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This Is When You Can Get J.K. Rowling’s Latest Crime Novel

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The author's latest crime thriller under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith hits shelves this October

J.K. Rowling’s latest novel, Career of Evil, which is written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is set to hit shelves (and e-readers) this fall.

The book will be released on Oct. 20 in the U.S. and on Oct. 22 in the U.K.

Rowling may have tricked readers at first when she wrote 2013’s The Cuckoo’s Calling as Galbraith, but her identity was soon revealed as the author behind the story of Cormoran Strike, a British private investigator, and his assistant Robin Ellacott. After 2014’s sequel The Silkworm, Rowling said she’ll likely write more than seven books in this series.

“I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind,” Rowling said. Though, according to Twitter, she didn’t always love writing them.

Alas, she has been quite busy. Rowling is also writing a screenplay for a Harry Potter spinoff that’s set to be released in November of 2016.

Last year, Rowling told BBC that the third book in the Strike series would focus on “what happens to people after they leave the military,” which could be a reference to Strike himself, who lost his leg in the Afghan war. Publishers revealed Thursday that the book will describe what happens when “a mysterious package is delivered” to Ellacott that contains a woman’s severed leg. She and Strike set out to find the perpetrator. It sounds just as dark and twisted as the previous Strike novels, but how much so? We’ll find out in October.

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The Woman Who Hooked Hollywood On Yoga

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Michelle Goldberg is a senior contributing writer for The Nation and the author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.

Los Angeles is where Eugenia Peterson finally became Indra Devi—the guru who helped bring yoga to the west

The Hollywood Hills were a lucky place to land, close to the action but removed enough to be peaceful, with piney air and lots of tranquil corners conducive to yoga and meditation. Adjusting to a new life in America, Eugenia Peterson would depend on both. Contrary to what she’d been told, there was no yoga studio awaiting her. She had no job, no family in the country, and no homeland to return to. She was nearing fifty in a city that worshipped ingénues. She had $6,000 in savings—a substantial amount in 1947, but hardly enough to live on. “The only thing left to do,” she writes, “was to begin anew.”

The fact that Eugenia had so few connections meant she could finally shed her old identity once and for all. Hollywood was a place where people regularly swapped the quotidian names they were born with for more melodious or sophisticated or exotic ones. Many of the people who would become Eugenia’s most illustrious students had jettisoned the names their parents gave them—Jennifer Jones was born Phyllis Isley, Ramon Novarro was originally José Ramón Gil Samaniego, and Greta Garbo had been Greta Gustafsson. In Los Angeles, Eugenia could finally and fully become Indra Devi. Few in America knew her as anything else.

Devi made little effort to contact those who did. Upon arriving, she doesn’t seem to have looked up her old master Krishnamurti, which is in some sense surprising—after all, she’d once traveled halfway around the world just to be close to him. A person reinventing herself, though, doesn’t always welcome reminders of the past. Krishnamurti knew her as Eugenia, the Theosophist and lovesick diplomatic wife, not as an experienced yogini, as women practitioners of yoga are sometimes called. Besides, while Devi was a warm person, she also had a starkly unsentimental side. When a chapter of her life closed, she rarely tried to revisit it, so that people who knew her in one incarnation heard little about those who populated her earlier lives. Leaving the past behind was both a spiritual philosophy and a survival strategy, allowing her to thrive in the midst of calamitous instability. She was generally happy to see people she’d known before, but she didn’t seek them out.

In the 1990s, Devi traveled to Moscow to give a talk, accompanied by David and Iana Lifar, the Argentine couple who were her constant companions during the last years of her life. A woman came to her hotel claiming to be the daughter of a cousin of hers, which, if true, would have made her Devi’s only known living relative. The two talked for a while, and Devi gave her some money, because she seemed to be quite poor. After forty-five minutes, though, Devi called David and Iana and said that she wanted the woman to go, but she wasn’t taking the hint. Iana, who speaks Russian, came and urged her out. The woman was quite upset, telling David and Iana that she hadn’t wanted money; she’d wanted to spend time with her “aunt Zhenia.”

At breakfast the next morning, David asked Devi why she’d been so eager to get away from the woman. “David,” she told him, “I try to live in the eternal now. This lady belongs to my past.” She was, for the most part, kind toward those around her, but one of her main teachings, said David, “was not to be attached to anyone,” and she practiced it with only a few powerful exceptions.

