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    Kendall Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner sign autographs for fans on the red carpet before hosting the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, June 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR3TYFT

    A Kardashian Stumbles Upon a Chemtrail

    A Kardashian Stumbles Upon a Chemtrail

    Kylie Jenner has seen some things, and she has questions.On Monday, the 17-year-old star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and daughter of Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian, posted a meme on Twitter, where she inexplicably has over 9 million follo...

    Kylie Jenner, worried about the children, wants to know who or what all of this plane exhaust is exterminating, if it’s the honeybees, and who’s paying to kill all of these honeybees.

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    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Three days after hosting the Billboard Music Awards, Chrissy Teigen was exhausted. Not that you could tell as the realest model in the game arrived bright-eyed and dewy-faced to Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel to host a midday cocktail mixer for Capta...

    The model and wife of musical maestro John Legend has evolved into a big-time TV and awards show host. And this is just the beginning.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Actor Dwayne Johnson attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    In this Friday’s San Andreas, The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) finds himself in the middle of a catastrophic crisis when a historic earthquake strikes the California coast. In its purest form, it’s a saga that pits The Rock against a natural disaster...

    Now that he’s squared off against an earthquake in San Andreas, what else can The Rock smack down? Here are a list of potential villains for the baddest action star in the land.

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    Paul Weller Feature

    Paul Weller: The Modfather Is Back

    Paul Weller: The Modfather Is Back

    “I love the audience in America,” Paul Weller tells me on the phone from his Berlin dressing room, when I ask him about his upcoming U.S. tour. “It's always tough getting stuff played on the radio or whatever, innit? There are some alternativ...

    The Modfather opens up about his impressive new solo album, Saturns Pattern, whether The Jam will ever reunite, and the plight of the aging rocker.

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    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Three days after hosting the Billboard Music Awards, Chrissy Teigen was exhausted. Not that you could tell as the realest model in the game arrived bright-eyed and dewy-faced to Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel to host a midday cocktail mixer for Capta...

    The model and wife of musical maestro John Legend has evolved into a big-time TV and awards show host. And this is just the beginning.

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    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    The days of great armies marching into battle to the blaring fanfare of a horn section or the rhythmic drive of percussionists are long gone, replaced by the silent hum of drone engines and rumble of Humvees.And despite the fact that every branch ...

    From Michael Stipe and Jim Morrison to Christina Aguilera, meet the military brats turned musical superstars.

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    Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid make their way to the grid during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

    Supermodels Invade the Monaco Grand Prix

    Supermodels Invade the Monaco Grand Prix

    It was all going so well. Until it went very, very bad. At least for Lewis Hamilton and his new coterie of supermodel besties.Hamilton, the best race car driver on the planet, was in the coveted pole position Sunday at the start of the Monaco Gran...

    The world’s premier #squad of young model-socialites—Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid—showed up in Lewis Hamilton’s corner at the world’s most glam race.

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    How to make your bark rock

    Jon Taffer: How to Make Your Bar Rock

    Jon Taffer: How to Make Your Bar Rock

    Jon Taffer is a longtime food and beverage industry consultant specializing in nightclubs, lounges, and pubs, who’s had a hand in 800 establishments over the course of his three-decade career. He’s also the host and executive producer of the Spike...

    The host and executive producer of the TV series Bar Rescue gives his tips on what makes a rockin’ bar. Take notes, people.

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    Jim Morrison and George Stephen Morrison

    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    The days of great armies marching into battle to the blaring fanfare of a horn section or the rhythmic drive of percussionists are long gone, replaced by the silent hum of drone engines and rumble of Humvees.And despite the fact that every branch ...

    From Michael Stipe and Jim Morrison to Christina Aguilera, meet the military brats turned musical superstars.

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    World News

    Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. Chadian and Nigerien soldiers took the town from Boko Haram militants earlier this week. The Nigerian army said on Tuesday it had repelled Boko Haram from all but three local government districts in the northeast, claiming victory for its offensive against the Islamist insurgents less than two weeks before a presidential election. Picture taken March 18.    REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun - RTR4TZO2

    A More Deadly Boko Haram Resurfaces

    A More Deadly Boko Haram Resurfaces

    LAGOS — The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram, after some much heralded reversals on the battlefield, has made a dangerous comeback, unleashing female suicide bombers, carrying out a series of deadly attacks, and seizing a highly strategic town.Hav...

    The Nigerian terror organization’s ties to the “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria appear to include training and propaganda operations.

