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Nazim Hikmet - Nazim Hikmet Poems - Poem Hunter. Cómo leer más en 2015 | ICON. La cuesta de enero se suele enfilar con agujetas. La resaca del 1 de enero, el no-día por antonomasia, esa jornada en la que mucha gente cena los bordes de la pizza que pidió a domicilio a mediodía, abona la vid para ese sentimiento de culpa en el que florecen los grandes propósitos. Durante esta primera semana del año, en definitiva, se firman cheques que no se podrán pagar. Y una de esas promesas, que uno se formula mientras pierde el tiempo revisando con una mezcla de melancolía y vergüenza las fotografías de la fiesta de Nochevieja en las redes sociales, es la de leer más. En estas listas de propósitos, leer se sitúa (por una extraña razón que quizás anida en la culpa católica) en la misma esfera que, por ejemplo, no beber (en los fines de semana habituales esa promesa dura lo que tarda en desaparecer la resaca física, pero en Año nuevo se trata de una resaca metafísica que no se cura con paracetamol). 1.- Lanza tu móvil al océano (o ponlo en Modo Avión).

Vanityfair. The new movie brings us a heroine whose motto is “have courage and be kind.” But Cinderella wasn’t always so resilient, or generous. For hundreds of years before Disney adopted her, Cinderella belonged to the peasants, a diversionary tale told around the fire, in the centuries before television and radio. Folklorists have uncovered thousands of Cinderellas in places as diverse as China, Japan, ancient Egypt, and the wilds of Tennessee. The most influential Cinderella story is French. Published in 1697 by a society intellectual named Charles Perrault, it was printed under his son’s name (presumably in order to protect his scholarly reputation) as Cendrillon or The Little Glass Slipper.

And it leads us right to the most famous Cinderella retelling: Walt Disney’s 1950 animated classic, Cinderella, now retold itself in the new live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Christopher Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Weitz’s Cinderella ends up somewhere in the middle. J.K. Rowling Just Answered Three Extremely Important "Harry Potter" Questions - BuzzFeed News. 2015 Movie Adaptations Are Going to Be Big! Read These 12 Books Before the Films Come Out To Be Prepared. You’re probably working on your New Year’s resolutions right about now, yes? Well, make a resolution to spend more time with your nose buried in a book, because you’re going to have a lot of reading to do.

Not only are there tons of books you’ll want to get your hands on this coming year, but lots of your favorite reads are getting movie adaptations in 2015, too. And, of course, it’s always fun to be that girl who goes to the theater having already read the title — and who can say with confidence, “Yes, the book was much better.” (Oh, that smug face looks so good on you.) This year has been a stellar one for movies — particularly book adaptations — and 2015 is jam-packed with a seriously great roster, as well. Here are 12 the books you should read before the movie adaptations hit the big screen in 2015. Still Alice by Lisa Genova This is the story of a successful woman who slowly starts experiencing the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. Oh, yeah. Finish That Book! You suffer when you quit a story midway through—and so does literature. I finish every single novel I start. If I happen upon the first line of a 1,000-page novel, I of course don’t feel compelled to read to the end.

But as a matter of personal policy, when I decide I’m going to read a novel, I read the whole thing. I’ve gathered over the years that my persistence—or stubbornness, depending on your point of view—is unusual. Most people I encounter think nothing of dropping a novel halfway because they find it boring or because they can see where it’s going or because they forgot it on the subway and moved on to the next thing. This behavior, common though it may be, seems lazy to me.

I realize that cultural judgments like this are no longer broadly acceptable. At risk of offending the no-judgments crowd, here is my case. First: Pleasure. Deep into the novel Mr. That’s just one example. Second: Fortitude. Readability Is a Myth. There aren't "difficult" books and "easy" ones. There are books that are difficult for some people, and easy for others.

Julie Falk/Flickr What's the most difficult book you've ever read? For me, at least within recent memory, there's no question—the book that was hardest for me to slog through, the book that I would have put down if I didn't have to read it for work, was E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shades of Grey is not the sort of book that most people think of when they think of difficult books.

When Juliet Lapidos argued at The Atlantic that you have a moral and intellectual duty to finish a novel once you start it, the books she discussed were by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Ian McEwan—serious novels with some critical standing behind them. "Difficult," when applied to literature, generally refers to works that are hard to read, hard to get through, hard to finish. Again, the problem with this is that it isn't true: "Difficulty," like "good" or "bad," is subjective. Barbara Kay: Exploring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful new book about race.

Race is the great cultural subject of our time. The literature of former colonies and mother countries is awash in reflection — angry, guilty, grieving, optimistic, pessimistic — on blacks and whites’ shared past, often ugly, never less than troubled. I have read novels by American, British and African writers that deal with race tensions in America, Britain and Africa. But Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is something new, a literary panopticon: a novel that simultaneously expands the reader’s understanding, not only about relations between blacks and whites on all three continents, but also about relations amongst blacks on all three continents. Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was longlisted for the Booker prize.

