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A huge bookstore chain is opening new locations pretending to be indie shops

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The next time you step into a hushed, quaint bookstore, check the fine print. For the last four years, the UK bookstore chain Waterstones has opened small shops without its name in their storefront signs. Instead, the signage generically indicates the town in which the store is located: Southwold Books, in Southwold, for example. Monday Read More

Quiz: Are these idioms British or American English?

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English is a messy language. The roots of its grammar are Germanic, but its vocabulary comes mostly from Romance languages. And as a global lingua franca, hundreds of millions of people modify it, and invent new meanings and grammar. So how can any one culture lay claim to its proper use? The Prodigal Tongue, by Read More

Stephen Hawking’s moving argument that human evolution has gone far beyond biology

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Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died today (March 14) at 76. Hawking’s major achievements included developing the first theory of cosmology unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics, and some of the most essential research on black holes ever accomplished—but he was better known in popular culture for his ability to convey impossibly complex cosmological concepts Read More

A celebrated YA novel about Black Lives Matter was pulled from school libraries in Texas

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One of the biggest breakout books of the year in the US is about an unarmed black teenager killed by the police. A school district in Texas thinks the language in the book could be too mature for its students. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, is a young-adult novel about Starr Carter, an Read More

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2017

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Bill Gates is branching out. Already well-known as an enthusiastic reader of big nonfiction books on economics, science, and technology, Gates is finding new ways to satiate his intellectual and emotional curiosity. His favorite books of those he read in 2017 (not necessarily published this year) include a graphic novel, fiction, and a comedian’s memoir. Read More

The official Harry Potter universe was fooled by fake news about wizarding

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When it comes to making a buck or a pound, the beneficiaries of the Harry Potter franchise leave no magical stone unturned. But the universe of the beloved wizarding series, with its spin-off play, textbook, and movies, has gotten so big, gatekeepers are starting to make mistakes about its own lore. Now fake news about Read More

Anthony Scaramucci has 60,000 words to say about his 10 days as Donald Trump’s spokesman

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Anthony Scaramucci is not a man of few words. The verbal exuberance of the former White House director of communications is precisely what the country was talking about days before he got fired (paywall) in July. Scaramucci now appears to be searching for a new home for his particular brand of Mooch—unfiltered. A book proposal Read More

22 great books to read before Hollywood turns them into TV shows and movies

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Books are the fuel that make the Hollywood engine run. According to one estimate, 20% of the top 1,000 films in the past decade were based on novels, and countless more movies and TV shows are derived from short stories, nonfiction books, graphic novels, and other texts. Without books, we’d have nothing to put on Read More

Joe Biden’s new memoir shows a person coping with work under extreme emotional stress

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“Uncle Joe” Biden is no joke. In a poignant new memoir, the much-memed former US vice president is a man bursting with grief as he tries to help run the country. Promise Me, Dad is out this week (Nov. 14) from Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. In it, Biden recounts the trying months in Read More

The most popular poetry book in the US is based on internet Vines

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Over the past two years, a platitudinous book of poems unexpectedly became one of the bestselling books in the US. Now it has its very own parody, which has itself, improbably, become a top seller on Amazon. In 2015, Rupi Kaur released a book of breathless Hallmark cards written in verse, based on her popular Read More