Promoted Stories

    Entertainment

    Tom Six Director of Human Centipede

    ‘The Human Centipede’ Vs. The Right-Wing

    ‘The Human Centipede’ Vs. The Right-Wing

    I meet with Tom Six the day after the modest L.A. premiere of his latest shock sequel, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), where one hardcore fan of Six’s ass-to-mouth horror cringefests proudly showed off the tattoo of three prostrate figures...

    Sicko Dutch filmmaker Tom Six, the brains behind The Human Centipede trilogy, on how his third film skewers right-wingers and why the Bush Administration will love it.

    Keep Reading

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Not to be outdone by U2’s Spider-Man stage show, Coldplay has gone one step further and adapted Game of Thrones as a musical.Actually, they did it for Red Nose Day, Comic Relief UK's benefit for impoverished children that has finally made its...

    Red Nose Day mockumentary unites Brit rockers and the series’ cast.

    Keep Reading
    Screenwriter Damon Lindelof poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "Tomorrowland" in Beverly Hills, California May 8, 2015. The movie will be released on May 22. Picture taken May 8.,Screenwriter Damon Lindelof poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "Tomorrowland" in Beverly Hills, California May 8, 2015. The movie will be released on May 22. Picture taken May 8. To match FILM-TOMORROWLAND/    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTX1CGMG

    Damon Lindelof Knows He Pissed You Off

    Damon Lindelof Knows He Pissed You Off

    In the year and a half that Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof has been off Twitter, he’s been a much happier person for it. “I couldn’t resist knowing what everybody was saying about me and it just ended up making me feel bad,” admits Lindelof...

    The ‘Lost’ showrunner dishes on his new film ‘Tomorrowland,’ fellow geek god Joss Whedon’s Twitter exit, and how being off Twitter has changed his life for the better.

    Keep Reading
    Gasper Noe 'Love'

    How Cannes 3D Porn Be So Boring?

    How Cannes 3D Porn Be So Boring?

    Despite several instances of tastefully lit fellatio, a fraught interlude with a transgender prostitute, and a 3D image of a large penis’s sperm cascading towards the audience, Gaspar Noé’s Love proved to be the dumbest movie screened so far at Ca...

    Ever wonder what it’s like to see a penis ejaculate into your face while dressed to the nines in the South of France? Well then Gaspar Noe’s Love might be for you.

    Keep Reading

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Not to be outdone by U2’s Spider-Man stage show, Coldplay has gone one step further and adapted Game of Thrones as a musical.Actually, they did it for Red Nose Day, Comic Relief UK's benefit for impoverished children that has finally made its...

    Red Nose Day mockumentary unites Brit rockers and the series’ cast.

    Keep Reading
    Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC Because He Molested Kids as a Teen

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when ...

    “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar resigned from the Family Research Council for acting “inexcusably” as a teen. Reports say he molested young girls—and his family knew.

    Keep Reading

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    May 22 will see Ireland vote on a constitutional referendum that, if passed, would allow for same sex marriage. To help get out the vote in favor, Irish comedians Aisling Bea and Jason Byrne employed the help of comedian friends like future Daily ...

    British actor/comedian/activist takes part in “Stand Ups for Yes” video for Friday’s vote.

    Keep Reading
    Maggie Gyllenhaal from the BBC miniseries "The Honorourable Woman" arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, it would appear, has reached her Last Fuckable Day.Amy Schumer set off a chorus of industry hallelujahs with her signature torching of Hollywood’s sexism in the season premiere of her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer wit...

    The 37-year-old actress was told she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old male counterpart in a film. The depressing thing? This isn’t news.

    Keep Reading
    Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC Because He Molested Kids as a Teen

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when ...

    “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar resigned from the Family Research Council for acting “inexcusably” as a teen. Reports say he molested young girls—and his family knew.

    Keep Reading

    World News

    Georgian servicemen take part in the joint U.S.-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi, on May 21, 2015. Some 600 US and Georgian troops are taking part in the "Noble Partner" military exercise, aimed at enhancing the two countries' military relationship and training Georgian troops for contribution to the NATO Response Force.

