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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Jun 08 2018: Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was ...

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Poetry reading on the rise

Jun 08 2018: Poetry reading in the U.S. has increased, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts' 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. Nearly 12% (28 million) adults read poetry in the last year, the highest on record as a share of the total U.S. ...

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Kamila Shamsie wins Women's Prize for Fiction

Jun 07 2018: Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, which reworks Sophocles' tragedy Antigone to tell the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to Islamic State, has won the Women’s prize for fiction. The book was acclaimed by judges as "the story of our times."

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A story of survival: New York’s last remaining independent bookshops

Jun 03 2018: With small traders struggling to stay afloat, writer Philippe Ungar and photographer Franck Bohbot travelled across New York to meet 50 indie booksellers in their habitats...

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NPR says that a 1980s study on early childhood education that has been cited 8,000+ times is not valid

Jun 03 2018: NPR's All Things Considered calls into question a 1980s study on early childhood education that has been cited more than 8,000 times:

Did you know that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3? Chances are, if you're the type of person who ...

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Author Niall Ferguson leaves Stanford role after ordering 'opposition research' on a student in free speech row

Jun 01 2018: Niall Ferguson, the prominent British historian, has left his role with a Stanford university free speech initiative after leaked emails showed him suggesting "opposition research" be carried out on a left-wing student.

Ferguson resigned from a leadership position on...

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Author Germaine Greer stirs furor with call for lighter rape penalty

May 31 2018: The Australian author and academic Germaine Greer, one of the most contrarian voices on feminism, has stirred a furor by dismissing rape as "bad sex" and calling for a lower penalty for perpetrators of sexual assault.

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Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers?

May 26 2018: Writing in The Guardian, Alison Flood asks why is it that, even when they’re central to the story, women over 40 get pushed to one side when it's time to design the book jacket?

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