Category Archives: Literature

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The surprising rising popularity of board games

Netflix to restore and release unfinished Orson Welles film

Unbelievable. Literacy is racist, guys.

The best Sinclair Lewis novels for these crazy times

Franz Kafka’s posthumous short stories

Bosch and Bruegel

The passions of Elizabeth Bishop

The poetry, politics, and madness of Ezra Pound

Mussolini’s last lover 

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Sex and death in Homer

Otherworldly architecture in Japan’s magical mountainside

Newly discovered Mark Twain children’s story to be released this fall

Submerged in the cosmic kingdom

‘Walden,’ the video game

How the bald eagle became a nuisance

The Spartan way of life

Istanbul: A tale of three cities

How good was Evelyn Waugh?

The Victorian influence on African-American writers 

A nation changed by breakfast

The visual artists who inspired Brahms

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Saturn’s massive hexagonal storm is revealed up close in stunning new Cassini image

In NBC interview, former President George W. Bush reminds us what it was like to have an adult in charge

North Korea executes five senior officials with antiaircraft guns

ATF agents used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account

When the enemy of your enemy is – your enemy

What an unbelievably terrible idea

American Girl has forgotten everything that made it unique

Iceland’s hottest new reality TV show is just a live stream of cats

Diary of a Gulag prison guard

On poetry protests and why there are so few well-known conservative poets

Truth and fiction in Jane Austen

“Necessity used to be what forced us to grow up. That was the stick, and sex was the carrot, and between the two of them young men were forced/inspired to get off their asses, go to work, and start families of their own from time immemorial until the day before yesterday.”

Inside the quiet, prophetic politics of C.S. Lewis

Is a preoccupation with equality the most dangerous threat to democracy? Alexis de Tocqueville thought so.

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The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre

Good piece on the best movie of the year

Solar system that could support alien life discovered

Social media driving Americans insane

The mythic grandeur of old Hollywood is gone

What did Adam Smith really believe?

Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.

Why the British tell better children’s stories

Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet

Eiffel Tower to get €300 million facelift

The music of the Third Reich

For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz

First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily 

The early life of Prince Edward VI 

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The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical

Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco

How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies

Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor

Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction

The President isn’t the hero of the American story

The flaw in the Right’s media hate

The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves

Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library

We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”

“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”

How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease

Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?

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How politics is ruining college students

How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity

An essential guide for understanding sea power

California’s Matisse

Thank god. He should never have been hired in the first place.

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

No, Trump is not like Orwell’s ‘1984’

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

The devil and Hilary Mantel

Norway turns off FM radio

“How Faulkner convinced me not to become an astronomer”

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Sotheby’s goes risqué in first-ever erotic art auction

How Rauschenberg elevated Tiffany’s window displays into an art form

What a time to be alive

An Oxford college sends Renaissance rarities to the U.S.

The United States is an exceptional, extraordinary, unusual place. One day again I hope to have a President who understands that. Instead of a President who says disgraceful things about it and thinks it’s a terrible place.

Joyce among the Jesuits

Terrible women writers

“What is the Democratic party? Is it a genuine political party, or is it simply an instrument of relatively well-off government workers who care about very little other than securing for themselves regular raises and comfortable pensions?”

Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe

The Problem

Thousands of Mark Twain artifacts threatened by mold at author’s historic home undergoing repairs

Cosmic test bolsters Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”

A history of the oldest but least understood American law enforcement agency: The U. S. Marshals Service

10 sweetest pictures of Pluto from NASA’s latest release

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