So, in Los Angeles, rather than seek comfort in her history, Devi steamed forward, looking up Bernardine Fritz. Fritz had been a doyenne of society in Shanghai, where she’d hosted one of the few salons that brought expatriates together with Chinese artists and intellectuals, though she’d left China before Devi arrived. In Los Angeles, Fritz once again became known as a glittering entertainer, hosting Sunday lunches and cocktail hours in a hilltop home full of Chinese art. She threw a party to introduce Devi to her friends, including many who worked in Hollywood. They gravitated to the exotic newcomer with the saffron sari, eastern European accent, and Indian name.

Fritz was particularly close to Aldous Huxley, who, with his wife, Maria, was at the center of Hollywood’s literary and spiritual scenes. As a young British writer, Huxley, a tall and skinny sophisticate who, with his stooped posture and thick glasses, looked rather like a handsome praying mantis, had been famous for his arch skepticism. (One newspaper story about him was headlined “Aldous Huxley: The Man Who Hates God.”) Ultimately, though, he found a life of cultivated cynicism insupportable, and under the influence of his friend Gerald Heard, an Anglo-Irish writer who would become one of California’s New Age pioneers, he began experimenting with spirituality. (The critic William Tindall lamented Heard’s influence on Huxley and mocked their life in California, where, “when they are not walking with Greta Garbo or writing for the cinema, they eat nuts and lettuce perhaps and inoffensively meditate.”) Yogic meditation helped Huxley break through a debilitating writer’s block. By the time he arrived in the United States for a pacifist lecture tour on the eve of World War II, he was convinced that only spiritual renewal could head off global annihilation.

Though their American sojourn was meant to be temporary, Aldous and Maria ended up settling in Hollywood, where he tried to capitalize on his literary prestige by writing for the movies. They became part of a circle that included Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Anita Loos, and Christopher Isherwood.

Devi knew Huxley’s work, particularly his 1937 book Ends and Means: An Inquiry into the Nature of Ideals. She’d quoted it at length in Yoga: The Technique of Health and Happiness: “The ideal man is the non-attached man; non-attached to his bodily sensations and lusts; non-attached to his craving for power . . . non-attached to his exclusive loves . . . not even to science, art, speculation, philanthropy.”

It’s a sign of how quickly Devi moved to the center of things that, soon after arriving in America, she was invited to spend a weekend with the writer and his wife. All that she recorded of this visit is that they discussed health food—Maria warned her that American produce is sprayed with poisonous pesticides.

Like many in Hollywood, the Huxleys experimented with their diets as well as their consciousnesses. “How can you expect to think in anything but a negative way, when you’ve got chronic intestinal poisoning?” asks the Buddhist Dr. Miller in Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza, the 1936 novel that marked the author’s turn to the spiritual themes that came to dominate his work. In that book, the narrator, a stand-in for Huxley, moves from jaded libertinism to a desultory stab at guerilla revolution before his encounter with the enlightened doctor saves him. The doctor lectures him on “the correlation between religion and diet . . . The fact is, of course, that we think as we eat.”

Everywhere in the emerging New Age culture was an assumed connection between health and salvation. That link, of course, is at the heart of modern hatha yoga’s power. (It exists in evangelical Christianity, too, but the cause and effect are reversed: salvation can lead to health, rather than vice versa.) Yoga as it eventually came to be practiced in the United States elevates exercise into a sacrament, merging the contradictory quests for beauty and selflessness. It’s a kind of secular magic, promising that by assuming certain physical positions, you can bring about specific changes in the body and soul—clearer skin and clearer thoughts. It’s alchemy for a disenchanted age, rendered plausible to Westerners by translating esoteric tantric terms into the language of glands and hormones. Yet, until Devi arrived, no one in Los Angeles was teaching it.

Michelle Goldberg is a senior contributing writer for The Nation and the author of the new book Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West, from which this piece was adapted.

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This Is What American Hogwarts Could Be Like

What would it be like to go there? TIME can only imagine

Let’s be real, J.K. Rowling is wonderful. But how has she kept the inner workings of American Hogwarts from readers and fans for so long?

Earlier this week, the Harry Potter author tweeted the possibility of an American school of witchcraft and wizardry, which could play a role in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For the uninitiated, the film is a spinoff of the Potter series, based on the fictional book of the same title, written by a character named Newt Scamander, who is famed for discovering Hippogriffs and other magical creatures. Rowling is writing the screenplay herself, and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne will be playing Scamander. Emma Watson has also said she’d be up for a cameo.

Seeing as the film is set to take place around 1920, decades before Potter and his cohorts Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are even born, it’ll be interesting to see a pre-Potter wizarding world—and perhaps even a glimpse of this mysterious school for American wizards. There are plenty of theories about the exact location of the American school, but TIME decided to imagine what it would be like to be a student. Here are five theories:

Its Name
A wizarding school that was founded more than a century ago probably would have needed to leave “witchcraft” out of its name, since witches were persecuted (see: Salem). Perhaps it was called Wizarding Preparatory Academy, and began allowing witches to learn alongside the wizards in the early 1920s, after women won the right to vote in America. (However, the wage gap between male and female teachers likely persisted.)