    The Week in Photos

    The Week in Photos

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

    Keep Reading
    A rebel fighter of the Al-Furqan brigade covers his ears as a fellow fighter fires a vehicle's weapon during what the rebels said is an offensive to take control of the al-Mastouma army base which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Idlib city May 17, 2015. Picture taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Two successive months and two stunning battlefield reversals for the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—one dealt him in the east by the so-called Islamic State, the other in the north by a new coalition of rebel forces that includes an af...

    Assad is in trouble. But ISIS moving in from the east may hit the rebels closing in from the north.

    Keep Reading
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX1AOQB

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West—and claims the first lady won’t fetch a large price.“I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every...

    The latest issue of an ISIS propaganda magazine puts a price on the First Lady in the slavery market it says will one day come to the United States.

    Keep Reading
    Georgian servicemen take part in the joint U.S.-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi, on May 21, 2015. Some 600 US and Georgian troops are taking part in the "Noble Partner" military exercise, aimed at enhancing the two countries' military relationship and training Georgian troops for contribution to the NATO Response Force.

    The Week in Photos

    The Week in Photos

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

    Keep Reading
    Migrants walk after they disembarked from a navy ship in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta June 1, 2014. Italian navy patrol ships rescued more than 3,500 migrants including hundreds of women and children from boats coming from North Africa, authorities said on Saturday, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for help from the European Union. The rescues, which the coast guard said have been going on since Friday evening, are the latest in a seemingly endless succession as the chronic migrant crisis in the southern Mediterranean has picked up this year. A total of 3,612 migrants from Syria and North Africa were picked up from 11 boats and taken to ports in Sicily and the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a coastguard spokesman told Reuters. Some 43,000 people have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, the same amount as in the whole of 2013, the coastguard said.  REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - - RTR3RPS1

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    ROME — There are almost 5,000 missing children in Italy right now, and no one is looking for them. Their photos aren’t posted on the Internet, and there are no Amber Alerts notifying the general public to keep a look out for them. They are nameles...

    Among the many thousands of migrants and refugees trying to make it to Europe, as many as two-thirds of the children are unaccompanied: easy pickings for organized crime.

    Keep Reading
    A general view of the Syrian town of Kobani is seen through a spy-glass from near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, October 19, 2014.

    Where ISIS Gets Its Bombs

    Where ISIS Gets Its Bombs

    AKCAKALE, Turkey — Within sight of an unoccupied watchtower, and a couple of hundred meters from the border gate at Akcakale on the Syrian-Turkish border, two small girls are skipping on stacks of piping ready for shipment to the town of Tel Abyad...

    How does the so-called Islamic State get new recruits and supplies from abroad? With amazing ease. An eyewitness report.

    Keep Reading
    STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS - FEBRUARY 20:  Moonlight active-duty Special Boat Team members from the Navy's Gulf Coast team participate in direct action drills on the Pearl River on February 20, 2013 at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Throughout the six hour training evolution four Special Operations Craft-Riverine boats, or SOC-R's, patrolled the river in formation looking for instructors posing as enemy personnel on the river banks. Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, or SWCCs, are members of the United States Navy's Special Boat Teams and are responsible for insertion, extraction, and combat fire support for the U.S. Navy SEALs.

    Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS

    Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS

    TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight—not a war that will be won in the next few year...

    They’re supposed to be at the forefront of the battle. But U.S. special operators say the Obama administration’s restrictive rules of war are harming their mission.

    Keep Reading
    Migrants walk after they disembarked from a navy ship in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta June 1, 2014. Italian navy patrol ships rescued more than 3,500 migrants including hundreds of women and children from boats coming from North Africa, authorities said on Saturday, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for help from the European Union. The rescues, which the coast guard said have been going on since Friday evening, are the latest in a seemingly endless succession as the chronic migrant crisis in the southern Mediterranean has picked up this year. A total of 3,612 migrants from Syria and North Africa were picked up from 11 boats and taken to ports in Sicily and the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a coastguard spokesman told Reuters. Some 43,000 people have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, the same amount as in the whole of 2013, the coastguard said.  REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - - RTR3RPS1

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    ROME — There are almost 5,000 missing children in Italy right now, and no one is looking for them. Their photos aren’t posted on the Internet, and there are no Amber Alerts notifying the general public to keep a look out for them. They are nameles...

