Southern Russia, the venue for the coming Winter Olympics, is a wild land known for its breathtaking beauty and centuries of conflict. It has long inspired Russian writers; here are three classic books on the region.
Jehane Noujaim's documentary The Square, which chronicles three years of political turmoil in Egypt, is the first film from that country to be nominated for an Academy Award. But the filmmaker has struggled to show the film in its home country.
He was a central figure of the Beat Generation whose influence extended beyond literature to rock music and visual arts. He lived all over the world but spent his last years in Lawrence, Kansas — he liked the quiet there and the opportunity to fish and hunt.
Not much happens in An Unnecessary Woman, Lebanese-American author Rabih Alameddine's novel about an elderly recluse who spends her time reading and translating. But what does happen shows a life in all its mundane, unconventional brilliance.
Americans who got a quarter of their daily calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who limited their intake to much lower levels, fresh research finds. Unfortunately, most of us have a sugar habit that puts us in the danger zone.
Critic John Powers says that Borgen, a Danish TV series about a woman who unexpectedly becomes Denmark's prime minister is "irresistibly bingeable." The third and final season has just been released on DVD.
Because the sound of someone's voice can draw you to them in a different — and sometimes stronger — way than a photograph, Wikipedia editors are adding voice clips to the biographical entries for famous figures.
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