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Why the book phone challenge is the social media craze of the summer.

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… getting knowledge over here ! #bookphonechallenge #daddyanddaughter #knowledgeispower #blackexellence #familygoals #familyfirst A post shared by Shomari Ccw Man Hudson (@s_dot_elite) on Aug 3, 2017 at 9:12am PDT The #bookphonechallenge started with Lord Jamar, a hip-hop artist from the group Brand Nubian. In his first post, he wrote, “On my phone, knowledge is calling.” Soon after, he made a funny video using his Books as a make-believe phone. The challenge was born. …

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The subversive genius of Joe Orton – BBC News

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“It was so bizarre.” Image copyright Central Press/Getty Images Image copyright Islington Local History Centre Image caption It is not entirely clear why Halliwell murdered Orton, but in a brief suicide note he wrote: “If you read his diary all will be explained” Entertaining Mr Sloane, a black comedy that touched on homosexuality and hypocrisy, was widely praised on its release, also in 1964, including by theatre heavyweights such as Terence Rattigan and …

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

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The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my noteBooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open a dance studio. When I left my small hometown …

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Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect

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… centuries of tolerant co-existence and even its turbulent present defy the sectarian logic of partition. And I have faith that it will survive the disasters designed to flow from it, even 70 years on. Fatima Bhuttos most recent book, Nayantara Sahgal Books by Nayantara Sahgal. Photograph: Saurabh Das/AP I am the daughter of parents who fought for freedom under Mahatma Gandhis leadership, and my father died of his fourth imprisonment during British rule. Gandhi overturned the …

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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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