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Jane Austen teen author before her time

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Far from being the epitome of genteel propriety, her earliest fiction reveals an anarchic spirit with a disdain for authority to match any modern adolescent Teenagers had not yet been invented in the late 1780s, when the young is available from the Guardian Bookshop for 7.64 Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/Books/2017/jul/18/jane-austen-teen-author-before-her-time …

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MashReads Podcast: ‘The Idiot’ is one of the best books you’ll read all year

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… writes later on in the book. Put all together, Elif Batuman’s the The Idiot is a smart, fresh, and disarmingly relatable novel that’s sure to be one of the best Books you’ll read all year. This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss Elif Batuman’s new novel The Idiot. Join us as we talk about language, passive vs. active characters, and what makes The Idiot so special. Then, inspired by The Idiot, which follows conventions of Russian literature, we discuss …

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Spider-Man: Homecoming at last a superhero film for millennials

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With an authentically awkward star turn from Tom Holland, the latest outing for Marvels web-slinger is perfectly tuned for a teenage audience Comic Books arent for children any more, and neither are comic-book films. Yes, you can take the kids to newspaper thinkpieces. This is a big part of the reason why the Avengers, as uncool grownups who just dont get what the kids are up to. Chris Evans Captain America makes an appearance, hilariously memefied into a public service announcement in which he …

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Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers part one

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… opening chapters, this is one of the most important Books on colonialism to be written in our time, and by one of our most brilliant young historians. Finally, Im looking forward to finishing The Epic City (Bloomsbury), a beautifully observed and even more beautifully written new study of Calcutta. In its author, Kushanava Choudhury, we clearly have an important new talent. Richard Ford If youre interested in Dublin, or if youre interested in the novelist John Banville, or if youre just …

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Sophie Calle: What attracts me is absence, missing, death | Eva Wiseman

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… Inside her house, a glass-fronted studio hidden behind a graffitied garage door, its cool and smells of freesias which Calle picks through as she talks. She is an artist who works with absence, whether stolen paintings in an exhibition of missing art, or boyfriends who have left. She publishes delicate Books of photography and text, work thats won as many eye-rolls for its Emin-adjacent intimacy as it has prizes. And at 63, she is finally about to break America, with her first full-career …

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The day John Cleese asked me in for tea, sympathy and careers advice

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Its 1986, and Tom Connolly, a directionless, drunk 19-year-old writes to his comic hero suggesting they co-write a film. To his amazement he receives a reply, containing an invitation As a directionless 19-year-old in 1986, I wrote a drunken letter to my hero John Cleese after watching a Un Chien Andalou and Men Like Air is published by Myriad at 9.99. To buy a copy for 8.49, go to …

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That Time Michael Lewis Complained About Dating A Hot Woman

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Michael Lewis is best known for milling complicated subject matter like mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations into compulsively readable bestsellers, including Liars Poker, The Big Short and Moneyball. His Books get churned into movies that star Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock. In the world of financial journalism actually, just in journalism the 56-year-old New Orleans native is a king. A rock-star millionaire writer at the top of his craft, far above …

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