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24 of Europe’s Most Awe-Inspiring Hidden Villages

Driving through Europe’s back roads, you’re bound to stumble upon at least a few beautiful, hidden villages that you’ve never heard about. If you’re …

The Most Rejuvenating Natural Hot Springs Around the World

Sometimes, in an effort to climb that mountain, see that sight, and eat at that restaurant, we end up needing a vacation from our vacation. Not so at nature’s own super spa: the hot spring. These mineral-rich waters from Palm Springs to Chilean Patagonia have nourished for centuries; there's no …

Hot Springs

The World's Most Romantic Hotel Rooms

Looking for a hotel room you'll never want to leave? Consider these options, which set the mood for love with everything from luxurious interiors to staggering, scenic views—or both.

These Destinations Aren't on Your Bucket List—but They Should Be

From climbing the Eiffel Tower to walking the rim of the Grand Canyon, there are some iconic destinations that seem to appear on everyone's bucket …

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9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

24 Things People Slightly Obsessed With Reading Know To Be True

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Books

Harry Potter and the contradictions about racial justice

The idea of a black Hermione is fantastic in pushing against the idea that fictional heroes are white by default – but it also points to inconsistencies in the series<p>Hermione is black, and fans are understandably thrilled. When Noma Dumezweni was cast as an adult Hermione in the London theatrical …

1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project -- a new initiative spearheaded by the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Afro-American Historical and …

Watch Two College Students, a White Female and a Black Male, Speak for Each Other in This Powerful Slam Poem That's Going Viral

"We have two different wounds and looking at yours does nothing to heal mine."<p>They say you don't really know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes, but what if you spend a few minutes vocalizing their experience? Can expressing the story of another human being out loud help you …

Claudia Rankine: ‘Blackness in the white imagination has nothing to do with black people’

The award-winning poet on Serena Williams, her emotional book signings and why racism is inescapable<p><b>Your book,</b> <b>Citizen: An American Lyric</b><b>, has won the National Book Critics’ Circle poetry award in the US, the Forward in the UK and is shortlisted for the</b> <b>TS Eliot prize</b><b>. It exposes racism in the US at</b> …

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin misses last TV deadline for new book

Author says he feels he has failed his fans because new HBO TV series will be shown before its source material<p>The author of the Game of Thrones series, George RR Martin, has confirmed he missed the last deadline that would have allowed the sixth novel in his fantasy series to be published before …

The Lethality of Loneliness

Sometime in the late ’50s, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann sat down to write an essay about a subject that had been mostly overlooked by other psychoanalysts …

Why 2015 Was the Year That Changed TV Forever

“The end of television” is a headline that’s been liberally thrown around for the past 15 years.<p>Indeed, the past year saw audiences becoming more and …

Lost script reveals what Orson Welles really thought about Ernest Hemingway

Rediscovered manuscript suggests director detested writer’s macho portrayal of Spanish culture<p>Orson Welles once described his relationship with Ernest Hemingway as “very strange”. The two men were friends, rivals and sometimes prickly antagonists. Now a previously unpublished manuscript has …

Literature

Our Fairy Tales Ourselves: Storytelling From East to West

It’s Thursday and it’s Christmas Eve and I am reading three books to my six-year-old before he goes to sleep. There’s the requisite “Night Before …

Christianity's Crisis in Medieval Japan Says a Lot About Cultural Dialogue Today

The history of Christianity in Japan is a tangled one.<p>In the southern Kyushu city of Kagoshima, with the iconic smoking peak of the Sakurajima …

Amazon's retail plans could include a lot more than books

But the company doesn't have immediate plans to open 400 outlets.<p>Amazon is taking steps to make its brick-and-mortar dreams come true, according to <i>Recode</i>. Its sources confirm that the e-retailer aims to open not just more book shops, but also other types of retail stores in the future. They also …

Jeff Bezos

Photos Capturing Brixton Before It Gets Lost to Gentrification

The 'Great Brixton' project is a collection of photos capturing everything that makes the South London area unique.<p>I remember in 2014 when the online magazine <i>Brixton Buzz</i> ran an April Fools story that Brixton was soon to be re-named East Clapham, and for a brief, sad moment I really believed it …

17 years after Columbine, the mother of one of the killers finally tells her story

By Carlos Lozada<p>Carlos Lozada<p>Book critic<p>Email Bio Follow<p><b>A MOTHER’S RECKONING: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy</b><p><b>By Sue Klebold</b><p><b>Crown Publishers. 305 pp. $28.</b><p>Five days after the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, and just hours after they cremated the remains of their son Dylan — cremation …

Mass Shootings