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Alice in Wonderland’s hidden messages

Is Lewis Carroll’s tale really about sex, drugs, and colonialism? Some say yes. Others argue it’s about eating disorders or the Wars of the Roses. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>To fully experience what it means to vanish down a rabbit hole, just ask the internet about hidden messages in the book …

Literature

A top Harvard professor says this is how to trick your brain into conquering fear

But, the TED Talk is only one of Cuddy's defining moments.<p>In her book, "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges," Cuddy discusses how to feel liberated and perform at your best.<p>She defines presence as "the state of being attuned to and able to comfortably express our true …

TED Talks

The 5 Brilliant Emotional Intelligence Tactics This FBI Agent Uses to Negotiate

Not a hardcore negotiator? No problem. Here's how to make emotions work for you.<p>My father was a hardcore negotiator--the kind that used car salesmen actually <i>feared</i>.<p>Not me.<p>For years, I cringed in similar situations. I was a peacemaker by nature--to a fault. Afraid to push too much for fear of losing …

To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Take a look at your hand, right or left, it doesn't matter. Now imagine every finger represents a word. How many sentences can you come up with?<p><i>I think therefore I am.</i><p><i>Don't sweat the small stuff.</i><p><i>All you need is love.</i><p>Ximena Martinez, from Texas, thought this one was good: "Las naranjas son muy …

I'm Losing My Mind After Refusing to Plead Insanity for Murdering My Mom

I stabbed my mother 111 times, but solitary is where my fate finally hit home.<p><i>Life Inside is an ongoing collaboration between the Marshall Project and VICE that offers first-person perspectives from those who live and work in the criminal justice system.</i> <i>Chris Dankovich is a 26-year-old inmate at</i> …

Inside the World of Feminist Teen Girls Obsessed with Serial Killers

It used to be that if you had a thing for a serial killer, you'd send a private letter to their prison. Now, thanks to social media, you can make your love as public as you like.<p>Back in the old days, before the internet and stuff, if you had a thing for a serial killer it was tradition to send him …

There Is Nothing 'Inappropriate' About Grieving the Death of Your Cat

The Appropriate Weight of Grief: Men, Cats and the Writing Life<p>My cat died.<p>I say this not to elicit sympathy, but to merely state a fact: My cat died and I am sad. Which, if you have ever loved an animal, is a perfectly appropriate response. Yet I'm not telling the entire story. I am very sad. I am …

Pets

9 literary quotes that perfectly understand friendship

When you’re really down and looking for some wise words, you turn to your friends. But who do you turn to when you’re looking for insight on your …

Living with Tinnitus: I Find It Hard to Believe Silence Ever Existed

Tom Bellamy from the band Losers woke up one day with ringing in his ears. Five years on, we asked him to write about life with tinnitus.<p>I remember the day the ringing in my ear started. I had been recording some guitar at my house, which went on to become the intro to "Acrobatica," a song by my …

How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History

The police and public gasped at the audacity of the Great Hatton Garden heist of 2015, where millions in cash and jewels were taken from an underground vault in London’s diamond district. Mark Seal investigates the unorthodox daring of the perpetrators—and the high-tech investigation that snared …

​The Strange Rise and Violent Fall of Long Island's Dirtiest Police Chief

Former Suffolk County Chief James Burke's recent conviction on civil rights charges opened a window into a lurid cop culture of illegal wiretapping, cover-ups, sex addiction, drunk driving, and blackmail.<p>On December 14, 2012, cops arrested a 26-year-old named Christopher Loeb outside of his …

What McDonald's and Walmart Can Teach Drug Cartels

Tom Wainwright's latest book, 'Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel', looks at the drug trade as if it were a legal business, finding common ground between the underworld and legitimate corporations.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US.</i><p>The narcotics industry is a multi-billion pound …

My Boyfriend Is Depressed and Won't Do Anything About It

How do I get him the help he needs?<p><b>When I first started dating my current boyfriend, he was taking antidepressant medication to treat depression. The beginning of our relationship was amazing. He was super affectionate and loving, and it was great. However, a couple months ago, he stopped taking</b> …