Getting There
There’s no platform 9 3/4 in New York City’s Penn Station, but at the Union Square subway station, there’s the L train, which began running in the 1920s. Haven’t you ever wondered why it doesn’t run on certain weekends? Perhaps magicians from across the country could travel to Manhattan via the Floo Network—which Rowling describes as a network of connected fireplaces—arriving at cozy bars, where they’d ideally be served salted caramel butterbeer before heading to the L train.

The Food
Since the American Hogwarts was likely founded after the British original (which came about in 990 AD), the founders could have adopted the same four house names Potter fans are familiar with from the books: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. Imagine if each house had a separate dining hall; perhaps the Slytherin Snack Shack would have been the most popular in the 1920s, stocked with delicacies like many flavors of deviled eggs, all made by house elves who worked under poor conditions for decades before finally revolting in the mid-’40s. The Hufflepuffs’ basic Food Hall might have served nothing more than baked ham, a common 1920s dish, for meal after meal—leading some students to pine for a polyjuice potion that would transform their identity so they could sneak into the other houses.

The Sports
Quidditch, of course, would be popular among young American witches and wizards, since its importance in the wizarding world dates back centuries, but America would also need its own magical pastime. Perhaps they could call it Praeli, derived from the Latin word praelium, meaning battle, and it could be similar to baseball but played with the bludgers from Quidditch and just one player on a broom. The sport would have its fair share of fans, maybe making its way across the pond to Durmstrang, one of the other wizarding schools, but failing at Beauxbatons in France when a third-year student is seriously injured during a game.

The Professors
The students at Dub Prep—as they would likely nickname the school—would ditch the Professor title used at Hogwarts and use Mr. and Mrs. as well as sir and ma’am. The only exception, or should we say Xception, could come about if Charles Xavier arrives as an adjunct professor, teaching a special class in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Could any of this be possible? We’ll find out when Fantastic Beasts hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016.

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New Fifty Shades of Grey Manuscript Has Been Stolen

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Mike Coppola—Getty Images Author E.L. James attends the Fifty Shades Of Grey New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb. 6, 2015 in New York City.

It is feared that the thieves will leak Grey, the latest book by EL James

Police are investugating the theft of a manuscript of the Fifty Shade of Grey prequel, the BBC has reported.

The theft took place on Tuesday in London according to the book’s publishers Random House. It is feared that the thieves will sell extracts of the novel by EL James to the media or distribute it for free on the Internet.

The book, Grey,which is due to be released next week, recounts the first part of the trilogy from billionaire Christian Grey’s point of view.

Random House and their solicitors would not give any more information about the missing book.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold over 125 million copies worldwide and the film of the first book made over $600

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Top Experts Always Recommend These 4 Books

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Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

So far I’ve done interviews with 22 experts on various fields from happiness, to expertise, to influence and irrationality.

I’ve asked most of them which books they highly recommend.

Which ones got mentioned most often?

The Top Books Experts Recommend:

Books Experts Recommend – By Topic

Leadership

Gautam Mukunda, professor at Harvard Business School and author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter recommends:

Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor at Stanford MBA school and author of Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t recommends:

Networking

Adam Grant, professor at Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success recommends:

Marketing and Advertising

Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, recommends:

Expertise

Cal Newport, professor at Georgetown and author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, recommends:

Happiness

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project recommends:

Human Behavior

Michael Norton, professor at Harvard Business School and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending recommends:

Influence and Persuasion

Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, recommends:

Charisma

Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism recommends:

Irrationality

Dan Ariely, professor at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions recommends:

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Why Nick Offerman Changed His Ron Swanson Diet

Well, he still enjoys his bacon and eggs... 'but maybe a slightly smaller portion'

Not only did Nick Offerman shave the mustache that signified his role as Ronald Ulysses Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, but he also decided to cut down on the bacon and eggs when the show ended this year. As his new book Gumption hits shelves, Offerman looks back on his time with the show, and what opportunities lie ahead for the de-mustachioed actor.

 

 

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J.K. Rowling Confirms American Version of Hogwarts Exists

And it may play a role in the upcoming spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

American Harry Potter fans may not have received their Hogwarts letters, but that’s just because there might have been a U.S. equivalent of the witchcraft and wizardry school that dropped the ball instead.

