Politics

Stop Calling Hidalgo a Style Icon

Stop Calling Hidalgo a Style Icon

Two weeks ago, Paris elected its first female mayor. While Anne Hidalgo’s election was a groundbreaking moment for women in politics, the glossies went wild for another reason. With a platform that includes a strong focus on supporting Paris’s fas...

The fashion media has painted Hidalgo as Paris's stylish first lady. But with a love of pantsuits and pointed flats, she's more Hillary Clinton than Michelle Obama. And there...

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Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

“Kwan for President,” reads the button, its size extra large and its design dull, with a white background and black type letters that seem to leap off the shirt of Dell Pellegrini. She glances down at the button when I mention it.“Oh, this is from...

Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady. The story behind her political rise (and that infamous Prius).

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Mississippi Prefers Pork to Tea

Mississippi Prefers Pork to Tea

Mississippi is different.In many states, a seat in the Senate is simply a political office. Politicians come, and politicians go. But in Mississippi, becoming a U.S. senator is a lifetime appointment that politicians generally leave only upon deat...

In an attempt to slip into a Senate seat, Republican candidate Chris McDaniel has abandoned home state issues to focus on national matters—and state voters don’t like the taste of it.

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GOP: Getting Hip to Gay Marriage?

GOP: Getting Hip to Gay Marriage?

Conventioneers at the Nevada Republican Party just did a remarkable thing. They decided Republicans should be consistent with their philosophy of more freedom and less government—so they eliminated opposition to gay marriage from their party platf...

Just as the Nevada GOP drops its opposition to same-sex marriage, a group of young conservatives is launching a campaign to change anti-gay language in the national party platform.

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Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

“Kwan for President,” reads the button, its size extra large and its design dull, with a white background and black type letters that seem to leap off the shirt of Dell Pellegrini. She glances down at the button when I mention it.“Oh, this is from...

Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady. The story behind her political rise (and that infamous Prius).

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White Folks Can Talk About Race

White Folks Can Talk About Race

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume went on Bill O’Reilly Monday night to seek comfort and reassurance that he is not a racist. Forgive me if I don’t shed any tears.Hume was perturbed by a few accusations hurled at him on Twitter—like that...

Brit Hume is wrong. Of course white people can talk about race without being called racist. They just need to be smarter about it.

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The ID Whose Time Has Come

The ID Whose Time Has Come

In the middle of President Clinton’s speech at the LBJ summit in Austin, Texas, he departed from his prepared text to endorse an old idea gaining new currency—picture IDs on Social Security cards. In the 50 years since President Johnson’s signatur...

Citing nonexistent ‘voter fraud,’ Republicans are rolling back the right to vote nationwide. But Obama could fight back before November by putting picture IDs on Social Security cards.

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The Obamacare Win That Wasn’t?

The Obamacare Win That Wasn’t?

While news that the Affordable Care Act will cost less than was projected just a few months ago is undoubtably good for the country, it does not seem to have punctured the partisan bubble on the right. In February, the nonpartisan Congressional Bu...

The health-care law will cost the country $100 billion less than predicted, which sounds like a good thing—but you won’t hear Republican detractors say so.

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White Folks Can Talk About Race

White Folks Can Talk About Race

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume went on Bill O’Reilly Monday night to seek comfort and reassurance that he is not a racist. Forgive me if I don’t shed any tears.Hume was perturbed by a few accusations hurled at him on Twitter—like that...

Brit Hume is wrong. Of course white people can talk about race without being called racist. They just need to be smarter about it.

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Entertainment

Scandal's Baddest B*tch

Scandal's Baddest B*tch

As anyone who has watched just five minutes of the crazy-popular ABC drama Scandal can tell you, the series is brimming with whiplash story developments and surprising moments that shake loyal fans to their core. Even knowing that, though, it’s un...

Somewhere along the way, once-hateful first lady Mellie Grant became the most complex, most fun character on 'Scandal.' Breakout star Bellamy Young tells us how she did it.

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Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

Ms. Kwan Hits the Campaign Trail

“Kwan for President,” reads the button, its size extra large and its design dull, with a white background and black type letters that seem to leap off the shirt of Dell Pellegrini. She glances down at the button when I mention it.“Oh, this is from...

Once tasked with nailing triple Lutzes and Salchows, Michelle Kwan may soon be Rhode Island's first lady. The story behind her political rise (and that infamous Prius).