    Among the many thousands of migrants and refugees trying to make it to Europe, as many as two-thirds of the children are unaccompanied: easy pickings for organized crime.

    Keep Reading

    U.S. News

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Since TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting first premiered in 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have amazed their less fecund audience members with their ability to “extreme parent” nine girls and 10 boys. For 10 seasons, viewers—either in admiration or gui...

    The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.

    Keep Reading
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX1AOQB

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West—and claims the first lady won’t fetch a large price.“I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every...

    The latest issue of an ISIS propaganda magazine puts a price on the First Lady in the slavery market it says will one day come to the United States.

    Keep Reading
    Business woman Martha Stewart (C) stands with lawyer Robert Morvillo (R) after speaking with reporters after her sentencing on obstruction of justice charges in New York on July 16, 2004. Stewart's sentence included five months in prison and five months home confinement, and was fined $30,000, pending appeal. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    On Wednesday, five of the largest banks in the world agreed to pay a combined $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury and then pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges that they had operated for years as a secret cabal to manipulate currency excha...

    After five of the world’s biggest banks pleaded guilty to criminal charges—and no one will face jail time for those crimes—it’s time to admit Stewart should have never been behind bars.

    Keep Reading

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Since TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting first premiered in 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have amazed their less fecund audience members with their ability to “extreme parent” nine girls and 10 boys. For 10 seasons, viewers—either in admiration or gui...

    The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.

    Keep Reading
    William James McAdams

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    What do you do when you’re charged with beating and restraining a woman you were on a date with? Well, if you’re a 24-year-old flight instructor, you could just decide to steal a plane and make for parts unknown.At around 1 a.m. on May 8, police t...

    Police believe William James McAdams stole a Cessna SkyHawk in an effort to flee charges of beating a woman after a date. Now, with the Coast Guard calling off the search, he might g...

    Keep Reading
    A February 11, 2015 photo shows the US Capitol with its dome encased in scaffolding as it undergoes renovation in Washington, DC. The White House revealed to lawmakers on Tuesday details of its request to Congress for a three-year war authority to battle Islamic extremists that would prohibit 'enduring' offensive combat operations. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Congress has just a handful of legislative left days to decide whether to amend, extend, or simply let provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1. And, for now, the ball is in the Senate’s court.Last week, the House of Representatives overwhel...

    One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU’s legislative counsel says ...

    Keep Reading

    Tech + Health

    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.

    Keep Reading

    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.

    Keep Reading

    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.

    Keep Reading
    Lock on Computer Chip --- Image by © Corbis

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Yesterday, an international group of researchers revealed a set of attacks on Diffie-Hellman, one of the fundamental cryptographic protocols that protect all our communication. They disclosed two attacks, one which allows anyone to break the secre...

    U.S. cyberspies have all kinds of success breaking into supposedly encrypted messages. But how exactly the NSA pulled off this trick has remained a mystery.

    Keep Reading

    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.

    Keep Reading
    Drunk in Love

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    Drunk in Love isn’t just the best Beyoncé/Jay Z collaboration since Blue Ivy: it also explains new scientific research, which found alcohol and oxytocin—“the love hormone”—produce similar neurological effectsA study this week from the University o...

    Researchers this week unveiled new scientific evidence proving that alcohol can mirror oxytocin—a “love hormone” that plays a major part in bringing two people together.

    Keep Reading

    Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

    Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

    Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s disabled. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal.“It’s one of those things I forget—that ...

    Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act?

    Keep Reading
    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    “You’ve become eccentric.”In February, Lily, 47, opened Facebook and found this message under the “Other” tab in her inbox. The message could might have come across as an awkward attempt to reconnect if it were from an old friend. It wasn’t. It wa...

