Jacob Curtis

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DR Congo: Cursed by its natural wealth

<b>The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest, writes historian Dan Snow.</b><p>The world's bloodiest conflict since World War II is still rumbling on today.<p>It is a war in which more …

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Wes Anderson Takes Us Inside ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ His Most Exquisite Film

The acclaimed auteur discusses the making of his wacky, delightful comedy-caper, from his detailed filmmaking process to grand feasts with his A-list …

Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women

<i>Editor's note: To hear our full interview with Jimmy Carter, tune into</i> Weekend Edition <i>on Sunday, March 23.</i><p>President Jimmy Carter has written more than two dozen books over the course of his career, about everything from the art of aging to how to achieve peace in the Middle East. All his writing is …

10 Famous Writers Who Hated Writing

Sometimes I hate writing. That's not to say I hate the writing of others, though I occasionally do, and that's not to say I hate my own writing, though I often do, but rather that I sometimes hate the commission of the act of writing. I hate it when I have nothing to say, which is most of the time, …

New edition of The Complete Plain Words will delight fans of no-frills prose - but can breaking the rules be the making of good writing?

Sixty-five years ago, Her Majesty's Stationery Office published its biggest-ever bestseller. It was nothing to do with income tax, local government …

Literature

David Foster Wallace: Five Common Word Usage Mistakes

I'm a big David Foster Wallace fan. His 2005 commencement speech will go down as one of the best ever.<p>If you’re aware enough to give yourself a …

Kerouac’s Haunted Life

SEVENTY YEARS AGO, in May 1944, Jack Kerouac toiled over a novella-length work set in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was written at the prompting of his …

Literature

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Album | Barb Jungr – Hard Rain, the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

In <i>Hard Rain</i> Barb Jungr pays homage to some of the most violently political songs of a pair of legendary storytellers and songwriters.<p>Mingling the …

The Shins, Bon Iver, Cat Power with Coldplay's Chris Martin on Soundtrack for New Zach Braff Movie

Last year, Zach Braff launched a Kickstarter to fund his next film, <i>Wish I Was Here</i>, which premiered in January at Sundance. It's Braff's directorial follow-up to <i>Garden State</i>, the 2004 film that featured the infamous "the Shins will change your life" moment, as well as a successful soundtrack …

Listen To "Learn To Obey", From OFF!'s 7" Release For Record Store Day

The single was recorded in the same sessions as the material on OFF!'s forthcoming record, <i>Wasted Years</i> (out April 8 on VICE). According to a press release the song and the artwork are "thematically intertwined". Check out the artwork as you listen, above.<p>Watch OFF!'s videos for "Hypnotized" and …

The Smiths Offer Up This Charming Timeline

In just five years, the Smiths went from an indie pop outfit puttering around Manchester to one of the UK's most successful, significant acts – and …

Indie Music

What nature gave, a 12-year-old hones with discipline

Hilary travels to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia twice a week to build her skills and her repertoire, to fuse her extraordinary gifts …

Violin

Freeze-framed dogs - in pictures

Photographer Rhian White specialises in capturing images of man's best friend. Here she has photographed dogs in action in mid-air and created composite images of them. 'My aim is to capture … the pure enjoyment a dog has doing what he or she loves doing the most,' White says

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

Bummer Beach

<b>Early on the morning of October 21, 2012</b>, five surfers pile into a Chevy Suburban in Half Moon Bay and drive south on Highway 1. Just past the city …