Comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country. You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him? Comedian and born-and-bred townie Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis one by one.
"Disappointing after reading previous TH titles"
The aim of the book is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. (Why is it a troop of baboons, but a shrewdness of apes?). We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with a price attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...
Machines are substituting for more types of human labor than ever before. This means that the real winners of the future will be neither the providers of cheap labor nor the owners of ordinary capital, but rather those who can innovate and create new products, services, and business models.
Conventional wisdom in the West blames the Ukraine crisis on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong: Washington and its European allies actually share most of the responsibility, having spent decades pushing east into Russia's natural sphere of interest.
The May/June 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Instead of trying to predict "Black Swan" events such as coups or crises, forecasters should look at how political systems handle disorder. The best indicator of a country's future trajectory is not a lengthy past stability, but recent moderate volatility.
"Good short story"
As China's global power grows, Beijing is learning that its image matters.
Most observers agree that the United States, propelled by its boom in oil and gas production, is becoming increasingly central to global energy.
In this issue: "Dangerous Gamesmanship", by Steve Coll; "Where Are the Children?", by Sarah Stillman; "The Man Who Broke the Music Business", by Stephen Witt; and "New York Odyssey", by Peter Schjeldahl.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
Neuroscience has demonstrated that meditation has tangible and significant benefits for both body and mind.
You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
"An eight hour rant"
The July/August 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs.
Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.
With U.S. hegemony waning and no successor waiting to pick up the baton, the current international system will likely give way to a larger number of power centers acting with increasing autonomy. The post-Cold War order is unraveling, and it will be missed.
Technology Review, the award winning magazine from MIT, is the only publication you need to keep up with what's happening in every area of emerging technology. Audible Technology Review incorporates key feature stories from the magazine and is published ten times each year.
Responding to Mearsheimer's controversial essay blaming the West for the Ukraine crisis, McFaul and Sestanovich put the blame back on Putin and his ideological extremism, denying that NATO expansion provoked him. Mearsheimer replies.
Conventional wisdom says the state can best foster innovation by just getting out of the way. In fact, government has historically served not as a meddler in the private sector, but as a key booster of it - and often a daring one, willing to take risks that businesses won't.
Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.
Nabokov's victim transformed into an American fantasy.
How the TV reboot became the freshest thing around.
The July/August 2015 edition of The New Republic.
Why does Rand Paul's political philosophy turn off women?
The spine-tingling glee of the Scrabble enthusiast.
The unforgiving morality of Ayn Rand's forgotten novel.
Turning a racial slur into a symbol of power and steadfastness.
The best thing Hillary could do for her campaign? Ditch her husband.
'Olfactory fingerprint' could be tough target for identity theft.
Scientists have spotted the mortal wound that could prompt the collapse of Antarctica's fourth-largest ice shelf.
Vitamin B12 causes a normal skin bacteria to produce pimple-promoting chemicals.
At plant markets in Thailand, exquisite orchids are for sale. Those orchids are unlike the ones you can buy at many U.S. shops; many of them are rare species that were collected from the wild. Selling them is illegal.
Understanding their origin boosts chance of exploiting damage-repair candidates.