Chicago Pride Parade Floats' Tires Slashed

Today's a great day for gay people, parade-loving people, friends of gays and parade lovers, and those of us with extensive sequined thong and feather boa collections that just don't get enough play. In spite of the wide net cast by an event designed to celebrate diversity, acceptance, and love, it isn't all joy and… » 6/26/11 11:35am 6/26/11 11:35am

Science Discovers What Books Are For: Evolution

Many a recalcitrant student has asked, "What's the point of reading?" Now science has an answer — but you might not like it. » 1/15/09 5:00pm 1/15/09 5:00pm

A recent study reported in showed that novels — or at least Victorian novels — might serve an evolutionary purpose by reinforcing communal values. Scientists distributed a questionnaire about…

Jane Austen Has Nothing To Do With The Discussion

There's a piece » 10/29/08 12:30pm 10/29/08 12:30pm in Britain's about how Jane Austen weathered her own "banking crisis." Her brother was a banker who had business problems; it was stressful. In other words, it had exactly nothing to do with the global economic situation. Look, gang, I love Jane Austen as much as the next gal, but can we please have…

Are You "Practical", "Wildly Impulsive" or "Vulgar"? Ask Jane Austen

Missing today's installment of the book nerdy Fine Lines? Well, our writer is on vacation — so perhaps you can get your YA fix from this handy Radar quiz on teen novels. But! The Telegraph has a quiz to help you determine which character in Sense and Sensibility you are most like. Are you an Elinor ("Sense"), someone… » 1/04/08 4:00pm 1/04/08 4:00pm