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The borrowers: why Finland’s cities are havens for library lovers

Helsinkis state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. Its a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned, says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan diplomat, Razmyar arrived in Revolutionising the library artists impressions of the design for Oodi, including (clockwise): the exterior, the top floor childrens area and the recording studio In recognition of that fact, at a time…

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Margot Kidder, Superman’s Lois Lane, dies aged 69

Canadian-born actor, who secured screen stardom via blockbusting comic book adaptation, experienced long-term mental health issues Margot Kidder, whose best known role was as reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie has died aged 69. a highly publicised breakdown in 1996 in which she disappeared for four days. She subsequently turned to social and political activism, becoming an organiser for the Progressive Democrats of America and writing numerous articles for left-leaning publications. Kidder was married three times: to novelist Thomas McGuane (with whom she had a daughter, Maggie), actor…

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Patrick Melrose review a brilliant portrayal of addiction

Benedict Cumberbatch had long wanted to play Edward St Aubyns character and David Nichollss adaptation shows the actors deep understanding of the role The phone rings, one of those telephones from my childhood, with a curly wire connecting the receiver. A stripy-shirted arm reaches for it tentatively. Hello? says a voice deep, aristocratic, lugubrious and woozy, but unmistakably Benedict Cumberbatch (confirmed when the camera eventually looks higher). There is a delay and an echo on the line (remember that?). Sad news from New York: his father has died. Patrick Melrose,…

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End of the American dream? The dark history of ‘America first’

When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history a sign of what was to follow in his presidency Sadly, the American dream is dead, Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. It seemed an astonishing thing for a candidate to say; people campaigning for president usually glorify the nation they hope to lead, flattering voters into choosing them. But this reversal was just a taste of what was…

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest director Milo Forman dies aged 86

Film-maker became key figure of the Czech new wave before emigrating to the US and establishing a successful career in Hollywood Milo Forman, the Czech-born director of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86. Producer Michael Douglas later told the Guardian the hiring was on the strength of The Firemans Ball: It took place in one enclosed situation, with a plethora of unique characters he had the ability to juggle. With a cast led by Jack Nicholson at the height of his…

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This Hand Painted Oscar Winning Short is One of the Most Beautiful Animations Youll See

The Old Man and the Sea is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film won countless awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000. According to Wikipedia: Work on the film began in March 1997. It took Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dmitri Petrov (who helped his father) until April 1999 to paint each of the 29,000+ frames. The film’s technique, pastel oil paintings on glass, is mastered by only…

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We Photographed Hundreds Of The Most Beautiful Chickens, And Just Look At Them!

In 2013 I decided to go in search of a Concincina as a pet for my studio garden in Milan. That’s when I met Giorgio, a farmer who invited me to an aviary exhibition. My friend and work partner Moreno joined me in this passion/madness and we started to take pictures of literally hundreds of chickens and roosters. Eventually, we ended up with enough material to think about publishing a book. That’s why we just launched a Kickstarter campaign. reply View More Replies… reply reply reply reply View More Replies……

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This video of a debut author seeing her novel for the first time is amazing

Unwrapping any book in the post is always a little bit exciting, but now imagine it’s your book that you actually wrote yourself. Then imagine your reaction going viral on Twitter to the point where Stephen fricking King actually ends up retweeting it. That’s what happened to author Tomi Adeyemi on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is coming out next month. On Tuesday, Adeyemi received her first copy…

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Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement

Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Alison Flood Last modified on Tue 23 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Germaine Greer: All the powerful men who are now in all sorts of trouble are already briefing their lawyers. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian…

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Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist

Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Sian Cain @siancain Last modified on Thu 18 Jan 2018 07.37EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moving to the news stand books by Elena Ferrante on display in a bookshop…

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Some of that explosive book on Trump will be proved wrong. Here’s what won’t.

Donald and Melania Trump return to Washington DC on January 1.Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s safe to say that Fire and Fury, which lived up to its title in the way it hit bookstores Friday, is not the most rigorously fact-checked book in history.  The author of the tome that has set Washington ablaze, Michael Wolff, has a reputation from his New York media columnist days for “reconstructing” conversations with his subjects inaccurately. And it doesn’t seem the old dog has learned any new tricks this time around.  SEE ALSO:…

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‘The difficulty is the point’: teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in Ive recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer questions about aspects of literature, such as free indirect speech or genre. They also had to write an essay of 1,000 words, on the work of Helen Garner, Christos Tsiolkas, Judith Wright, Jack Davis or Tim Winton. My students are, for…

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Zora Neale Hurston study of last survivor of US slave trade to be published

Due in May, Barracoon is based on the novelists 1931 interviews with Cudjo Lewis, who had arrived in the US in 1860 A previously unpublished work by Zora Neale Hurston, in which the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God recounts the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, is set to be released next year, more than half a century after her death in 1960. Barracoon is based on the three months Hurston spent in Plateau, Alabama, in 1931, interviewing Cudjo Lewis, who had…

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Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: I would love to have told Trump: Back off, you creep

The presidential candidate and the classicist discuss winners and losers Hillary Clinton is sequestered in a hotel room, giving a big television interview, when Mary Beard arrives at Claridges. While she waits outside on the sofa, though, it quickly becomes clear that the star of this conversation is the classicist. One by one, members of Clintons staff approach in reverent tones to declare her their heroine. Even a passing cameraman stops to pay court and say: I love you! Does this happen to Beard all the time? Yes, she laughs,…

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