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Casting Couch Horror Stories

Casting Couch Horror Stories

Bryan Singer is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old, after promising him a role in one of his films. See other actors' horror stories.

Bryan Singer is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old, after promising him a role in one of his films. See other actors' horror stories.

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Scandal's Baddest B*tch

Scandal's Baddest B*tch

As anyone who has watched just five minutes of the crazy-popular ABC drama Scandal can tell you, the series is brimming with whiplash story developments and surprising moments that shake loyal fans to their core. Even knowing that, though, it’s un...

Somewhere along the way, once-hateful first lady Mellie Grant became the most complex, most fun character on 'Scandal.' Breakout star Bellamy Young tells us how she did it.

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Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful kids, celebrity friends, glamor in spades, and smiling only by a...

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful...

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Oprah: Making Celebs Cry Since ’86

Oprah: Making Celebs Cry Since ’86

She’s gone and done it again.On the Sunday, April 13 episode of Oprah Prime, everyone’s favorite celebrity interviewer, Oprah Winfrey, sat down with singer/producer Pharrell Williams to discuss the success of his Oscar-nominated global smash, “Hap...

Earlier this week, the grande dame of TV interviews reduced the ‘Happy’ singer to tears on her program. He was far from the first.

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World News

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

This story has been updated to reflect comments from Edward Snowden's American lawyer. Vladimir Putin just trolled President Barack Obama and the entire U.S. intelligence community. He trolled them hard. On live Russian television Edward Snow...

In a staged encounter on Russian television, the NSA whistleblower asks Putin if the Kremlin’s surveillance is as bad as Washington’s. Putin, lying with a smile, says no.

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Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

For an overwhelming majority of Americans, weary of the longest war in United States history—which has cost trillions in taxpayer dollars and exacted more than 2,300 deaths and 20,000 wounded among U.S. soldiers since Operation Enduring Freedom co...

Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections.

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Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

After a fatal confrontation in eastern Ukraine, revelations from Vladimir Putin, and a surprise Edward Snowden appearance, The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin breaks down the crisis on ...

The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling

The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling

KIEV, UKRAINE— An overnight attack by pro-Russian separatists on a National Guard base in the southern port of Mariupol has raised a frightening specter in Ukraine. The struggling government now fears that militants instructed by Moscow will incre...

A deadly Ukrainian operation to protect a base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol is a rare example of some backbone shown by a disorganized military that doesn’t want to fight.

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    Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

    After a fatal confrontation in eastern Ukraine, revelations from Vladimir Putin, and a surprise Edward Snowden appearance, The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin breaks down the crisis on ...

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

For an overwhelming majority of Americans, weary of the longest war in United States history—which has cost trillions in taxpayer dollars and exacted more than 2,300 deaths and 20,000 wounded among U.S. soldiers since Operation Enduring Freedom co...

Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections.

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Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying

Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying

“We don’t have a domestic spying program.”Who said it, Vladimir Putin or Barack Obama?Obama did, of course, but you could be forgiven for thinking it was Putin. On Thursday, Putin told his guest Edward Snowden that Russia does not spy on all its c...

The Russian president uses similar logic and words that the American president does when justifying mass surveillance.

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Chinese Drones Target Drug Kingpin

Chinese Drones Target Drug Kingpin

The Chinese called him Godfather. He was a Burmese national—resistance fighter, drug smuggler, kidnapper, warlord. At his height of power, Naw Kham accumulated $63 million and commanded over 400 militia members in the Golden Triangle, a hotbed for...

How China used drones to track and capture the notorious kingpin of the Mekong delta.

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Taliban Peacemaker Locked Up

Taliban Peacemaker Locked Up

Everyone is a suspect when an ex-Taliban minister who broke with the group to lead peace talks goes missing under mysterious circumstances.Agha Jan Motasim has a long list of enemies. Taliban hardliners tried to have him assassinated a few years a...

A key voice for reconciliation in Afghanistan has been missing for weeks after an apparent arrest. Why the prime suspect is Pakistan—and the motive to sabotage any potential peace deal.

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Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying

Putin Sounds Like Obama on Spying

“We don’t have a domestic spying program.”Who said it, Vladimir Putin or Barack Obama?Obama did, of course, but you could be forgiven for thinking it was Putin. On Thursday, Putin told his guest Edward Snowden that Russia does not spy on all its c...