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    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    At the moment, the war is just one of words. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called a U.S. Navy reconnaissance flight over the hotly contested South China Sea “very irresponsible and dangerous and detrimental to regional peace and stabilit...

    The United States pushes back against Chinese claims over a vast tract of water of enormous importance. It’s a classic win-or-lose confrontation.

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    Beheaded for Exposing Corruption

    Beheaded for Exposing Corruption

    Traffic heading into the Brazilian town of Padre Paraiso was at a standstill on Easter Sunday as I drove up. The sun had just set over the hills, but a crowd was visible around a bus, gawking at something on the ground. Later that night, a grisly ...

    Evany José Metzker just wanted to tell the true stories of people in his part of rural Brazil, and for that he paid with his life.

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    People gather to look at a burnt car following a bomb explosion that rocked the busiest roundabout near the crowded Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on July 1, 2014. A truck exploded in a huge fireball killing at least 15 people on July 1 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the latest attack in a city repeatedly hit by Boko Haram Islamists. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Aisha, 9 years old, and her elder sister, Falmata, 13, were both abducted from their home in Damasak, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, during a raid by Boko Haram militants in March. Their much older brother, Bukkar, isn’t s...

    The infamous terror group, Boko Haram, is using female suicide bombers in growing numbers. Are the Chibok girls among them?

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    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    At the moment, the war is just one of words. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called a U.S. Navy reconnaissance flight over the hotly contested South China Sea “very irresponsible and dangerous and detrimental to regional peace and stabilit...

    The United States pushes back against Chinese claims over a vast tract of water of enormous importance. It’s a classic win-or-lose confrontation.

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    US Gay Ambassador

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    HANOI — When U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, his husband, and their 15-month-old boy came onto the stage at the American Club in Vietnam’s capital last week, the crowd cheered and drew closer. Hundreds of young Vietnamese were there, many of them gay, ...

    Gay American diplomats are beacons, whether in tolerant Western Europe or homophobic Russia and China.

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    Mexico Shootout

    Did the Mexican Army Massacre 42 People?

    Did the Mexican Army Massacre 42 People?

    At dawn on Friday, the Mexican armed forces and federal police swarmed a ranch near the town of Ecuandureo in the western state of Michoacán, sparking a three-hour gun battle. At one point, authorities radioed air and ground support and a Black Ha...

    After a shootout in western Mexico, 42 alleged criminals are dead. The army said they died in a shootout, but it looks like they were executed.

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    Can the U.S. Shut Up About Secret Raids?

    Can the U.S. Shut Up About Secret Raids?

    Anyone paying attention to the escalating war against ISIS took notice last week when the White House announced that a first-of-its-kind special operations mission inside Syria had killed one of the group’s commanders. ISIS members certainly took ...

    When it comes to ninja raids on ISIS commanders, crowing about the victory or shutting up about it both have pros and cons.

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    US Gay Ambassador

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    HANOI — When U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, his husband, and their 15-month-old boy came onto the stage at the American Club in Vietnam’s capital last week, the crowd cheered and drew closer. Hundreds of young Vietnamese were there, many of them gay, ...

    Gay American diplomats are beacons, whether in tolerant Western Europe or homophobic Russia and China.

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    U.S. News

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015.McCullough wrapped up with a discussion about higher education in America. “We have cr...

    The great man of letters pays tribute to the tireless many on the American education system’s front lines.

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    Cult Killer Cheats Death Row

    Cult Killer Cheats Death Row

    On a hog farm-turned-doomsday compound in Nebraska, about 20 survivalists prepared for the Battle of Armageddon—and then brutally murdered one of their own after he began to doubt the existence of the god they called “Yahweh.”It was the early 1980...

    Days after Nebraska lawmakers voted to end the death penalty, a notorious murderer who answered only to “Yahweh” died of natural causes in prison.

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    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His latest book is The Mo...

    An Interview with Michael Shermer.

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    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015.McCullough wrapped up with a discussion about higher education in America. “We have cr...

    The great man of letters pays tribute to the tireless many on the American education system’s front lines.

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    How I Used DNA To Find My Birth Family

    How I Used DNA To Find My Birth Family

    Last January, I sat cross-legged with the box in my hands, something inside me tilting and swaying, rising and catching in my throat. “Ancestry DNA,” the box was marked—so official, so scientific, with littl...

    My adoption records were sealed and I had few clues to my birth family’s identity. How a DNA kit broke my search wide open.

