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Pottermore Christmas, day 7: The life and loves of Professor McGonagall

Today’s Pottermore riddle features the back story of one of Hogwarts’ most dedicated professors: Minerva McGonagall. The riddle for Thursday is

In Moominland

“After [WWII], the other Finnish artists formed themselves into political groups but Tove wasn’t a joiner; besides, the only political activity she enjoyed was tyrant-baiting. She decided to emigrate to the island kingdom of Tonga but the governor wrote back saying there was a housing shortage and she wouldn’t be welcome. So she created her […]

A Year in Reading: Thomas Beckwith

A remarkable thing about the collection is how well it captures the messiness at the heart of civilized life.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Directed By : Francis Lawrence Written By: Peter Craig and Danny Strong Genre : ADVENTURE/SCI-FI Rated : PG-13 Time : 123 min Starring : Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, and Julianne Moore. Show More Summary

Real People

“Here is the last and biggest piece of advice I have: If you have a story that you want to tell, but you’re afraid that someone in your life is going to feel wounded, whether that feeling is justified or not, fair or not, tell it anyway.” Emma Straub, who recently wrote about her Year […]

The Librarians, Episode 3: “And the Horns of a Dilemma”

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the dorkiest show in town: The Librarians.  We can’t resist its silly charms, as a team consisting of Eve (the fighter), Cassie, (the mathematician), Ezekiel (the thief) and Jake (the art historian) locate magical...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Tess Malone

Whether you like her or not, Lena Dunham is a new literary voice to be reckoned with -- cutting, funny, and sometimes brutal.

Whatcha Reading? December Edition

It’s time, it’s time, it’s time! Let’s talk about what we’re reading and then buy all the books! Great plan, right? Works for me! Sarah: Currently I’m rocking out with some epic sickness, by which I mean I’m on the couch most of the day sleeping because holy bronchitis, Batman. Show More Summary

Bails, balls and books: from Wisden collector to Wisden bookseller

The Wisden Shop in Holmfirth sells… well…Wisdens – the bible of the cricket world since 1864. Chris Ridler is the man behind this specialist bookselling venture and I’ll let him tell his story. It’s a tale that goes way beyond books. “The main oddity may be that I am really just a collector that ended […]

The Top 10 Bestselling Gay Sex Books of 2014

As a sex-advice columnist, I like to keep up with the latest books on gay sex. Given how obsessed gay men are with the subject, you'd think this category would be producing more titles than an automatic profile generator on Grindr, but it isn't. Show More Summary

Graphic Novel Friday: Best of the Year

Our editors pushed up their ruby quartz glasses and debated a Top 20 list with the fierceness of Black Panther and the eloquence of Cypher. What follows below is a collection of New York Times bestsellers alongside blockbuster reads and...

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

"Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past," President Obama declared in a televised address on Dec. 17 as Raul Castro simultaneously addressed Cuba: after a half-century, diplomatic relations between the United States...Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Here’s your yearly guide to Calvin And Hobbes Christmas decorations

Every year around this time, the Internet gets some sort of new Calvin And Hobbes snowman meme, whether it’s some delightful animation or some actual, real-life snowmen. They’re always great and thus the world keeps on making them, much to our delight. Show More Summary

Need a Last Minute Gift? Try the Local Comic Shop

If you're looking for a last minute holiday gift for the nerd in your life, do your best to eschew the big stores and instead take a gander into your closest comic book store. (You can use the handy comic shop locator service to find...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Jean Hanff Korelitz

According to the elves at Goodreads, I’ve read 70 books so far this year, a feat made possible by the fact that I finally figured out how to get New York Public Library audiobooks onto my iPhone.

The Last Book I Loved: Seven Nights

About a month ago, I found Seven Nights in a moving box. I sat down on the basement floor, started reading, and got flung back to that amazing train ride from Chicago to Houston.

Koons Again Accused of Copyright Infringement

A work by Jeff Koons in his retrospective in Paris could set off a legal battle.

“Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid”

“Being nominated for an award feels the way I imagine winning the lottery must feel: You’re deeply grateful and a little disoriented, you feel very lucky, and you know that it could just as easily have been someone else.” Our own Emily St. John Mandel writes about “the vast distance between literary prizes and literary […]

10 Mind-Altering Business Books from 2014

By Scott Goodson As founder of ad agency StrawberryFrog, I read a lot of business books to try to keep up with the newest thinking and fresh ideas. Trouble is, many business books just confirm what you knew already. Rare is the title that truly shifts your thinking and opens your mind to new possibilities. Show More Summary

Interview With Robin Cherry, Author of Garlic: An Edible Biography

Garlic is by and far my favorite food. Not spice. Food. As in I will just eat it because it is the best thing on earth to eat. So how could I possibly resist a book entitled, Garlic: An Edible Biography. Written by the enigmatic Robin Cherry, it is the garlic lover's new bedside bible. This book is thoroughly researched, approachable and engaging. Show More Summary

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