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Summer reading list: nonfiction

<i>Being a compendium of some of my most popular nonfiction reviews from the past year, from Capital in the 21st Century to The Divide</i><p><b>Emergency</b> …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

Self-Defense Tips for Staying Safe Before, During, and After Your Outdoor Workout

Put on well-fitting workout clothes and, if you have long hair, style it in a side braid or slip it under a cap in lieu of a ponytail (both of which can help reduce the risk of someone being able to grab you).<p>Find a friend to run or train with. Co-exercising is a great way to stay safe, and it adds …

7 Times Ellen DeGeneres Won the Oscars Last Night

Hosting the most prestigious awards show of the season is a tough gig, and while we watch the Oscars to see Hollywood's biggest talents receive recognition (and what they're wearing, of course), accolades are also in order for the person who can successfully entertain the room (and the world) …

25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces" and "Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead," never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming …

5 Breathing Exercises to Try Today

Boost your energy, find your focus, and rev your workouts with these breathing exercises you’ve never tried<p>Take a deep breath. Chances are your shoulders shrugged and your chest puffed out.<p>And chances are you don’t realize that’s <i>not</i> how you’re supposed to breathe. See, that belly breath your yoga …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

16 Reasons You Should Buy a Denim Jacket

Of all the must-have spring wardrobe staples, denim jackets are way at the top of our list. Why? They’re the definition of casual cool, looking as effortless on as they are to wear: they’re a go-to lightweight layer, looking ace over dresses and hoodies alike. And even though you’ll catch us …

Chicago's best homegrown junk food

'Junk food' is often used as an insult, but in Chicago it's a celebrated art form. Known the world over for its gorgeous architecture, impressive museums, legendary sports teams, barely tolerable winters and cutting-edge cuisine, The Windy City is also home to some of the best guilty pleasure food …

Controversial Messages from Creationists to Evolutionists

Matt Stopera of BuzzFeed recently attended the debates between science educator Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Christian author Ken Ham about the controversial topic of evolutionism vs creationism. While there, he asked a number of self-described creationists from the event's audience to write …

"100 Books To Read In a Lifetime," according to Amazon

Amazon posted its list of "100 Books To Read In A Lifetime." Of course, no such list could ever please everyone, but there are quite a few surprising …

Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success

<i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it,”</i> Dani Shapiro wrote in her beautiful meditation on the perils of plans. But while embracing uncertainty may be the cure for our epidemic of anxiety and the root of …

21 Inappropriate Books For Kids That Actually Exist

Previously we've brought you the eyebrow raising 10 Worst Book Covers In The History Of Literature<p>But today's literary gems aren't designed for you …

Doing Amsterdam the Dutch way

From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the lesser-known places that they love, far from the tourist crowds.<p>From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the …

European Travel

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Valérie Messika's Paris guide

JEWELRY ADDRESS BOOK<p><b>Valérie Messika has opened her very first eponymous boutique for her signature diamond pieces on Rue Saint-Honoré, in the heart</b> …

#theLIST: 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2014

Sundance Film Festival can do for a flick just what it does for the old gold mine (Park City tourism aint bad in January, well tell you that), so everyone in Hollywood is looking inland for the next slate of award season hits. Here are 10 not<p>Sundance Film Festival can do for a flick just what it …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …

First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman on the Secret of Genius

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul,” <i>Calvin & Hobbes</i> creator Bill Watterson observed in his superb 1990 Kenyon College commencement address, “is a rare achievement.” Indeed, the search for meaning, the life of purpose, the quest to do what makes you come alive — those …

F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats’s “Ode to a Nightingale”

<b>F. Scott Fitzgerald</b> may be the source of some timeless wisdom on the theory of writing and a feisty literary idealist, but he was also a man of uncommon sensitivity to the living fabric of language. In this chillingly beautiful recording, Fitzgerald reads John Keats’s 1819 classic <b>“Ode to a</b> …

George Lucas, John Lithgow, and Other Luminaries on How the Humanities Make Us Human

Ray Bradbury famously argued for reading as a prerequisite for democracy. <i>“Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science,”</i> Wordsworth wrote. In her superb 2013 McGill commencement address, philosopher Judith Butler …

Mars and the Mind of Man: Carl Sagan, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke in Cosmic Conversation, 1971

On November 12, 1971, the day before NASA’s Mariner 9 mission reached Mars and became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Caltech Planetary Science professor <b>Bruce Murray</b> summoned a formidable panel of thinkers to discuss the implications of the historic event. Murray himself was to join …