On Twitter, J.K. Rowling has confirmed the existence of an American version of Hogwarts, and it may play a role in the upcoming spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

When fans asked her about the possibility of an American magic academy, Rowling cryptically tweeted: “That information will be revealed in due course.” She soon followed up with a few more details about the mysterious school.

Set 70 years before the events of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts follows the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander, a Hogwarts alum who ends up in New York. Rowling’s tweets suggest that although he won’t visit any sort of American school, he will meet its students (or former students). Furthermore, the school isn’t located in New York, and it has “immigrant” and “indigenous” roots.

Rowling herself is writing the screenplay for the film, and longtime Harry Potter director David Yates is returning to direct. Warner Bros. announced last week that Eddie Redmayne will star as Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives on Nov. 18, 2016.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Watch the Trailer for Jimmy Fallon’s Book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada

The book is due out on June 9

Jimmy Fallon coaches little ones everywhere on what he thinks their first word should be: Dada.

In the trailer for his upcoming children’s book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, the Tonight Show host previews the story to an attentive class—and one excited adult.

“Mama” was Fallon’s daughter Winnie’s very first word, though according to Fallon’s biography for the book, he tried really hard to make her say “Dada.” But this book could help other dads, just in time for Father’s Day.

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada is due June 9, check out the book trailer above.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Get Your Crayons Ready for a Game of Thrones Coloring Book

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Westeros is coming soon to a craft table near you

Super-fans of the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation, Game of Thrones, will have a new way to keep themselves occupied between books and seasons this autumn. Bantam Books will publish a Game of Thrones coloring book for adults, tentatively set for this fall, according to the L.A. Times.

Adult coloring books are enjoying a moment of popularity—two are currently among the 15 best-selling books on Amazon. Yet while many in the genre are meant to be a soothing activity for grown-ups, the Westerosi version is likely to include scenes that—if the notoriously bloody books are any indication—feel less calm and more violent.

Bantam tells the L.A. Times that the work will include “45 original black and white illustrations, inspired by characters, scenes, locations and other iconic images” from the Song of Ice and Fire series. In an email to TIME, the publisher said it will feature “art by world renowned fantasy illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower and Levi Pinfold.”

With the news coming one day after a well-liked character’s death on the HBO show, perhaps some fans will find comfort in coloring in their favorite deceased characters on the page.

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Read TIME’s Original Review of Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Cover Credit: R.B. KITAJ Nov. 28, 1983, cover of TIME

The book was published on June 8, 1949

George Orwell was already an established literary star when his masterwork Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this day in 1949, but that didn’t stop TIME’s reviewer from being pleasantly surprised by the book. After all, even the expectation that a book would be good doesn’t mean one can’t be impressed when it turns out to be, as TIME put it, “absolutely super.”

One of the reasons, the review suggested, was Orwell’s bet that his fictional dystopia would not actually seem so foreign to contemporary readers. They would easily recognize many elements of the fictional world that TIME summed up as such:

In Britain 1984 A.D., no one would have suspected that Winston and Julia were capable of crimethink (dangerous thoughts) or a secret desire for ownlife (individualism). After all, Party-Member Winston Smith was one of the Ministry of Truth’s most trusted forgers; he had always flung himself heart & soul into the falsification of government statistics. And Party-Member Julia was outwardly so goodthinkful (naturally orthodox) that, after a brilliant girlhood in the Spies, she became active in the Junior Anti-Sex League and was snapped up by Pornosec, a subsection of the government Fiction Department that ground out happy-making pornography for the masses. In short, the grim, grey London Times could not have been referring to Winston and Julia when it snorted contemptuously: “Old-thinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc,” i.e., “Those whose ideas were formed before the Revolution cannot have a full emotional understanding of the principles of English Socialism.”

How Winston and Julia rebelled, fell in love and paid the penalty in the terroristic world of tomorrow is the thread on which Britain’s George Orwell has spun his latest and finest work of fiction. In Animal Farm (TIME, Feb. 4, 1946,) Orwell parodied the Communist system in terms of barnyard satire; but in 1984 … there is not a smile or a jest that does not add bitterness to Orwell’s utterly depressing vision of what the world may be in 35 years’ time.

Decades later, as the real-life 1984 approached, TIME dedicated a cover story to Orwell’s earlier vision of what that year could have been like. “That Year Is Almost Here,” the headline proclaimed. But obsessing over how it matched up to its fictional depiction was missing the point, the article posited. “The proper way to remember George Orwell, finally, is not as a man of numbers—1984 will pass, not Nineteen EightyFour—but as a man of letters,” wrote Paul Gray, “who wanted to change the world by changing the word.”

Read the full 1949 review, here in the TIME Vault: Where the Rainbow Ends

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