background preloader


Facebook Twitter

MiNDFOOD. Mag-nificant! on Pinterest | The New Yorker, Optical Illusion Art and Super Troopers. The 100 best books of 2012 - New Zealand Listener. Books & Culture editor Guy Somerset & the Listener’s team of reviewers on the year’s top reads. To find out what the top 50 children’s books of 2012 are, click here. Getty Images/Listener photo illustration ANCIENT LIGHT, by John Banville (Viking, $37). Revisiting characters from previous novels Eclipse and Shroud, Ancient Light brims with gorgeous turns of phrase and Banville’s insights glow with a sharp, lacquered edge. THE BIG MUSIC, by Kirsty Gunn (Faber and Faber, $36.99). BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, by Ben Fountain (Canongate, $36.99). BRING UP THE BODIES, by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate, $37.99).

THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, by Julia Otsuka (Fig Tree, $37). CANADA, by Richard Ford (Bloomsbury, $36.99). THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS, by Peter Carey (Penguin, $30). THE COVE, by Ron Rash (Text, $37). THE DAYLIGHT GATE, by Jeanette Winterson (Hammer, $28.99). DEATH ON DEMAND, by Paul Thomas (Hodder Moa, $36.99). DISGRACE, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Michael Joseph, $37). ARE YOU MY MOTHER? Ariadne | Web Magazine for Information Professionals. Good Reading Magazine :: Home. Booknotes Unbound - by the New Zealand Book Council. Top book-recommendation platforms: what are your favourites? As Penguin Random House launches a social network for book recommendations – seen by some as welcome support for independent booksellers – we take a look at reading recommendations on the web.

What are the best platforms for social reading? Which, if any, are you using and what are your tips for sharing your reads online? 1. Goodreads This titan of personalised book recommendations uses algorithms created by an engine that "analyses 20 billion data points" and has a very strong social component. You can organise your own virtual library, create a wishlist and find out what your friends – or other members of the community – are reading and reviewing. Described by its creators as "the Netflix of book recommendations", it also includes quizzes, quotes, its own awards and even a reading challenge. 2.

But did Amazon really need to buy Goodreads? 3. 4. 5. 6. Created by the Facebook marketing platform Odyl, Riffle has been described as a Pinterest for book discovery. 7. 8. Book Reviews. JANUARY MAGAZINE - Book News, Reviews, Author Interviews. "Patterns" by Kristiina Ehin, recommended by The... The most eagerly awaited fiction of 2015. This year was, by virtually all accounts, a big one for fiction: new novels by Sarah Waters, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Colm Tóibín, Howard Jacobson and Ali Smith, with the final two appearing on the Man Booker shortlist; at the end, the prize was won by Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan in the year that finally allowed American writers into the competition. There were short-story collections by Hilary Mantel and Rose Tremain, and enormously successful novels in the shape of Jessie Burton’s bestselling debut The Miniaturist and Neel Mukherjee’s second novel The Lives of Others that also found favour with the Booker judges.

So what does 2015 have in store? January kicks proceedings off with some pretty compelling narratives. March brings with it that Kazuo Ishiguro novel, the first since Never Let Me Go (Nocturnes, five pieces of short fiction with a musical theme, appeared in between). Books Section. Barbara Berman reviews Heather Christle's Heliopause today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more Yumi Sakugawa discusses her latest book, Ikebana, discovering meditation, exploring blank spaces, and drawing a world of sentient oranges and one-eyed monsters. ...more Connor Goodwin reviews The Mountain and the Wall by Alisa Ganieva today in Rumpus Books. ...more I wanted what Ari wanted: affirmation that I could be a good mother while making mistakes and having ugly, difficult thoughts....more Jeff Lennon reviews Rachel Eliza Griffiths's Lighting the Shadow today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more Author Christopher Bollen talks about his sophomore novel, Orient, secrets and privacy, sexual orientation in fiction, and the lost art of the whodunit mystery. ...more James Reich reviews When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy today in Rumpus Books. ...more Tom Andes reviews Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates today in Rumpus Books. ...more.

Book Reviews - The Christian Science Monitor. Books and Culture | A Christian Review. BOOKS | Books & Book Reviews | Australian Reading & Literature | The Australian. Untitled. Book News, Reviews, Author Interviews & Recommendations. Comment Why Nick Cave joined writers' call on the government to explain Sam Twyford-Moore 8:23pm Nick Cave – the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, an Australian icon with true standing on the international stage – is not just a singer and songwriter.

