Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion

Last Friday in Chennai, India Magnus Carlsen became the second-youngest ever world chess champion. The 22-year-old Norwegian defeated Viswanathan Anand, world champion since 2007 and Chennai's hometown hero. Carlsen has the highest ever recorded rating. Ratings cannot predict actual play, but his high rating implies that if a tournament of the greatest ever were played, Carlsen would win.

Claire DeWitt and the Best Mysteries I've Read in Awhile


Those of us who are avid mystery readers are familiar with the tropes of the genre. We’ve got the anti-heroes who aren’t above breaking the law in the pursuit of justice, we’ve got the fluffy heroines who get themselves in and out of danger with ridiculous regularity. We’ve got the cozy cottage mysteries and the hard-boiled detectives. I do not believe, though, that we’ve ever met a heroine quite like Claire DeWitt.

Books That Make You Hungry!

Thanksgiving is coming up, and the holiday food fest will begin in earnest! Instead of the usual compilation of cookbooks and classic dishes with a twist, how about a list of novels featuring food instead?Stories about bakeries, chefs and running restaurants, families, foreign lands, and fantastical menus sprinkled throughout will have you drooling in no time.

Who’s Turning 50?

On November 23, 1963, Doctor Who premiered to British audiences during tea time. The show focused on the experience of the human teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton who got sucked in to the adventures of the mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter, Susan. From the beginning, the show established the high stakes of traveling in the TARDIS (that’s Time And Relative Dimension In Space for the uninitiated) and introduced the classic villains.


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