. That's because January commences a veritable avalanche of books worthy of celebration, with …

Discover Haruki Murakami’s Advertorial Short Stories: Rare Short-Short Fiction from the 1980s

No profile of Haruki Murakami, the most globally popular novelist alive, fails to refer to the high number of languages (as of this writing, the …

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Song of the Sea: the deepest animation you'll see all year?

Up and down the coasts of Ireland and Scotland, stories were once commonly told in which beautiful, shape-shifting creatures – the selkies, or seal-people – would emerge from the sea and bring comfort to lonely souls. Sometimes they were seducers, but just as often they were family-minded, and …

Eleven Days: When Agatha Christie went missing

In an exclusive short story for BBC Culture and BBC Britain, Kate Mosse writes a fictional account of the 11 mysterious days when the popular crime writer vanished.<p><b>Eleven Days</b><p>A sharp slip of cold air as she winds down the window. A laundered handkerchief to clean the inside of the windscreen. Black …

Daily Inspiration #2190

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Stunning Cosmic Snapshots Document Astronaut Scott Kelly’s First Six Months in Space

Astronaut Scott Kelly is on his way to becoming the first American to travel on the world's longest spaceflight. Since his launch in spring 2015, the commander has been documenting this extraterrestrial journey with a series of artistic snapshots. Some feature Earth from an extreme bird's-eye view …

Meet 30 innovators finding African solutions for African problems

Quartz has chosen 30 innovators in Africa for their creative approaches to local problems in business, politics, culture and health and more. They will be honored on Monday (Sep. 14) at the Quartz Africa Innovators summit. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa editor, says:<p>The narrative in Africa has moved …

Yearn to Burn? Find a Mini Burning Man Near You

Burning Man is a lot of things. It is a celebration of art, culture, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. It is a raging party. It is a place for solemn contemplation. Most poignantly, it is fleeting, happening only once a year.<p>Though the temporary Black Rock City will be bustling and full of …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

One of the World’s Only Globe-Making Studios Celebrates the Ancient Art of Handcrafted Globes

A globe is the only “true” representation of the world that doesn't distort the shape or the size of the earth's features. Terrestrial (showing a map of the world) and celestial (showing the apparent positions of the stars in the sky) globes are known to have been made since the mid-2nd century …

The Little Gardener: A Tender Illustrated Parable of Purpose and the Power of Working with Love

A sweet celebration of all that is alive and wonderful, inside us and in the outside world we shape together.<p>When I was a child in Bulgaria, my mother came up with a fictional character named Nokkut — Bulgarian for “thumbnail,” for he was a tiny, thumb-sized boy. Every night before bed, she told me …

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14<p>In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.<p>Titled ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman named Jean …

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20 Must-See Art Museums In America

There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic altogether and set your sights on some world-class art collections right here in the U.S.<p>There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre …

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23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

Books

Alma Deutscher and the five greatest child prodigies

She dreamt up a set of piano variations in E-flat while asleep: Alma Deutscher is not your average 10-year-old. Clemency Burton-Hill meets the child prodigy.<p>This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alma Deutscher. A composer of piano and violin sonatas, string quartets and lately a full-length …

Artist Christoph Niemann Transforms Everyday Items into Whimsical Sketches

Christoph Niemann incorporates everyday items into clever sketches that offer a dizzying sense of depth and whimsical perspective. The New York native can take an avocado and make it look like a catcher's mitt; he can transform a comb into a fancy Rolls Royce; he can even turn a poppy-seed bagel …

Artist Stacks 50,000 Coins with Chopsticks to Create Glueless Replica of Chingqing, China

Chinese artist He Peixi used only coins, agate stones, and chopsticks to create an incredible replica of his hometown. After collecting 11 different kinds of both ancient and modern currency, Peixi ended up using 50,000 pieces for his unique project. For two hours a day, the imaginative artist …

Artist Designs Powerful Poster for Nepal After Devastating Earthquakes

In less than 3 weeks, the country of Nepal has experienced two major earthquakes, which destroyed many homes and killed a significant number of people. In an effort to help with this devastating situation, artist Thomas Yang created a special art print for his store 100copies, which is where he …

Why we're fascinated by Salvador Dalí

Nine films to watch at Cannes

10 Classic Porn Movies Get A Tasteful Redesign

Adult videos often get the short end of the stick in the graphic design department. Consequently, the covers of even classic porn movies are often as lurid as they are crude: at best, a garish phantasmagoria of boobs, snatch, and dongs that does nothing to illustrate what makes that film …

15 Delish Salsa Recipes to Celebrate National Salsa Month

You may have been under the impression that National Salsa Month is every month, but it is actually in May. Maybe it’s got a little something to do with Cinco de Mayo? ;) No doubt at this stage in the game you’ve got your drinks and decor on lockdown for the holiday, so let’s get some food inspo …

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Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

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Camera Modes Explained

If you’re just learning about your camera, then chances are you’ve taken a look at the top of your camera only to become immediately confused. …

Storytelling Painter Allows His Animals to Appear with Spontaneous Brush Strokes

Using a completely blank canvas, painter Adam S. Doyle has the innate ability to create magical, lifelike images. With the use of simplified, visible brushstrokes, Doyle organically paints vivid creatures such as howling wolves, birds in flight, and stoic foxes. Each captivating monochromatic …

Couple Travels the World Performing Acrobatic Yoga Poses with Gorgeous Backdrops

Claudine and Honza Lafond combine two of their passions – yoga and travel – in an ongoing series of gorgeous photos they share on Instagram. The couple, who also happen to be yoga instructors, visit beautiful locales and monuments around the world, commemorating their journeys with graceful poses. …

Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music as Gorgeous Splashes of Color

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on the radio—are translated into vibrant, beautiful colors that carry the cadence of melodies. McCracken's vivid paintings stem from her desire to capture …