He's a novelist and a poet too. And all of his work in music has been informed by this literary identity. Books that changed me: Daniel Herborn Daniel Herborn Daniel Herborn is a writer and lawyer who lives in Sydney. Turning Pages: The dominance of Gone Girl in the domestic noir world Jane Sullivan Ever since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl exploded onto the literary scene with sales in the millions and a high-profile film to follow, and then yet more huge sales, publishers and readers have been on the lookout for something that will have the same magic appeal.

David Astle walks into awareness with Will Self David Astle To make my date on time I need to march in quickstep. Welcome to The Bloomsbury Review. Best Sellers. Book Club Archives - New Zealand Listener. An Annotated Guide to End-of-the-Year Best Book Lists (Part 1) - Isak. Books Archives. The first time I read Matthew Salesses’ work was five years ago, when we were published together in a (now-defunct) online literary journal, Pindeldyboz.

Matt’s flash fiction story, one of several that would eventually form his chapbook collection Our Island of Epidemics, blew me away for its mingling of lyricism, surprise, myth, and human longing. After I reached out to tell him I admired his work, we became friends, and since then I’ve followed his career closely, as he’s published the chapbook, a novella (The Last Repatriate), a novel-in-flash (I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying), an ebook of essays (Different Racisms), and now, his first full-length novel, The Hundred Year Flood. What I admire about Matt is how he is able to tackle different genres, different aesthetics, and different forms, all with the same insight and empathy that first captured me in that first piece of flash I encountered.

Karissa Chen: I’d like to start off by talking a little bit about the genesis of this book. Theneeds | Web discovery. Made simple. Fiction reviews - Novels and criticism reviewed. Books + News. Book Reviews, Excerpts, eBooks and Reader Exclusives - HuffPost Books. Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics. 3:AM Magazine. The Millions. Laughing Squid. - Free Online Magazines.

Mashable. Reader’s Digest: Official Site to Subscribe & Find Great Reads. Rolling Stone – Music, Movies, TV, Politics, Country, and Culture. Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts - Fun Quizzes and Trivia | Mental Floss. Arts and Culture | Departures. By Julian Sancton Sep-2015 Over the past decade, Abu Dhabi has spent billions creating a cultural paradise on the recently uninhabited island of Saadiyat, including outposts of the Louvre and the Guggenheim. MORE FEATURES: 1 of 5 © Ateliers Jean Nouvel, ArteFactory, TDIC, Lourve Abu Dhabi Model, singer, and boundary breaker, Grace Jones defined the disco era. Now with a new memoir, she's back. MORE FEATURES: 3 of 5 © Christopher Pillitz / Getty Images By Elizabeth Sile Sep-2015 Where to eat the country’s signature staple.

MORE FEATURES: 5 of 5 © Courtesy Adam Wiseman / Phaidon. Donald Trump: Supporter at Rally Says Obama is Muslim. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump took questions at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Thursday, and the first one came from an audience member who expressed anti-Muslim sentiment. “We have a problem in this country, it’s called Muslims. Our current President is one. We know he’s not even an American,” the audience member said. “We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?” In response to that question, which as Trump noted was the first question of the Town Hall, the presidential contender said, “we’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”

“A lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. Trump did not correct the audience member and note that the President of the United States is both an American and a Christian. Read more: ‘How to Make Donald Trump Disappear’ On the other hand, when Sen. Watch the full clip below.

TIME - Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates. The New Yorker. Books, Readings, and Lectures in New York City. Harper's Magazine. Harper's Magazine. World Edition - The Atlantic. Ben Carson is rising. How long until he falls? How long can Ben Carson last? If history is any judge, the answer is "not long. " That's what happens to candidates like him: They receive a surge of interest, get subjected to media scrutiny, don't fare too well under that scrutiny, and fade away in short order.

One might argue that this is the year that proved historical precedents are meaningless, but that may only apply to Donald Trump, a unique candidate if ever there was one. So while politics is always unpredictable, chances are strong that Ben Carson's elevated status will be temporary. Nevertheless, he deserves some credit for managing to push himself toward the front of the pack without the benefit of a Trump-like wave of news coverage. It's rooted in the fact that he's one of the "outsider" candidates, which proves that no matter how many times candidates tell voters, "Support me because I have no experience in a job like this and barely any idea what it involves," some voters will buy it.

More Perspectives Ruth Margolis. Celebrity News, Celebrity Photos, Exclusives and Star Style. Magazine. PCMag Australia. Latest in Photography, Photographer Interviews & More | American Photo. Picinamin on Wibki! Discover, Bookmark & Share Your Web.