    Lily hid from her ex for more than 20 years, but he found her because Facebook forces even women who need anonymity to use their real names.

    Keep Reading
    Drunk in Love

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    Drunk in Love isn’t just the best Beyoncé/Jay Z collaboration since Blue Ivy: it also explains new scientific research, which found alcohol and oxytocin—“the love hormone”—produce similar neurological effectsA study this week from the University o...

    Researchers this week unveiled new scientific evidence proving that alcohol can mirror oxytocin—a “love hormone” that plays a major part in bringing two people together.

    Keep Reading

    BeastStyle

    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?

    Keep Reading
    Model Toni Garrn attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/amfAR15/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Toni Garrn

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    CANNES — Isabella Rossellini, head of the jury for this year’s Un Certain Regard section at the Festival de Cannes, stood chatting on the terrace of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc at this year’s amfAR gala, like a luminous incarnation of her mother, In...

    The annual amfAR gala in Cannes to raise money for AIDS research featured wall-to-wall Hollywood glamour, gorgeous models, and art being auctioned for millions.

    Keep Reading
    Frida Kahlo's NY Botanical Garden exhibit

    Frida Kahlo’s Garden Grows Again

    Frida Kahlo’s Garden Grows Again

    Lush foliage and vivid yellow flowers surround a bright blue wall proclaiming “Frida y Diego vivieron en etsa casa, 1929-1954.”Visitors pass this entrance and enter an oasis of nature—zinnias, calla-lillies, Lady’s Eardrops, giant green philodendr...

    The New York Botanical Garden has made a colorful, vivid re-creation of the legendary artist’s Mexico City garden. It perfectly echoes her passionate, vibrant life.

    Keep Reading
    How To Fall In Love With Fly Fishing

    How to Fall in Love With Fly Fishing

    How to Fall in Love With Fly Fishing

    Set in a nondescript back lot in a slowly revitalizing western Massachusetts factory town, Marc Aroner has been crafting some of the finest bamboo fly fishing rods in the world for more than 30 years.In a sport where the vast majority of implement...

    If you want to practice the glorious art of fly fishing in style, then a bespoke rod is the way to go. Marc Aroner describes a craft rooted in passion.

    Keep Reading
    Model Toni Garrn attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/amfAR15/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Toni Garrn

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    CANNES — Isabella Rossellini, head of the jury for this year’s Un Certain Regard section at the Festival de Cannes, stood chatting on the terrace of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc at this year’s amfAR gala, like a luminous incarnation of her mother, In...

    The annual amfAR gala in Cannes to raise money for AIDS research featured wall-to-wall Hollywood glamour, gorgeous models, and art being auctioned for millions.

    Keep Reading

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    “Frexting” is a truly Frankensteinian portmanteau of “friend” and “sexting.” It’s also a term that some women are using to describe platonic sexting between groups of straight female friends.As author Kelly Williams Brown puts it in a blog post, “...

    Supposedly straight women are sending intimate pictures of themselves to each other. But it’s just platonic, they keep insisting. Right.

    Keep Reading
    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Wherever one goes, there is “shaming,” or the possibility of “shaming.” Or the accusation of ‘shaming.” You are “shamed” if you are a celebrity, and look terrible in an outfit, and someone snarks so. You can be “shamed” for too much sex, too littl...

    Cambridge students say the public dissemination of their exam results amounts to “grade shaming.” Why is this most self-publicizing generation so sensitive about their privacy?

    Keep Reading
    Tree blossoms frame the Eiffel Tower on a Spring day in Paris March 23, 2015.    REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer   - RTR4UK2G

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    Acid washed jeans and flannel pajamas from LL Bean: When young Kate Betts arrived in Paris in 1986, the items that made it into her single suitcase hardly foretold a career in fashion. Five years later, those icons of questionable taste a distant ...

    The style maven and former Harper’s Bazaar editor found her fashion footing when she went off to live in Paris, where she watched and learned from the best.