The Russian president uses similar logic and words that the American president does when justifying mass surveillance.

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Tech + Health

Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Just Plane Weird

Just Plane Weird

According to the latest news in aviation, the world of air travel has gone a little wonky. US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane. A traveler attempted to jump from their flight midair while another sp...

From accidental plane porno to “prank” terrorism—this week’s slate of airline-related incidents suggests air travel has hit a new altitude of bizarre.

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The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Predator drone has become the symbol for America’s unmanned war, zooming over the heads of low-tech foes like the Taliban. But the battles to come are likely to be against more sophisticated, better-equipped foes—especially with a newly-aggres...

Forget the Predators, the iconic unmanned aircraft of the last war. The next generation of robot planes will be deadly, and very, very difficult to find.

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Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

So close, Jenny McCarthy. So close. Well… not really. But I’m trying to adopt the same conciliatory tone that McCarthy affects in a recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, in which she claims that she was never really “anti-vaccine” and that believing oth...

After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’

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Just Plane Weird

Just Plane Weird

According to the latest news in aviation, the world of air travel has gone a little wonky. US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane. A traveler attempted to jump from their flight midair while another sp...

From accidental plane porno to “prank” terrorism—this week’s slate of airline-related incidents suggests air travel has hit a new altitude of bizarre.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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Fashion

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful kids, celebrity friends, glamor in spades, and smiling only by a...

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful...

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Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Photos of Lady Gaga Leak: On Wednesday, feminist website Jezebel published unretouched photos from Lady Gaga’s Spring 2014 Versace campaign, which features the performer—who reportedly requests all paparazzi retouch her images before m...

And Prince William called Kate "a banana."

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The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, the site changed the e-commerce business. Now it’s trying to revolutionize publishing with the launch of Porter, the ‘magazine of the future.’

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Photos of Lady Gaga Leak: On Wednesday, feminist website Jezebel published unretouched photos from Lady Gaga’s Spring 2014 Versace campaign, which features the performer—who reportedly requests all paparazzi retouch her images before m...

And Prince William called Kate "a banana."

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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VS Fashion Show Moves To London

VS Fashion Show Moves To London

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Heads to London: At a private press conference Tuesday morning, Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the brand’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek to announce the move of the annual fashi...

And street style is becoming shoppable.

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Meet the Real Life Ken Doll

Meet the Real Life Ken Doll

Following an appearance in photographer Phil Toledano’s book, A New Kind of Beauty, Justin Jedlica was dubbed ‘The Human Ken Doll’ while making a brief appearance on 20/20. The name stuck, and Jedlica—and his 149 cosmetic surgeries—have become an ...

It took Justin Jedlica 149 cosmetic procedures to look like this. He says Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers were his idols, while the Real Life Barbie is just faking it.

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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Great Escapes

Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird

Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird

I’m sitting under a lighthouse just outside Reykjavík watching the Northern Lights dance over Iceland’s capital city. The green hues are cascading across the sky like glowing curtains. It’s otherworldly.  I’m with the writer of the Lonely Planet t...

A land of fire, ice, and elves, Iceland is a beacon of nature’s majesty and culture. It’s also quite possibly the strangest place ever. And that’s precisely why you should go.

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  • All Aboard the Orient Express

    All Aboard the Orient Express

    Since its early days, train travel has been shrouded in an aura of romanticism. It has become emblematic of a bygone era of epic voyages, adventures, and discovery—the excitement and possibility of accessing vast new territories. Today, our fascin...

    When a rail line opened connecting Paris to Istanbul, the world was changed forever, allowing people from faraway places to embark on a romantic adventure to see how the others lived.

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Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Finland’s postal service is celebrating homoerotic art. Their most recent commemorative stamp design will present a bevy of barely dressed and leather-clad muscle men based on 33 different works by the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, commonly know...

Finland Postal Service introduces new stamps.

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Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Fifty years ago, the Ford Motor Company debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

Fifty years ago, the Ford Motor Company debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

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Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Surrounded on all sides by the joyful sweep and thrilling colors of some of Henri Matisse’s greatest work, it is impossible to miss the surge of excitement that coursed through the artist in his 70s and ensured that his final years became some of ...

