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

2 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A huge bookstore chain is opening new locations pretending to be indie shops
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?

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Quiz: Are these idioms British or American English?
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

PR: Pablo Escobar’s Brother Releases Dietbitcoin (DDX) Cryptocurrency ICO

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on PR: Pablo Escobar’s Brother Releases Dietbitcoin (DDX) Cryptocurrency ICO
This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. After making $100 billion dollars, Roberto Escobar launches the $2 Read More

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

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Stephen Hawking’s moving argument that human evolution has gone far beyond biology
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

It’s Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on It’s Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood
Four years after his death and a half-century after his One Hundred Years of Solitude introduced much of the world to magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez might be pleased to know that the literary genre he helped popularize is now flourishing on screen. On what would have been his 91st birthday, Google honored the prolific Colombian author with Read More

Shashi Tharoor: All the reasons I’m proud—and not—to be Hindu

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Shashi Tharoor: All the reasons I’m proud—and not—to be Hindu
In many ways, the fundamental conflict of our times is the clash between, no, not civilisation, but doctrines—religious and ethnic fundamentalism on the one hand, secular consumerist capitalism on the other. The clash is taking place amidst a paradox. Thanks to globalisation, the world has been coming together into a single international market, just as Read More

The books India read in 2017, according to Amazon

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The books India read in 2017, according to Amazon
In 2017, Indians shopping for books on Amazon.in were overwhelmingly looking for one thing: textbooks. According to the Amazon.in Reading Trends Report 2017, the highest-selling book on the website was M Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity, an 852-page clunker designed for students attempting the highly-competitive civil services examinations. Overall, exam preparation was the most popular genre on Read More

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

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A celebrated YA novel about Black Lives Matter was pulled from school libraries in Texas
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

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2017
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

A brief history of Āddā—the Bengali fine art of discussion

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A brief history of Āddā—the Bengali fine art of discussion
Āddā emerged not long after bhodrōlōk, as a salon-like gathering at which thoughts and persuasions of the day could be discussed in a good-natured, if sometimes vociferous, manner. Over several decades this male preserve travelled further down the pyramid of wealth and privilege to the upper middle class and greater bulge of the middle class. Read More