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    Michigan Lottery Winners Go Into Hiding

    Michigan Lottery Winners Go Into Hiding

    Joseph Palmarchuk’s longtime wife, Phillis, had a bad heart. It was 2011, and their home had just been foreclosed upon. Both were pinned down in a cramped trailer on their daughter’s Michigan farm.So the 68-year-old ex-Marine and blue-collar retir...

    A new bill in the Michigan House would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, so their lives aren’t ruined by greedy opportunists. But not everybody wants it to pass.

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    Tech + Health

    A Doc's View: Are Cellphones Harmful To Kids' Health?

    Yes, That Screen Time’s Bad for Your Kid

    Yes, That Screen Time’s Bad for Your Kid

    In my parents’ day, if they had questions on child rearing, all they had were a few books and the advice of their own parents. And as any parent will tell you, grandparents are never shy about giving their children advice on how to raise their own...

    Smartphones and tablets are today’s version of the idiot box, and it turns out parents’ fears are true: Staring at a screen for hours is detrimental. Here’s how to get kids to stop.

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    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Jeff Johnson has made a name for himself in both the outdoor and photography worlds. As staff photographer for Patagonia, he has embarked upon countless excursions with adventure lifestyle legends, as well as starred in Chris Malloy’s seminal adve...

    Jeff Johnson had to be tricked into using Instagram. Now he has one of the best accounts in the world—even if he’s not sold on using a cell phone for much of anything at all.

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    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Over the last few decades, research in the social, cognitive, and political sciences has shown again and again that earnest, lasting change on a contentious issue is an extremely rare thing.The body of research certainly paints a pessimistic pictu...

    The retraction of a “Science” paper claiming a 20-minute talk with a gay canvasser can change views on gay marriage may not quash the theory. The reason? We trust bogus science.

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    New Mexico's Pot Industry Being Taken Over by Foreign Investors

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    California, Colorado, and Washington have long been championed as destinations to participate in the green gold rush. But as a recent story in NM Political Report shows, New Mexico—a state whose medical marijuana entities are supposed to be struct...

    News that a Canadian company acquired 51 percent of a Santa Fe medical marijuana company is sparking fears about how foreign investments in the industry may harm patients.

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    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Jeff Johnson has made a name for himself in both the outdoor and photography worlds. As staff photographer for Patagonia, he has embarked upon countless excursions with adventure lifestyle legends, as well as starred in Chris Malloy’s seminal adve...

    Jeff Johnson had to be tricked into using Instagram. Now he has one of the best accounts in the world—even if he’s not sold on using a cell phone for much of anything at all.

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    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    Four years have passed since the Army revamped what’s known as the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) program, and yogic exercises are increasingly incorporated into much of the new training. The twist? The Army doesn’t call it yoga in the P...

    The U.S. Army has been incorporating yogic exercises into its training program, but it’s not telling soldiers they’re doing yoga.

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    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    Can you imagine a time when we didn’t know what our own planet looked like from the outside? It was only 50 years ago, in the late 1960s, that astronauts first sent back images of the Earth from space. Those photographs marked a definite shift in ...

    The more we learn about our planet, the more we know that saving it will require all of us to think bigger and be united.

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    Why Parents Should Skip the Waiting Room

    Why Parents Should Skip the Waiting Room

    Crimes committed against children are invariably horrifying. Crimes committed against children by their medical providers send my blood pressure into stroke-risk range.Such is the case of Dr. Howard Schneider, a Florida pediatric dentist whose sto...

    Shocking allegations of a pediatric dentist gratuitously pulling teeth and assaulting patients exposes the dangers of a common practice: keeping parents in the waiting room.

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    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    Four years have passed since the Army revamped what’s known as the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) program, and yogic exercises are increasingly incorporated into much of the new training. The twist? The Army doesn’t call it yoga in the P...

    The U.S. Army has been incorporating yogic exercises into its training program, but it’s not telling soldiers they’re doing yoga.

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    TO GO WITH NZealand-Japan-quake-architecture-Ban,FEATURE by Neil Sands This photo taken on December 5, 2012 shows Japanese architect Shigeru Ban posing in front of the new Christchurch Cathedral building site which will be made of cardboard in Christchurch. When Ban designed a new cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch, he chose the most unlikely of materials -- cardboard -- for the landmark project. The New Zealand city's magnificent Gothic revival cathedral hewn from local basalt was irreparably damaged in the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that claimed 185 lives on February 22, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Architect Reshaping Nepal

    The Architect Reshaping Nepal

    Not all notable architects are demanding divas or money-sucking leeches.Some, like Shigeru Ban, use their trained eye and elite status to aid humanitarian efforts in lieu of status-seeking trophy projects.And he could be the man who re-shapes Nepa...