Many artists wind down in their twilight years, but not Matisse. He was not only prolific, but also created an entirely new art form with his vivid, cut-out paper works.

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Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Finland’s postal service is celebrating homoerotic art. Their most recent commemorative stamp design will present a bevy of barely dressed and leather-clad muscle men based on 33 different works by the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, commonly know...

Finland Postal Service introduces new stamps.

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The Original Selfies

The Original Selfies

As history would have it, we all have a little Kim Kardashian in us—even masters like Velasquez. While the famed Spanish artist behind Las Meninas may not have been posting pictures of his rotund derriere on Instagram, he, along with many other we...

Rembrandt and Kim Kardashian have something in common: Both showed off in images they created of themselves. A new book reveals the self-portrait’s fascinating and revealing history.

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The Beauty of The ’Burbs

The Beauty of The ’Burbs

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

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Kabul's Major Motion Picture

Kabul's Major Motion Picture

When the Taliban took over Kabul in 1996, all forms of movies, television, and videos were outlawed, along with many other things, for everyone. Theaters were quickly abandoned, left to decay and sometimes destroyed. When the US invaded Afghanista...

Cinemas in Afghanistan were shuttered under the Taliban. But now audiences, all-male, flock to them to watch the latest Bollywood movies. Photographer Jonathan Saruk captured the bui...

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The Original Selfies

The Original Selfies

As history would have it, we all have a little Kim Kardashian in us—even masters like Velasquez. While the famed Spanish artist behind Las Meninas may not have been posting pictures of his rotund derriere on Instagram, he, along with many other we...

Rembrandt and Kim Kardashian have something in common: Both showed off in images they created of themselves. A new book reveals the self-portrait’s fascinating and revealing history.

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Women

Career + Family = Solved?

Career + Family = Solved?

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek declares “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” It is not breaking news that women who postponed having children have a harder time conceiving: the National Survey of Family Growth shows that among women 40 to 44...

Egg freezing seems to offer the possibility of having it all, but the odds are still only one in five.

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  • How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

    How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

    In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

    When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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A Prenup for Digital Privacy

A Prenup for Digital Privacy

The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as we...

Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

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Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

The numbers were shocking: “Nigerian Unrest: Gunmen abduct ‘about 100 schoolgirls’” headlined the BBC after guerrillas believed to belong to the al Qaeda-allied group Boko Haram attacked a boarding school late Monday in the Nigerian state of Borno...

The abduction of 200 female students from northern Nigeria was not the first attack on girls’ education by the al Qaeda-linked group—and it won’t be the last.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Who's on Top?

Who's on Top?

By featuring John Oliver on its “35 Most Powerful People” cover, today’s Hollywood Reporter has broken a trend. Previously, power lists that were short on women seemed to compensate by putting one on the cover. See: Business Insider’s “Tech Power ...

Power lists that were short on women seem to compensate by putting one on the cover. How about putting more on the list?

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Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case

Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case

A harrowing report in The New York Times reveals how Florida State University and Tallahassee Police were remiss at best and actively dismissive at worst regarding rape and sexual-assault accustations. Detective Scott Angulo closed the first case ...

Star QB Jameis Winston accused.

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The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, the site changed the e-commerce business. Now it’s trying to revolutionize publishing with the launch of Porter, the ‘magazine of the future.’

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Who's on Top?

Who's on Top?

By featuring John Oliver on its “35 Most Powerful People” cover, today’s Hollywood Reporter has broken a trend. Previously, power lists that were short on women seemed to compensate by putting one on the cover. See: Business Insider’s “Tech Power ...

Power lists that were short on women seem to compensate by putting one on the cover. How about putting more on the list?

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Books

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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Dead and Beautiful

Dead and Beautiful

Yes, those really are stuffed kittens dressed in finely detailed Victorian garb at a wedding, and that really is a squirrel at the club playing cribbage with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.Welcome to the weird and strange tableaux by the once we...

Rats, squirrels, and dead kittens in their Sunday best—revealing the strange art of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

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Crazy Cartography

Crazy Cartography

Maps are their own narratives of space. Who draws them, and who names them, holds immense power to determine not just Where You Are, but How Things Are. Subjective or empirical experience in conflict with the map’s own assertions can leave you now...

Maps of places you’ve never been, maps of paper routes, maps of desktops: artists and writers conjure directions for heretofore uncharted Xanadus.

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