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What It's Like To Be Held Hostage By Somali Pirates For 2 1/2 Years

Journalist Michael Scott Moore went to East Africa to write about piracy. Then he got kidnapped and imprisoned for 977 days. The Desert and the ...

In 'Give Me Your Hand,' A Bond Forged By Secrets Can't Be Broken

Megan Abbott’s new novel centers on a two young women whose high school friendship has morphed into professional rivalry. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Give Me ...

Ninnoc

‘There’s so much behind my smile you don’t even know.’ Ninnoc wants to stand out from the crowd, but she’s afraid of what it might ...

Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us

Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political events. In early 2017, the idea of ...

Hunter S. Thompson’s Many Strange, Unpredictable Appearances on The David Letterman Show

An old quote from Joseph de Maistre gets thrown around a lot lately: Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite—“every nation gets the government it deserves.” ...

Watch the Original TV Coverage of the Historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Recorded on July 20, 1969

During a recent dinner a few friends and I found ourselves reminiscing about formative moments in our collective youth. The conversation took a decidedly downbeat ...

Surprise! Your Medication Can Have New Side Effects Years After You Start It

There are a number of factors that can make this happen.

Encore: Many Look To Buddhism For Sanctuary From An Over-Connected World

The amount of time people spend on digital devices is soaring — to the point that several countries treat internet addiction as a public health ...

We Go To The 'Source' For Summer Reading Recommendations

Janet Webster Jones, owner of Detroit’s Source Booksellers, recommends three books — one real-life romance, and two memoirs about starting over.

The Earth is humming

Sitting atop four large tectonic plates, Japan is a hotbed of seismic activity, with some 1,500 earthquakes striking the country each year. While many pass ...

Why cosmology without philosophy is like a ship without a hull

What is it with the philosophy-haters in astrophysics and cosmology? From the late Stephen Hawking’s claim that ‘philosophy is dead’, to Steven Weinberg’s chapter-long jeremiad ...

What Is Stoicism? A Short Introduction to the Ancient Philosophy That Can Help You Cope with Our Modern Times

The word “stoic” (from the Greek stoa) has come to mean a few things in popular parlance, most of them related directly to the ancient ...

Rare Photos of Frida Kahlo, Age 13-23

“Before they were famous” photos are a clickbait staple, especially if they reveal a heretofore unseen side of someone whose image is tightly controlled: The ...

Comic-Con Day 4: The Monstrous Regiment

San Diego Comic-Con ended on Sunday, and our intrepid correspondents Mallory Yu and Petra Mayer report on an Eisner Awards ceremony (the Oscars of comics) ...

In 'Blindspotting,' A Cinematic Love Letter To A Changing Oakland

Actors and spoken-word artists Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and star in a buddy comedy finely attuned to race and class politics. Of course, ...

Not My Job: Former FBI Director James Comey Gets Quizzed On Loyalty Rewards

Comey wrote a book called A Higher Loyalty and he told the Senate intelligence committee that President Trump demanded his loyalty over dinner. But what ...

A Superstar In China, Daniel Wu Emerges In His Native California

The Chinese-American actor became an action movie mainstay abroad over the last 20 years. Thanks to his leading role in the TV series Into the ...

Not A 'Type A' Or 'Type B' Person? Maybe You're 'C' Or 'D' Instead.

Here are the signs.

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” says sleep scientist Matthew Walker, author of Why We ...

Oakland Gets A Starring Role In 2 Genre-Busting Films About Race And Inequality

Critic Justin Chang says the city is experiencing a renaissance moment in film. Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You are just two of the latest ...

Dream girl

‘Boundaries between reality and dream are blurry.’ Seeking a ‘normal’ relationship after several soured romances left him depressed, Dirk eventually found support and stability in ...

Picture this: why mental representations evolved

Let’s say you are offered a new job in a different city, and you need to figure out whether to accept it. How are you ...

The 10 Rules for Students and Teachers Popularized by John Cage: “Nothing Is a Mistake,” “Consider Everything an Experiment” & More

The Brian Eno archive More Dark than Shark recently posted on its Twitter account a list of twelve rules for students and teachers used by John Cage. ...

Stream Online the Complete “Lost” John Coltrane Album, Both Directions at Once

Expectations ran high when it was announced last month that a lost (!) John Coltrane album, Both Directions at Once, had been discovered by the ...

Hailee Steinfeld's Self-Care Advice Should Be Required Reading

“Know that it’s OK to feel the way you’re feeling and express yourself to people around you,” the “Pitch Perfect 3″ star says.

Psychologists Are Trying To Figure Out Why We Don’t Go To Sleep (Even When We Want To)

Self-control and your body clock both have their place in bedtime procrastination.

Brady Bunch House Goes On The Market For $1.88 Billion

The house used for exteriors in the original Brady Bunch TV series is on the market for $1.88 million. Realtors are expecting a lot of ...

Florida Couple Settles Legal Battle To Keep 'The Starry Night' House

The homeowners were fined thousands of dollars by Mount Dora officials for making their two-story house and surrounding wall look like Van Gogh’s famous painting. ...

Mexican handcraft masters: copper

The town of Santa Clara del Cobre in the Mexican state of Michoacán is celebrated for the copper craftsmanship of the indigenous Purépecha people. Its ...

In extremis

As Hannah Arendt argued, there is one common thread which connects individuals drawn to all kinds of extremist ideologies By Nabeelah Jaffer Read at Aeon

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