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For A True Taste Of South India, Try A Toddy Shop

Toddy is a type of palm wine made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers. But the best toddy shops in southwestern India are celebrated ...

Reading a dog’s mind

Psychologists and philosophers – not to mention pet owners – have long wondered whether we can ever get past the constraints of the human mind ...

What did Max Weber mean by the ‘spirit’ of capitalism?

Max Weber’s famous text The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) is surely one of the most misunderstood of all the canonical works ...

James Hill Plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on the Ukulele: Watch One Musician Become a Complete Band

James Hill, an award-winning ukulele player and songwriter from Canada, has been called a “ukulele wunderkind,” and an artist who ”gives the ukulele its dignity back ...

Visualizing Dante’s Hell: See Maps & Drawings of Dante’s Inferno from the Renaissance Through Today

The light was departing. The brown air drew down     all the earth’s creatures, calling them to rest     from their day-roving, as I, one man alone, ...

14 'Harmless' Comments People Said That Were Actually Psychologically Damaging

We’ve all heard hurtful or invalidating comments at some point in our lives.

Everything You Need To Know About HIV Prevention Drug PrEP

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a prescription online.

2 First-Rate Suspense Novels Deliver Chills, Thrills — And Stunning Endgames

In the relaxed days of summer, critic Maureen Corrigan reflexively reaches for a mystery. This year, she’s settling in with The Dime, by Kathleen Kent, ...

A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

Carl Zimmer wondered what secrets lurked in his genetic code — so he decided to have his genome sequenced. He writes about the implications of ...

The liberation of the Ypres, Belgium

The small city of Ypres, located in the west of Belgium, played a pivotal role in the First World War, and has since become widely ...

More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome

My son Aaron, aged nine, has Down syndrome. If you look at photos of our family, his disability might not be readily apparent. He wears ...

Watch Anthony Bourdain’s Free Show, Raw Craft Where He Visits Craftsmen Making Guitars, Tattoos, Motorcycles & More (RIP)

Why has food become such an object of interest in recent years? One possible explanation is that it represents one of the last pursuits still ...

The Plate Tectonic Evolution of the Earth Over 500 Million Years: Animated Video Takes You from Pangea, to 250 Million Years in the Future

Christopher R. Scotese, a geologist affiliated with Northwestern University, has created an animation showing “the plate tectonic evolution of the Earth from the time of ...

'The Band's Visit' And Harry Potter Win Big At A Quieter Tony Awards

The Tony Awards paid off for The Band’s Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Angels in America revival, and a scrappy theater kid ...

'Sense8' Finale: Gorgeous, Sexy, Completely Nonsensical — Which Is To Say: Perfect

The finale to the Wachowskis’ decidedly queer (in every sense of the word) Netflix series was a beautiful mess of a thing that gave fans ...

How A Black Detective Infiltrated The KKK

In Black Klansman, Ron Stallworth writes about an undercover investigation in which he — an African-American police detective — convinced the Ku Klux Klan that ...

In 'Death Notice,' The Thrills Don't Quite Translate

Zhou Haohui’s high-octane cop drama Death Notice aims for Dragon Tattoo-type thrills, but gets dragged down by flat characterizations and odd romantic flourishes. (Image credit: ...

David Bowie Memorialized in Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints

The East beckons me — Japan — but I’m a bit worried that I’ll get too Zen there and my writing will dry up. – ...

Anthony Bourdain's Best Quotes On Living Life To The Fullest: 'It's Been An Adventure'

His words are recognized as vital lessons to live by.

How To Talk About Suicide In A Way That's Actually Helpful

Suicide isn’t just someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

Poetry Is Making A Big Comeback In The U.S., Survey Results Reveal

The National Endowment for the Arts says that since its last survey period in 2012, the number of U.S. adults reading poetry had nearly doubled. ...

In Greece, Fire Reveals Ancient Artifacts, Possibly Hidden By Thieves

Firefighters discovered a trove of 200 antiquities stashed in plastic bags. Authorities suspected smugglers. (Image credit: Lamia Report)

The Mauritania Railway: backbone of the Sahara

Mauritania, on the northwest coast of Africa, is characterised by arid desert plains that make most of the country non-arable. Beneath the surface, however, the land ...

You’re simply not that big a deal: now isn’t that a relief?

There is a meme that speaks directly to the hearts and minds of the overly self-conscious. Perhaps you’ve seen it; it goes something like this: ...

Steve Martin & Robin Williams Riff on Math, Physics, Einstein & Picasso in a Smart Comedy Routine

Back in 2002, Stanford University mathematics professor Robert Osserman chatted with comedian and banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. The event ...

A Deep Study of Terence Malick’s Filmography

Yesterday we featured the Directors Series, the ever-expanding collection of video essays that seeks out the essence of the auteurs of our time by closely ...

A Teen Fumbles His Way Out Of The Closet In 'Alex Strangelove'

While it’s raunchier than Love, Simon – if less self-assured — writer-director Craig Johnson’s film about a teen (Daniel Doheny) attempting to figure himself out ...

'Hereditary': When Horror Is Dominant, Hope Is Recessive

Toni Collette’s breathtaking turn as a grieving mother is this tale of familial terror is “one for the ages, belonging in the same breath as ...

Mammas: hamster

Mothers – in nature and in human societies – are typically thought to have some sort of essential ‘maternal instinct’. Enter the irrepressible Italian artist, ...

What if ET is an AI?

After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all By Caleb Scharf Read at Aeon

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