Her second, Half a Yellow Sun, won the prestigious Orange Prize. Americanah is the word Nigerians apply to one amongst them who has lived in America and then come home. Ifemilu’s Nigerian circle always has scolded Ifemelu for her judgmentalism. National Post. Lauren Child: how we made Charlie and Lola. Lauren Child, author Lola appeared to me in the flesh on a train from Copenhagen to Jutland.

I was visiting my Danish boyfriend and we found ourselves sharing a carriage with a couple and their little girl, who kept bombarding them with questions while they were trying to read the paper. She looked like a pixie and, although she was clearly driving her parents to distraction, I found her mesmerising. When I got home, I sketched a picture of her from memory and set about finding a story that suited her.

My boyfriend had a younger sister called Sofie and, when I looked through family albums, I found she bore a resemblance to my pixie girl. So I drew on tales he told me about their childhood. In those same family albums were pictures of my boyfriend in a T-shirt with different coloured sleeves and his name in flock. Children have a world you can’t enter as an adult. It took some time to convince my publisher it would work. Francesca Dow, editor. Our Favorite Cookbooks (to Gift) of 2014 Slideshow. Children's Books Should Be Scary.

The long tradition of moral ambiguity and unhappy endings in kids' fiction returns with Evangeline Lilly's The Squickerwonkers. Evangeline Lilly's creepy Squickerwonkers are the latest characters to scare—and teach—children. (Titan Books; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; The Atlantic) Children’s fiction—in literature and in film—faces a curious challenge: Adults usually write the story, dream up the characters, and try, in a somewhat circuitous way, to teach children lessons they believe children should be taught. Given that fact, creating scary children’s fiction is an even more curious challenge: Many adult writers pull back from fully covering themes they deem inappropriate or too scary for young readers, by giving their stories happy endings and clearly drawn lines between the "good" and "bad" characters. That way, kids have no confusion about what's right and what's wrong.

In The Squickerwonkers, actress Evangeline Lilly tries to break the pattern. And these guys are creepy. Haworth, England: The Tiny Town That Inspired Every Single Bronte Sister Novel. Haworth, England (Photo: Matthew Hartley/Flickr) You pronounce it How’it. The cobbled streets of Haworth, a pretty little English village that clings to the edge of the West Yorkshire moors, wind up the hill, and are lined with pubs like the Fleece, Mrs Beighton’s Sweet Shop, selling black and white minds, the Old Lion Inn, Venables Bookshop.

In summer when it’s light until 11 p.m., it bustles with visitors; in winter, under snow, it’s other-worldly and full of ghosts. From every point, as I climb the main street, to the Bronte Parsonage that sits at the very top of the village, there are views of the moors, a huge landscape that reaches into infinity, criss-crossed by the gray stone dry walls, put together without mortar that last forever, a scene more rugged, more powerful than pretty. I feel there are ghosts just over the hill. Related: Never Leave Your Room with These Hotels for Book Lovers The Bronte Parsonage (Photo: Mary/flickr) All dead by 40. Related: Completely Crazy? A Not-So-Young Audience for Young Adult Books.

Photo When I was 13, my most literary friend, Amy, recommended that I read Colette’s novel “Chéri,” about an aging courtesan’s relationship with her young lover. I tried, but couldn’t make it all the way through. “It’s so boring!” I told Amy. “There’s so much complaining about getting older. What’s the big deal, everyone gets older,” I added uncharitably. I have a vague, shameful memory of tossing Colette aside and instead picking up my go-to book, a well-worn copy of that 1970s teenage classic, “Go Ask Alice.” It may still be true that most teenagers don’t want to read about the problems of the middle-aged (though we could probably terrify them with a dystopian book called “The AARP Games”). The phenomenon of fully grown people reading young-adult (Y.A.) books has gotten a lot of attention, not all of it favorable, and some of it leading to a small Y.A. war of words.

I wouldn’t try to change Ms. It can’t be denied that part of that feeling is nostalgia. And as for the Y.A. war? Agatha Christie Disappearance - Gone Girl. Photo: Courtesy of AgathaChristie.com. On December 3, 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared. She was 36 years old and already a famous novelist, having published the first three books of her long career. Around 11 p.m. her car was found, the engine having run dead, by the side of a lake. Inside the car were several items of her clothing and identification. For 11 days, a massive manhunt ensued to find the legendary mystery writer. While local lakes were dredged, divers dispatched, and the search expanded to four counties, police eventually announced they were looking for a body.

And, it was Archie who announced to the press on December 14, that his recently recovered wife was suffering from amnesia. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. In 1926, Agatha's marriage was falling apart. After leaving her car, she walked to town, taking the train to London and then on Harrogate, a spa town in Yorkshire.

While at the hotel, Christie made no attempt to hide from guests or staff. Theories abounded. A Book from the Beginning. La última carta de García Lorca. “En tu carta hay cosas que no debes, que no puedes pensar. Tú vales mucho y tienes que tener tu recompensa. Piensa en lo que puedas hacer y comunícamelo enseguida para ayudarte en lo que sea, pero obra con gran cautela. Estoy muy preocupado pero como te conozco sé que vencerás todas las dificultades porque te sobra energía, gracia y alegría, como decimos los flamencos, para parar un tren”. Sobre la cuartilla blanca, fechada el 18 de julio de 1936 en Granada, Federico García Lorca trataba de consolar a su enamorado Juan Ramírez de Lucas.

