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The sadness we hear in music, literature and film is strangely irresistible.
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Life as a Jane Austen fan can be, occasionally, infuriating. Male classmates deride her as subliterary fluff, pop culture uses her as a shorthand for romance novels, and, for women, professing to love...
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'Alternative facts' and dishonesty are something to be resisted coming from the left, right or centre.
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Last week, after Kellyanne Conway gave an interview describing falsehoods as "alternative facts," sales of George Orwell's decades-old classic 1984 spiked. The book, a part of so many high-school syll...
The recipe world has changed, and it has made cookbooks even better.
You wouldn't read about it.
Otherwise we're all blank canvasses.
Perhaps Jane Eyre would be a drama queen, perhaps she would be blunt and business-like.
This comedy writer replied with a brilliantly snarky letter.
Literary magic doesn't discriminate.
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It will be interesting to see where all this emoji business ends up. I suppose one day we will be reading online newspapers and magazines written in emoji form, though I suggest that will be when we are in our autonomous flying cars eating our food tablets.
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Literary fiction might be more empathy-generating than genre books.
The experiences of the characters in The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood, are extreme and shocking. But, what is even more shocking is that there is more than a touch of familiarity in the female women's experiences.
Imagine if '1984' was called 'The Last Man In Europe'.