Publishers are satisfying the demand for more books more quickly, reports Jennifer Armstrong, who shares her own experience of obsessive marathon reading.
With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah taking the top prize from the US National Book Critics Circle, here are critic Jane Ciabattari’s personal picks.
Take a good look at this mind-blowing optical illusion. BBC Culture picks out the most memorable images of the last week.
From vampire roommates to lost kittens, BBC Culture checks out some of the most talked about movies at the film festival.
America’s film classification board thinks so. Nicholas Barber examines changing attitudes toward expletives in the cinema.
Critics claim recent films contain subversive political messages. Could pro-business Hollywood be knowingly embracing anti-establishment views?
Talking Books interviews satirical Pakistani author, Mohammed Hanif about the relationship between reality and fiction – and his love of the classic US writer.
As Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre opens to the public, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey picks the most beautiful pools, baths and spas from around the world.
Jodorowsky’s Dune – a science-fiction project seen as the forerunner to Alien – still has influence today. Tom Brook reports.
The week’s best art and culture reads – including how silence has become a luxury, whether Jews are cat or dog people and the therapeutic power of cartoons.