    After helping disaster survivors in Japan, Rwanda, India, and Sri Lanka, the architect Shigeru Ban will next use his building expertise to aid those affected by Nepal’s deadly earthq...

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    D987RM epa03739531 An picture made available 11 June 2013 shows an aerial view of buildings under construction of Block II of former Strength Through Joy (KdF) seaside resort in Prora, Ruegen island, Germany, 05 June 2013. After the former Nazi property was sold by the German Federation to private investors, the first holiday apartments in the huge complex are now being sold. Investors advertise the holiday apartments with the beautiful Baltic Sea, sunshine and possible monument conservation tax write-offs.  EPA/

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Some buildings have a hard time shaking their past, and when it comes to architectural relics from the Third Reich, the past becomes even harder to shake.Plans to renovate a former vacation home for Nazi party members, known as “The Colossus of Pr...

    Hitler planned Prora to be the largest beach resort ever created, but plans to revive it have stirred controversy, with some saying the buildings should be left to rot.

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    DFGBDD Fordlandia. Tapajos, Brasil.

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    In the middle of the Amazon jungle, a town that oddly resembles Dearborn, Michigan, has been eaten by the ravenous fauna of Brazil.The enigmatic settlement of Fordlandia is one of Henry Ford’s most expensive and little-known failures. Ford, one of...

    His aim was to build the world’s largest rubber plantation, but Henry Ford’s dream of “Fordlandia” became an expensive, epic failure.

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    The Douchiest Dating Advice of All Time, With Added Homophobia and Sexism

    The Douchiest Dating Advice Of All Time

    The Douchiest Dating Advice Of All Time

    We arrived at the Angelika Theater with hope that the $40 we each shelled out to attend the Great Love Debate would pay off in some helpful dating advice—or at least funny commiseration with other singles. Instead, we received a heaping dose of ho...

    The ‘Great Love Debate’ was intended to equip men and women with effective dating strategies. Instead it served up appalling, outdated advice, with side helpings of prejudice.

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    D987RM epa03739531 An picture made available 11 June 2013 shows an aerial view of buildings under construction of Block II of former Strength Through Joy (KdF) seaside resort in Prora, Ruegen island, Germany, 05 June 2013. After the former Nazi property was sold by the German Federation to private investors, the first holiday apartments in the huge complex are now being sold. Investors advertise the holiday apartments with the beautiful Baltic Sea, sunshine and possible monument conservation tax write-offs.  EPA/

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Some buildings have a hard time shaking their past, and when it comes to architectural relics from the Third Reich, the past becomes even harder to shake.Plans to renovate a former vacation home for Nazi party members, known as “The Colossus of Pr...

    Hitler planned Prora to be the largest beach resort ever created, but plans to revive it have stirred controversy, with some saying the buildings should be left to rot.

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    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Back in February, I missed the opening night event for Porchlight—Danny Meyer’s laid back Southern cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—but casually monitored the goings-on via social media.I quickly noticed something interesting: an obscene a...

    Sumptuous pictures of cocktails make for the best kind of drink-porn on Instagram. Does their taste always match their good looks?

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    Singer Lady Gaga (R) performs in Francesco Vezzoli's "Ballets Russes Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again)" during the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) New 30th anniversary gala in Los Angeles November 14, 2009.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni   (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT) - RTXQR17

    When Lady Gaga Met The Bolshoi

    When Lady Gaga Met The Bolshoi

    Some doubted whether LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art was even going to make it through to their 30th anniversary. Years of lackluster fund-raising had drained their $38 million endowment and then 2008 hit.Such was the tsunami of problems and dark ...

    Brad and Angelina were there when, in 2009, the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, threw a party that saw Lady Gaga sing on a Damien Hirst-customized, pink grand piano.

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    Elle Breastfeeding Cover

    Why Breast Is Best for Elle

    Why Breast Is Best for Elle

    Supermodel and supermom Nicole Trunfio looks at us with heavy, expectant eyes as she breastfeeds her naked baby on the June cover of Elle Australia, her suede Burberry trench slipping off her left shoulder.She cradles the child against her bare ch...