La pareja se encontraba llena de ilusiones y de proyectos. Los tres folios, escritos a mano, con palabras subrayadas y alguna tachadura, llegaron a su destino cuatro días después, antes de que se cortaran las comunicaciones entre la zona republicana y la nacional. Tres cuartos de siglo después, Federico García Lorca sigue siendo noticia. El poeta, tan famoso como carismático, se encontraba en la cumbre de su fama. Charlotte Bronte Inspiration For Mr Rochester's House Receives Restoration Award. The Historic Houses Association have announced that the 2014 Restoration Award has been given to Norton Conyers, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, home of Sir James and Lady Graham.

The late medieval house, extensively rebuilt in the 17th century1, has been the home of the Graham family since 1624. It is perhaps most famous for being an inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Brontë’s celebrated novel Jane Eyre. The novelist is believed to have visited Norton Conyers in 1839 and the family legend of a “madwoman” secretly confined to an attic room might have given her the idea for the crazed Mrs Rochester. Sir James and Lady Graham, a former museum curator, began the restoration of Norton Conyers in 2006. Richard Compton, President of the Historic Houses Association comments: “Norton Conyers is a very special house, steeped in history.

Harry Dalmeny, Chairman, UK Private Clients said: “The Grahams have achieved an heroic restoration. Mr Rochester’s study in Brontë’s novel. History's most powerful and poignant love letters. A quick "I love you, babes" text might do the job nowadays but such a flippant declaration of romance would hardly stand the test of time. For years and years, history's greatest lovers have been putting voice to their feelings via the humble pen, translating the tumult of their hearts into a series of ardent, amorous and impassioned letters.

At times, poetic and sexual, lyrical and desperate, these heartfelt missives never fail to strike a chord in the eye of the reader. Whether it's Richard Burton raving about Liz Taylor's "special and dangerous loveliness" or Oscar Wilde heralding his lover Bosie's "red rose-leaf lips", these letters strip away emotional barriers to lay bare their authors' true and often anguished state of mind. Come revel in the spirit of literary lust and remind yourself of the sensual power of words in a pre-internet and mobile era, with our pick of history's most moving and powerful love letters... From Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf - 1927 Diego. Anais: Oscar. The Economics of Jane Austen. In her fiction, the 18th-century novelist wrestled with the same question that preoccupied Adam Smith: Does the pursuit of wealth diminish a person's moral integrity?

Wikimedia Commons When Jane Austen died in 1817, her reinvention began. Her brother Henry Austen published, as the preface to the posthumous edition of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, a biographical note that praised her modesty and her financial disinterestedness. According to Henry, Jane accounted herself astonished when her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, made her £150. “Few so gifted were so truly unpretending,” Henry tells us. It is in every way a deeply felt, generous obituary, but the self-effacing, even “faultless” Jane character it imagines has more in common with Emma Woodhouse’s altogether-too-perfect bugbear Jane Fairfax than it does with the author who complained in a letter to a friend that she would have really preferred a bigger advance than the £110 she received for Pride and Prejudice. Lois Lowry on Giving Up ‘The Giver’ to Hollywood. Psychologists Find a Surprising Thing Happens to Kids Who Read Harry Potter. Elizabeth Gilbert: The 7 books that shaped me as a writer.

Test Your Vocabulary - Result. 'City of Heavenly Fire': Cassandra Clare chats with Sophie Turner. The Lens of the Dreamscape | I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's dispiriting to find that others don't seem to imagine that a character like Warden could be played by a non-white actor, and seem to have a very different mental image than that held. Charlotte Bronte's Journal - The British Library. Dating in the 21st Century: A Reading List.

Please Look After Mom. 30 great opening lines in literature. Best Young Adult Series - Top Fiction Reading List. 10 Young Adult Books You Need To Read Now. Top 10 Amazing Libraries - In Pictures. Un Perro Andaluz. Migraine Monologues: The Dreamwalker Author - Samantha Shannon on how migraines inspired her debut novel, The Bone Season.

17 Books to Read Before the Movie Hits Theatres This Year. From the Design Desk: Head and Tail Bands. El país donde una de cada diez personas publica un libro - BBC Mundo - Noticias. Kick off the School Year with These Must-Read Books. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. 7 Reasons Why We're Still Fascinated By Virginia Woolf. Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love. A Whole Lot of Americans Would Be Angry if Their Public Library Closed - Emily Badger. One Way to Keep Writing: 'Remember Death' - Joe Fassler.

Take a peek at the world's most exquisite libraries. Walt Whitman Is Great at Twitter - Rebecca J. Rosen. The 15 Most Exciting YA Books Coming Out This Year. Friends remember Nora Ephron. Stephen King: on alcoholism and returning to the Shining. Cómo NO escribir un relato de terror. Dream Story. Fire Above, Fire Below by Garth Nix.