Daniel Radcliffe: Inferior

“Probably the best book I’ve read this year—well, I was reading it for ages, because I got sidetracked—is Inferior, by a woman named Angela Saini. It’s all about how science has consistently kind of underserved and undermined women—female scientists and the female public at large—through male bias, even though it’s often not deliberate. She’s amazing at explaining how science makes it from a lab somewhere to the media and the public consciousness, and why certain studies get picked up and become influential, even if they were only done once. My friend Jesse, who’s a female physicist, told me to read it, and I’d say everyone else should read it, too.”

—Daniel Radcliffe. 

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Ravi Shankar: Thousands of ragas

“There are thousands of ragas, and they are all connected with different times of the day, like sunrise or night or sunset. It is all based on 72 of what we call ‘mela’ or scales. And we have principally nine moods, ranging from peacefulness to praying, or the feeling of emptiness you get by sitting by the ocean.”

—Ravi Shankar. 

Shivaji Maharaj: Terms of contrast 

“Verily, Islam and Hinduism are terms of contrast. They are used by the true Divine Painter for blending the colors and filling in the outlines. if it is a mosque, the call to prayer is chanted in remembrance of Him. If it is a temple, the bells are rung in earning for him alone.”

—Shivaji Maharaj. 

Lesley Manville: Stage and film

“Stage is the ultimate test; I like watching established screen actors on stage to see if they can really do it. But it’s great to have a healthy mixture of the two. Film is so technical: there’s something very particular about the relationship between you and the camera. It took a long time for me to get good on film.”

—Lesley Manville.