    Motherhood and glamor collide on the cover of the subscribers’ edition of Australian Elle, which features a model breastfeeding her baby.

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    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Back in February, I missed the opening night event for Porchlight—Danny Meyer’s laid back Southern cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—but casually monitored the goings-on via social media.I quickly noticed something interesting: an obscene a...

    Sumptuous pictures of cocktails make for the best kind of drink-porn on Instagram. Does their taste always match their good looks?

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    Books

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    By far my most successful ad was Marianne Dashwood. It was on Backpage, which looks like a craigslist knockoff, but only the escort section has any activity. You can get just about anything for any price, including the girl from Taken, or so hyste...

    “Marianne Dashwood” was by far my most successful Backpage ad: Men wanted to date her, save her, own her.

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    • Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield Review

      Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

      Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

      In the fifth essay of her new collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, poet Jane Hirshfield writes of a Japanese poem, “windows are the opening through which the luminous arrives.”That idea of windows as luminous openings, whe...

      In essays as forceful as they are graceful, the poet Jane Hirshfield argues that poetry possesses the ability to transform the way its readers perceive the world.

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    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey thought in black and white, he said. He was helpless when it came to color. “With color,” he told his friend Clifford Ross, “I have a tendency to wish to blow my brains out at some point or other.”We know Gorey—who didn’t blow his bra...

    Famous for his droll, macabre illustrations and stories, nearly all in black and white, Edward Gorey was also a master of color, as he proved repeatedly with his book jacket designs.

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    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed just a handful of new songs in the tour that reached the U.S. in the summer of 1999. That year, he debuted the “secular gospel” of “The Land of Hope and Dreams,” now an unintended requiem for the l...

    Beanie Babies were hot, Napster debuted, ‘Star Wars’ returned, Bruce reunited with the E Street Band, and Pedro Martinez won 26 games. For a while there, it was heaven.

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    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 27: Female Marine recruit Natasha Rodenbaugh responds to a command during hand-to-hand combat training in boot camp February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    Whenever I would mention during the last two years that I was writing a special operations-related book, folks were intrigued. Especially after the big-screen success of American Sniper, which threw special operations in genera...

    Too often, the narrative about female soldiers dwells on rape and PTSD. It’s time to recognize them for their incredible valor.

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    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey thought in black and white, he said. He was helpless when it came to color. “With color,” he told his friend Clifford Ross, “I have a tendency to wish to blow my brains out at some point or other.”We know Gorey—who didn’t blow his bra...

    Famous for his droll, macabre illustrations and stories, nearly all in black and white, Edward Gorey was also a master of color, as he proved repeatedly with his book jacket designs.

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets By Susan Dominus, New York Times Magazine After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults....

    Judy Blume, the Colorado River, and ISIS and antiquities. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    David Benioff, co-creator and show runner of the starkly brutal HBO fantasy "Game of Thrones," at the State University of New York campus in Oswego, N.Y., April 24, 2013. Benioff and his other co-creator, D.B. Weiss, have written an episode of the FX comedy "It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which they are fans of and describe the collaboration on the fast-paced half-hour format show as a challenge. (Annie Flanagan/The New York Times)

    Game of Thrones’s Other Great Novelist

    Game of Thrones’s Other Great Novelist

    An article in The New York Times not long ago certainly got people talking. Or rather, it got some people in two coastal American cities talking. The rest of the world? Not so much. “Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers,” s...

    One of the chief creative powers behind HBO’s epic retelling of “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff, deserves his kudos. But overlooked in all the fuss is what a fine novelist he is.

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    ARLINGTON, VA. - NOVEMBER 10: The sun begins to rise behind the Iwo Jima Memorial on November 10, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Marine Corp. is celebrating today its 235th birthday and is the oldest of the U.S. military services, established by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Why Are Statues of War Heroes M.I.A.?

    Why Are Statues of War Heroes M.I.A.?

    Those Americans who fought in World War I were convinced that future generations would be certain to remember their sacrifices and that such epic battles as Belleau Woods, Cantigny, Chateau-Thierry, St. Michael, and Meuse-Argonne would still be ho...

    War memorial statues and monuments proliferated after the Civil War and World War I, but except after 9/11, the practice is in decline. What does this say about us?

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets By Susan Dominus, New York Times Magazine After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults....

    Judy Blume, the Colorado River, and ISIS and antiquities. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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