    Keep Reading

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    “Frexting” is a truly Frankensteinian portmanteau of “friend” and “sexting.” It’s also a term that some women are using to describe platonic sexting between groups of straight female friends.As author Kelly Williams Brown puts it in a blog post, “...

    Supposedly straight women are sending intimate pictures of themselves to each other. But it’s just platonic, they keep insisting. Right.

    Keep Reading

    Books

    American actor Humphrey Bogart (1899 – 1957) in the 1940's (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

    How America Fell for the Private Eye

    How America Fell for the Private Eye

    Ross Macdonald belongs on the Mount Rushmore of American mystery writers, alongside Edgar Allen Poe, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. He was also a connoisseur of the detective story, as he displays in this terrific 1965 Show magazine essay...

    Ross Macdonald wrote his share of classic American detective stories. Here he takes a busman’s holiday and explores the origins of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and his own Lew Archer.

    Keep Reading
    • Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

      Does the Octopus Have a Soul?

      What has eight legs and just might have a soul?The answer, surprisingly, is an octopus.These leggy cephalopods, long a prominent player in human fear of the ocean depths, are the subject of a touching yet informative new book by Sy Montgomery, The...

      They’re slippery, clever, and adaptable, and a fascinating new book showcases evidence that these eight-legged terrors of the deep may even be able to think and feel.

      Keep Reading

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

    Keep Reading
    Tree blossoms frame the Eiffel Tower on a Spring day in Paris March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer - RTR4UK2G

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    Acid washed jeans and flannel pajamas from LL Bean: When young Kate Betts arrived in Paris in 1986, the items that made it into her single suitcase hardly foretold a career in fashion. Five years later, those icons of questionable taste a distant ...

    The style maven and former Harper’s Bazaar editor found her fashion footing when she went off to live in Paris, where she watched and learned from the best.

    Keep Reading
    Wall Street bitcoin exchange

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    At first glance, it looks like it’s been a pretty good spring for the folk who would have the world believe that the virtual currency bitcoin is finally happening, especially where it matters most, on Wall Street.In March, a New York-based start u...

    Could the recent announcement by the NYSE that it’s launching a bitcoin price index mean that the virtual curency has finally found legitimacy? Pretty to think so but probably not.

    Keep Reading

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

    Keep Reading
    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 3: David Letterman is photographed June 3, 1982 at the taping of his show in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    For those of us who remember David Letterman as the young, skinny, smart-ass hayseed whose self-conscious, comedic sophistication made talk shows seem new again in the ’80s, Letterman’s retirement as the grand old man of the genre is hard to compu...

    The bratty young Letterman of the early ’80s seemingly has little in common with the genuinely honest, albeit ironic, Letterman of late. But there is a through-line narrative.

    Keep Reading
    Author Toni Morrison poses for a portrait for her book entitled "Love" in Midtown Manhattan on August 29, 2002 in New York City.

    No, Not Anyone Can Write a Good Book

    No, Not Anyone Can Write a Good Book

    I went into book publishing for the same reason I suspect most people are drawn to the field: I loved books and dreamed of one day writing my own. I started as an editorial intern and transitioned to publicity in academic publishing, small indepen...

    Working in the publishing industry can let you think you know all there is to know about publishing a book, until you set out to write one.

    Keep Reading

    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    The last game of chess Earl Smith played was with a man who was about to die.For 23 years, Smith was a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California, often ministering to men sentenced to die. Smith recounts his experience in a new memoir, ap...

    Earl Smith on praying—and playing—with men sentenced to die in San Quentin.

    Keep Reading
    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 3: David Letterman is photographed June 3, 1982 at the taping of his show in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    For those of us who remember David Letterman as the young, skinny, smart-ass hayseed whose self-conscious, comedic sophistication made talk shows seem new again in the ’80s, Letterman’s retirement as the grand old man of the genre is hard to compu...

    The bratty young Letterman of the early ’80s seemingly has little in common with the genuinely honest, albeit ironic, Letterman of late. But there is a through-line narrative.

    Keep Reading