Literature

World Book Day: The world's most valuable books

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How to Escape in 9 Books

Many of my friends are talking about escape these past few months, about what country would be the best to run away to: Spain or New Zealand or …

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A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters

<i>Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of African-American literature is well established. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin are familiar figures. Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis)</i> …

American History

Top 10 Hollywood novels

As excitement rises ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, a look at novelists’ treatments of the film mecca reveals a rather darker picture<p>Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. I can say this with confidence because three of the last five winners of the Oscar for best picture were largely or entirely about …

Film (UK)

The Real Reason Dystopian Fiction Is Roaring Back

From the “everything old is new again” files: Bygone dystopian fiction is officially back in vogue. As reported last month, Penguin Random House has …

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President leads tributes to author and presenter Frank Delaney

Bestselling writer, who has died in US aged 74, interviewed more than 3,500 authors in career spanning four decades<p>24 minutes ago Updated: 9 minutes …

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Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li, book review: Even the description ‘memoir’ doesn’t really do it justice

I’ve never read a memoir quite like Yiyun Li’s <i>Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life</i>, not least because I’ve never encountered a …

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10 Stories For the 5 Stages of Grief

If you’re in denial, angry, bargaining, depressed, or accepting— we’ve got a story for that.<p>Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The …

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Sentinel Species

Meditation on a life of birding.<p>Every fall, thousands of snow geese descend on Addison, Vermont, stark-white birds with black wingtips falling to the fields and ponds near the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. Every fall I intend to drive north to see them, and every fall I forget, and am left …

Nature

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

<b>What</b> happens when political catastrophe sends your life hurtling off its projected course? If you are old enough to feel the shock of the derailment, …

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If Literature’s Biggest Romantics Could Text

It's hard to imagine an epic love story like <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> taking place on iMessage, but that's exactly what the folks at SparkNotes did. These …

Romeo and Juliet

Similarities between Joseph Boyden story and Ojibway healer’s published work trigger questions

<i>Ojibway healer, storyteller, and author Ron Geyshick</i><p><i>(Image from Judith Doyle’s film, Lac La Croix)</i><p><i>Jorge Barrera, APTN National News</i><p>Three Day Road …

Joseph Boyden

Defining Apocalyptic Literature

The problem western pop-Christianity has re-defined apocalyptic to refer only to “the end of the world as we know it.” Some students want to read …

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Illustration: Grimms' Fairy Tales by Ale Giorgini

Grimms' Fairy Tales Illustrated by Ale Giorgini is a set of illustrations of wallpapers based on classic fairy tales. Whichever one is your favorite, …

Art

‘Uncle Vanya’ speaks to the anguished nature of living

It is not often that a review begins with a description of the set design for a play. But the world of “Uncle Vanya” that Todd Rosenthal and lighting …

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Wuthering Heights on Screen

<i>Wuthering Heights</i> (William Wyler, 1939)<p>“<i>Wuthering Heights</i> must appear a rude and strange production,” Charlotte Brontë wrote, in apology for the …

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30 Books #8: Kate Tuttle on Ruth Franklin’s ‘Shirley Jackson’ - Critical Mass Blog

by Kate Tuttle | Feb-22-2017<p><i>In the 30 Books in 30 Days series leading up to the March 16 announcement of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle award</i> …

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FNF: Famous Self-Taught People (Charles D. Hayes) SOURCE: Autodidactic Profiles - AUTODIDACTIC PRESS - lifelong learning advocate

<i>An icon of the era of American industrialization and at one time the richest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie said “no man becomes rich unless he</i> …

Education

When is World Book Day 2017 and what is it? Dates, character ideas for schools and how to use book tokens

Book lovers are getting set to celebrate their favourite stories once again as World Book Day is back and ready to mark its 20th anniversary.<p>The …

UK News

Ottessa Moshfegh Is Disgusting (in a Good Way)

In <b>Ottessa Moshfegh’s</b> short story “The Locked Room,” the narrator describes her boyfriend, Takashi, as follows: “He seemed fearless, like he could do …

Another World

Parable Of The Sower – Not 1984 – Is The Dystopia For Our Age – Nnedi Okorafor

<b>Following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984 jumped to number one on Amazon’s list of best-selling</b> …

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Poetry, love and psychosis: can writing help us come to terms with mental illness?

In hospital in 1972, Paula Keogh fell in love with the poet Michael Dransfield. In her new memoir she captures the voice of her illness and the man she loved<p>Paula Keogh never intended to write about her relationship with Michael Dransfield, one of the most prominent – and colourful – poets in …

Poetry

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak review – a rich journey into romance and religion

A young Muslim woman’s spiritual quest takes her from Istanbul to Oxford as she learns about love, faith and real life<p>There is a compelling confidence about the scope of Elif Shafak’s work. As a writer who stands between west and east, working in Turkish and English, living in Istanbul and London, …

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Listen to A$AP Rocky Read Jane Austen, Florence Read William Blake for Gucci

Gucci has enlisted A$AP Rocky and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) for the rollout of its Fall/Winter 2017 fashion show. The invite to the show (which took place earlier today and is available to watch here) was a vinyl record with Welch reading a poem on the A-side and Rocky reading …

Music

Emily Raboteau: Finding Strength in a Fictional Misfit

<i>In the next installment of the Red Ink Series host and founder Michele Filgate will lead a conversation with Emily Raboteau, Lidia Yuknavitch, Marcy</i> …

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The Dedalus Book of Gin by Richard Barnett review – a spirited read

An entertaining look at the drink’s history – complete with ‘Hogarth-rating’ tasting notes<p>‘Strange as it may seem to say it,” writes Richard Barnett, “now is the best time in the last five centuries to be drinking gin.” And he has to be right, even when you find yourself confused by the rows and …

Drinking

Hedda Gabler, This is Not a Love Story review – Hedda get your gun

Northern Stage, Newcastle As the heroine of Ibsen’s psychodrama, a pistol-packing Victoria Elliott rages against corseted constriction in Selma Dimitrijevic’s adaptation<p>The fashion for Hedda Gabler in recent years has been to impose what might be termed the anti-aspidistra approach, as directors …

Film (UK)

15 best children's books of all time

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7 classic books you need to read in 2017

Winter is finally on its way out, and it's time to start thinking about spring vacations <i>—</i> and the books to read while traveling to the nearest body …

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100 Must-Read Debut Novels

This post is sponsored by <i>The Cruelty</i> by Scott Bergstrom<p><i>Taken</i> meets <i>The</i> <i>Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i> and <i>The Bourne Identity</i> in this action-packed debut …

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