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This is what love does to your brain

“It’s really an addiction.”<p>What happens to your brain on love? Is there such a thing as “casual sex”? What do we get wrong about male and female sexuality?<p>These are a few of the questions I put to Helen Fisher in a recent interview.<p>Fisher is a biological anthropologist, the chief scientific adviser …

Relationships

10 Ideas to Steal from Desert Gardens

Desert landscapes look like the backdrops in old cartoons, endless loops showing a lone cactus silhouetted against the sky while Road Runner and Wile …

Landscaping

13 Misused Book Quotes & What They Actually Mean When Read In Context

Whether it's printed on an inspirational sweatshirt or posted in an Instagram caption, no one can resist a good book quote. The only problem is, some …

Literature

The shady past of the colour pink

A hue now associated with innocence once had a murkier meaning: Kelly Grovier looks at the ways in which pink has represented violence and seduction.<p>Pink is a double-edged sword. While red is raucous and racy, and white is prim and pure, pink cuts both ways. Long before the word “pink” attached …

Artists

The Best Pastries in Paris, According to Top Chefs

It’s been the world’s favorite destination for luscious baked goods since forever. Now the French capital is outperforming even itself.<p>By Kate …

France

The Insanely Simple 5-Ingredient Salad I Make at Least 3 Times a Week

Despite living in a city with one of the most diverse and vibrant food scenes in the world, I'm embarrassed to admit that repeated Seamless orders to …

Healthy Eating

Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away

Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their …

Gardening

Scorpions in Phoenix

People who are new to Phoenix, or are considering moving to the area, are often concerned about scorpions. Some who live in the Phoenix area can go …

Insects

Dine Outdoors Like a French Family: 12 Ideas to Steal

How does a French family dine outdoors? In style, of course, with a certain insouciant mix of high-low: outdoor furnishings that look just as good …

Landscaping

20 Amazing Solar Water Fountain Ideas For Your Garden

A water fountain is one of the most fascinating and pleasant additions you could make to any garden.<p>Any moving water feature brings so much …

Landscaping

French parliament to debate 'tough' immigration reform

Disputed bill proposed by French government seeks to speed up asylum applications and expedite deportations.<p>France's parliament is set to debate toughening the country's immigration policies through a bill that would accelerate asylum applications and expedite deportations.<p>The disputed bill, which …

North Africa

How to Do Salad for Dinner Like They Do in Paris — Tips from The Kitchn

Of all the dishes French cuisine has given us, "leafy greens" might not come to mind as immediately as flaky croissants, boeuf bourguignon, or …

Food

8 Fantastic French Beauty Products You Can Find on Amazon

If you’ve ever wanted to try French skincare but can’t exactly get yourself to France, then you’re in luck. You can find the best (and the most …

France

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or …

Physics

Man Booker International Prize 2018 shortlist celebrates indie publishers

With story settings ranging from the Parisian music scene to the invaded streets of Baghdad, the international edition of the prestigious British …

Books

This Gravity-Defying Japanese Architect Is Breaking the Rules

Does architecture need to be freed? And, if it does, freed from what? I was a little skeptical both of the title of the new show at Paris’ Fondation …

Architecture

Great art isn’t always made by good people, but this is getting ridiculous

Perhaps because I have fallen in love with the work of so many writers and artists who were less than great moral role models, I spend a lot of time — perhaps too much — trying to keep aesthetics and ethics apart in my mind. I haven’t wanted to fall into the naivete of expecting great art to be …

Art

Sucres, nitrites, pesticides, additifs: nos yaourts épinglés

Sucres, sels, graisses, nitrites, pesticides, additifs... La revue 60 millions de consommateurs pointe du doigt une centaine de produits de grande …

Agriculture

'He was a great man. I was just pretty': photos tell story of Jane and Serge

Exhibition in Calais captures intimate moments from Birkin and Gainsbourg’s relationship<p>The English singer and actor Jane Birkin met Serge Gainsbourg in 1968 when she was 22, and left the French singer and songwriter more than half a lifetime ago in 1980 – yet at 71 her name is still rarely …

The Arts

Simple needle threading trick will change your life

Still squinting at the eye of the needle, repeatedly poking the end of your thread right next to the hole and getting increasingly frustrated?<p>No …

Sewing

19 Inspirational Quotes From True Artists to Help You Overcome a Creative Rut

It's a moment that every creative dreads, yet most have faced at one point or another—artist's block. In these situations, it's easy to be hard on ourselves and wallow in pity, waiting for inspiration to strike. But the reality is, hard work and diligence is what moves you further along the …

Creativity

10 exhibitions to see in Paris this spring

CULTURE<p>SEE<p>10 exhibitions to see in Paris this spring<p>From a gallery revisiting Kupka, to Monet’s water lilies, via a peek into Serge Gainsbourg’s …

Art

The Best Books Of 2018 We Can't Wait To Read This Year

This is how I know I’m reading an incredible book. All of the day’s obligations — making my bed, walking to the subway, cooking dinner — become …

Books

Six of the best spring side dishes

<b>Roasted tomatoes with marinated roasted peppers (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>10 min</b><br>Cook <b>3 hr</b><br>Serves <b>4</b><p><b>3 medium garlic cloves</b>, roughly chopped<b><br>1 small handful basil leaves</b>, roughly chopped<b><br>2 tbsp balsamic vinegar</b><b><br>4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil</b><b><br>1 tsp salt</b><b><br>5 ripe plum tomatoes (about 450g)</b>,blanched, peeled and cored<p>For …

Side Dishes

7 Best Ways to Explore Paris

There’s no cheaper & quicker way to travel around Paris than by public transport. However, those hoping to experience this […]7 Best Ways to Explore …

France

The 4 Best Department Stores in Paris, France

Paris boasts some of the world's largest, most glamorous and historically rich department stores: places where visitors can browse the latest trends …

France

Padma Lakshmi's Holistic Indian Skincare Secrets Are Too Good Not to Share

By the time Padma Lakshmi swings by the Byrdie studio to film a series of videos about her beauty routine (and new MAC makeup collection), I already …

Alternative Medicine

The 24” X 36” Storage Space You’re Probably Overlooking

If you're human, you've likely complained once (or twice) about the lack of storage space in your life. But there's a blank two-by-three-foot space …

Home Depot

The Outbound Journal