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34 under-the-radar things everyone should do on a weekend in London, according to Londoners

According to TripAdvisor, there are over 1,700 tourist attractions and 18,000 restaurants in London, not even counting parks, pop-ups, and seasonal attractions.<p>That's certainly more than enough to satisfy the 19 million tourists that visit London every year and the 8.63 million people that occupy …

London

Lit Hub Daily: November 22, 2017

TODAY: In 1916, Jack London, author of <i>The Call of the Wild</i> and <i>White Fang</i>, dies. • Long tables and open bottles: hanging out with Derek Walcott, Seamus …

Literature

8 Words for Setting the Table

The word <i>dish</i> has a variety of meanings pertaining to what goes on the table. There are the vessels from which food is served ("potatoes are in the …

Etymology

Daily Inspiration — Blue Wings

Blue Jay, Blue Sky<br>(Image by 102 best Gorgeous, Squawking Blue Jays) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>Warm whisp'ring through the slender olive …

Liberal View

I'm Comedian Nicole Drespel, And This Is How I Work

There are maybe 10 things in the world that deserve the title "best-kept secret", and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv …

Great Books

The Famous Women Writers Whose Friendships We’ve Forgotten

People often tell us they find our friendship strange. We do all the usual things: treat each other to birthday meals, trade secrets over glasses of …

Literature

Justice for Maggie: On George Eliot’s Most Underrated Heroine

In the first half of George Eliot’s novel <i>Middlemarch</i> (1871), perhaps one of the most illustrious novels of the modern era, the narrator opens a …

Books

Watership Down author's personal library reveals precious treasures

Richard Adams’s books, going to auction in December, include a first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma, Shakespeare’s Second Folio and Boswell’s Life of Johnson<p>The vast library of the late Richard Adams, which ranges from a rare copy of Milton’s epic poem Lycidas to a first edition of Jane Austen’s …

Literature

What We’re Reading This Week

A professor’s self-help book about productivity and distraction, the literary work of a no-holds-barred painter, and moving a classic off of the unread list.<p>“Middlemarch,” by George Eliot<p>Everyone has a list of unread books that weighs on her conscience each passing year that it remains unchanged. …

Culture

15 Famous Authors Who Were Published After 40

The drive to be successful while still in the first blush of youth may be appropriate for dancers, athletes, and models, but it does not apply to the …

Literature

Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body? Plus: Alan Watts on gain and loss, Thomas Merton's beautiful letter to Rachel Carson, and more

<b>donating = loving</b><p>I pour tremendous time, thought, love, and resources into <i>Brain Pickings</i>, which remains free. If you find any joy and stimulation …

Women in Science

Read An Extract From The Digital Critic By Theodora Hawlin

In 1967 Roland Barthes wrote an obituary for the author. He may have been getting a little bit ahead of himself, says digital criticTheodora Hawlin...

Books

Elizabeth Hardwick Showed What Essays Could Do

<b>THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK</b><br>Edited by Darryl Pinckney<br>610 pp. New York Review Books. Paper, $19.95.<p>Elizabeth Hardwick, who was born in 1916 and died in 2007 and published eight books in between, was a writer perturbed by biography. Those three statements, in fact — the birth, the …

Books

Avoid Dropping the Turkey on Thanksgiving | Leite's Culinaria

The table is set. The guests are gathered. You’ve planned for every possible contingency. But you forgot one thing. Your sleek, chic, trim Tom Cruise …

Great Books

Satire, Autobiography, and More Books on Writers and Writing

We love writers for creating immersive fictional worlds for us to indulge and revel but that’s not only the thing they do. They bring their own …

Literature

Top 75 Happiness Blogs and Websites to follow | Happy Blogs

Submit Your Blog<p>SUBMIT BLOG<p>Top Happiness Blogs<p>Rank<p>Blog Name<p>Facebook Fans<p>Twitter Followers<p>Alexa Rank<p>1<p><b>About Blog</b> - The Greater Good Science Center …

Happiness

Black Prometheus

Second Edition<p>George Eliot<p>Frances Smith Foster<p>Stephen Berry<p>Nancy Glazener<p>Sarah Cole<p>First Edition<p>Doris Y. Kadish<p>Second Revised Edition<p>David J. …

Great Books

In Memoriam. Indradyumna Swami: My dear Braja Vallabhi, Please…

In Memoriam.<br>Indradyumna Swami: My dear Braja Vallabhi, Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.<br>Though you have departed this …

Spirituality

Behind Every Great Woman Writer Is Another Woman

It’s easy to buy into the classic image of the isolated female author: the eccentric <b>Brontë sisters</b>, wandering the moors; lofty <b>George Eliot</b>, …

Literature

Subverting the Western: A Conversation With Hernan Diaz

There are some straightforward things you can say about Hernan Diaz’s first novel, <i>In the Distance</i>. It’s a Western—albeit a very strange and …

Liberal View

My opening remarks for MCG's Museums+Tech 2017

My notes introducing the theme of the Museums Computer Group’s 2017 conference and a call to action for people working in cultural heritage …

Great Books

These Artists, Authors and Leaders Battled Self-Doubt Before They Made History

Behind the amazing work were some individuals with self-esteem issues.<p>Whether you’re an expert in your field or recently embarking on a new career -- a common obstacle that nearly everyone faces in life is self-doubt. Whether it’s feeling like you don’t belong or believing that your work doesn’t …

Great Books

Alice Spawls: The Brontës

I should make the first of what I hope need be only a few confessions. We are in the business of history, but also of opinion, of trying to read the …

Literature

Anatomy 101: Obscure Words for Body Parts

<b>:</b> face<p>This charming synonym of <i>face</i> packs a punch:<p>The real Truth is, any one would guess him to have been a seven Years Apprentice to the Prince of …

Etymology

Could a Bit of Tolstoy and Austen Improve Economic Forecasting?

<i>By allowing university humanities courses to slip into decline, society risks losing key tools that could help solve a host of ills — notably</i> …

Literature

How Come People Say 'How Come'?

People have been using "how come?" to mean "why?" since at least the mid-19th century. And why shouldn't they?<p>We don't think they shouldn't at all, …

Etymology

47 “Best Books” Lists Combined In To One Master List

The Meta-List<p>450 Best Books Ever Written<p>(<b>No of list mentioned)</b><p><b>Don Quixote</b> by Miguel de Cervantes (36)• <b><br>The Odyssey</b> by Homer (36)• <b><br>The Iliad</b> by Homer</b> …

Literature

Team Amis

<i>The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016,</i> by Martin Amis<i>,</i> Jonathan Cape, 368 pp, £20, ISBN: …

Literature

Republican Tax Cuts And The New Gentry

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act seems to be directed to what I would call the New Gentry, although my covivant favors the term Entitled Children. I think that what has happened is that the land of the free and the home of the brave has developed something that we will never admit to having – a gentry. My …

Entrepreneurship