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Graphic novels are novels. Five any literate person should read

Following the announcement that Nick Drnaso’s <i>Sabrina</i> is the first graphic novel ever to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Joanne Harris (the author of Chocolat) tweeted #TenThingsAboutGraphicNovels and stated simply: “graphic novels are novels.”<p>Once upon a time, graphic novels may have been …

Graphic Novels

Owning Print Books Feels Different From Owning E-Books

Researchers from the University of Arizona and Towson University have found that the psychological experience of owning an e-book is significantly different from that of owning a print book.<p>The results of their study into ”consumer interpretations of digital ownership in the book market,” published …

DHS Considers Carry-On Laptop Ban On Flights From Europe

Almost two months after the Department of Homeland Security instituted a ban on large electronics on U.S.-bound flights from several countries in the Middle East, the agency is considering expanding the prohibition to flights from Europe.<p>The current ban applies to 10 airports in eight …

Guardian first book award shortlist 2015

American coasts and suburbias, sibling rivalry in Nigeria, sculpting muscular poetry, Putin as Simon Cowell, a father, a son and a crow ... Extracts and introductions from all the shortlisted authors<p><b>Extract</b><br>Linda swaddled her newborn Beatrice in the butter-yellow blanket the neighborhood women had …

The Poems of TS Eliot: The Annotated Text review – a monumental achievement

Eliot went from starchy student to Nobel laureate who could pack out baseball stadiums on an American tour. This landmark study provides the background to a groundbreaking body of work<p>Buying an edition of Dante’s <i>Divine Comedy</i> in Florence as a student, I was struck by its resemblance to the flood …

5 Korean Novels You Should Read Now

South Korea is becoming a major player on the world’s literary scene, beginning with last year’s London Book Fair, which spotlighted Korean literature. In particular, the country’s literary scene is making a name for itself with dark, transgressive fiction by female writers, some of which might not …

A Dazzling Flow Motion Time-Lapse Tour of Istanbul

Back in February, time-lapse photographer Rob Whitworth captured the world’s imagination with his insane “Dubai Flow Motion” project, which took the …

Time-lapse Photography

The 100 best novels: No 98 – Underworld by Don DeLillo (1997)

A writer of ‘frightening perception’, Don DeLillo guides the reader in an epic journey through America’s history and popular culture<p>As this series approaches the present, the process of making a final selection from great contemporary fiction becomes progressively more contentious. In the …

Literature

Best holiday reads 2015

I have long been meaning to read the classic novel set in Ghana, <i>Search Sweet Country</i>, by Kojo Laing (McSweeney’s) and will finally do so in the next weeks. I am looking forward to Elizabeth Alexander’s <i>The Light of the World</i> (Grand Central Publishing), a beautiful memoir by a gifted poet, and <i>Loving</i> …

How the Talmud Became a Best-Seller in South Korea

About an hour’s drive north of Seoul, in the Gwangju Mountains, nearly fifty South Korean children pore over a book. The text is an unlikely choice: the Talmud, the fifteen-hundred-year-old book of Jewish laws. The students are not Jewish, nor are their teachers, and they have no interest in …

Did Obama “Abandon Israel”?

Michael Oren, the former Israeli Ambassador to Washington, made news last week—as well he might, since he’s publishing a book. Yesterday marked the release of a memoir of his years representing Benjamin Netanyahu, which he summed up in last Monday’s <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, in an article titled “How …

Israel

Bethlehem Star Exclusives

<b>MARY: PREGNANT AND ALONE?</b><p>In a shocker that stunned Nazareth, <b>Mary</b>, twelve, formally announced her pregnancy, ending baby-bump speculation. But life in Galilee hasn’t been all birth plans and nesting. According to a source, Mary—who still lives with her parents—has been getting the cold shoulder from …

Mary Magdalene

ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and A New Wave of Terrorist Violence

On Friday, within the space of several hours, militants launched attacks on three continents, raising the spectre of further assaults during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The attacks began in southern France, when a deliveryman crashed his truck into an American-owned chemical plant, apparently …

Saudi Arabia

Nabokov’s America

On February 3, 1954, Vladimir Nabokov wrote to James Laughlin, the founder of New Directions, “Would you be interested in publishing a timebomb that I have just finished putting together? It is a novel of 459 typewritten pages.” The novel was “Lolita,” the tale of a middle-aged pedophile’s sexual …

Literature

11 Things You Didn't Know About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway took his life on this day, July 2, back in 1961.<p>Below are obscure facts about the novelist's life, pulled from old interviews and personal accounts by the writer.<p><b>1. Hemingway apparently once lived, got drunk and slept with a bear.</b><p>Former New Yorker staff writer Lillian Ross had a …

Childlike Stars

A PBS documentary broadcast last weekend, “Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler,” breezes by the bigger implications of an exemplary life story. For instance, the irreparable emotional wounds of a supreme virtuoso who was mercilessly pressured by a Tiger Dad in his early childhood. And the furious drive …

New York City buses must show 'killing Jews' ad, judge rules

<b>A judge has ruled that New York City's buses must display a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews.</b><p>New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had opposed the advertisement, arguing it could incite terrorism and violence.<p>But Judge John Koeltl rejected the argument and said …

New York City

‘I got a scheme!’ – the moment Saul Bellow found his voice

From the age of 49, when the publication of <i>Herzog</i> in 1964 made him rich as well as famous, Saul Bellow was the most acclaimed novelist in America, the winner of three National Book Awards, the Pulitzer prize, the Formentor prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters gold medal for fiction. …

Literature

The 100 best novels: No 83 – A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (1964)

Christopher Isherwood’s story of a gay Englishman struggling with bereavement in LA is a work of compressed brilliance<p>Christopher Isherwood made his famous declaration of artistic intent in 1939: “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking… Some day all this will …

TS Eliot: the poet who conquered the world, 50 years on

It’s 2015, the year of the Bullshit Centenary. One hundred years ago a young immigrant poet submitted his poem “The Triumph of Bullshit” for publication in a London avant‑garde magazine. The editor’s letter explaining his rejection of the work makes clear he decided to “stick to my naif …

Orfeo: looking back at Monteverdi’s masterpiece

Opera,Classical music,Royal Opera House,Music,Culture,Modernism,Painting,Art,Photography,Piet Mondrian,Whitechapel Gallery,Exhibitions,Art and design,Magazines,London,UK news,The Guardian,Features<p><b>Don Paterson</b> thought writing a singable English version of a 17th-century Italian opera would be a …

7 Bizarre Predictions That Actually Came True

<i>The following is an excerpt from Unbelievable!: The Bizarre World of Coincidences [Michael O'Mara Books, $16.95]:</i><p>Whether or not you believe in the power of prophecy, it’s always unnerving when predictions turn out to be true. Surely they’re nothing but lucky guesses -- right?<p><b>Nosta-damned-us</b><p>Michel …

Nicholas Lezard on Dante

<b>1. He might well be the greatest poet who ever lived</b><p>Coming at the top of the list, this might sound like a meaningless statement, but it's important. …