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His Savage Mistress

Portrait Story: Vali Myers

The painter who entered the fourth dimension

A 1954 painting by Salvador Dalí features a mysterious, four-dimensional ‘hypercube’. Fiona Macdonald finds out how maths fascinated the great Spanish painter.<p>When mathematician Thomas Banchoff received a message in 1975 asking him to contact Salvador Dalí, his colleague told him: “It’s either a …


Hand-Cut Collages Take Aim at Consumerism and Pop Culture

Joe Webb’s seamless collages leaves no one unscathed—fashion, art, even Ariana Grande.<p>Joe Webb's collages are ruled by contrasts, contrasts between the developed and developing worlds, the past and present, decadence and want. His seamless hand-cut works mock consumerism and the Western cults of …


5 Things to Remember When Someone You Love Loses Someone They Love

<i>Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness; they are a sign of a pure, loving heart.</i>We all know deep down that life is short, and that …

Positive Thinking

31 Brilliant Books That You Really Need To Read This Spring

Required reading from April to June. UK release dates.

Perinatal hospice care prepares parents for the end, at life’s beginning

The baby who would soon die arrived at 34 weeks, eyes shut, squawking. Her father cut the umbilical cord with a pair of silver scissors. A priest in blue scrubs sprinkled Holy Water on her forehead. A photographer circled the delivery room, capturing her last moments.<p>And Cathleen Warner quietly …


This mag proves there’s no one way to be a woman

In a world where we’re ridiculed for celebrating notions of femininity and similarly shut down for attempting to dismantle age-old gender roles, it’s difficult for this generation of women to find their place on a damned-if-you-do-or-don’t spectrum. But we’re making headway. We’re still shouting …

Kathryn Harrison’s True Crimes: An Unapologetic Memoir

Kathryn Harrison’s <i>True Crimes: A Family Album</i> is an essay collection about life at its most taxing. In it, she loses loved ones, remembers awful things from her youth, and fights with her husband. But she doesn’t want your sympathy.<p>If she did, she wouldn’t open the book with an essay about the time …


Where ikinga Rules the Road: Photographs of Burundi’s Vibrant Bike Culture

10 Books Our Editors Won’t Shut Up About

Because we’re all book nerds at heart<p>Though we're all pretty much self-proclaimed book nerds around these parts, sitting down to read a novel after spending ten or twelve hours editing and writing articles isn't always our go-to. After all, there's only so much our eyeballs can take before they …


Your ultimate guide to Prince

I can still remember the first time I heard Prince's music. I was riding in my Dad's beat-up car, top down (okay, so the sun roof was open), blasting 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' through the speakers. I was struck – Prince was singing the song just for me, of course, with my braces and …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

James Franco opens up about his ‘gay obsession’

James Franco is a man of many talents, and one who's always kept his sexuality ambigious – until now.<p>The actor, director, poet, teacher and writer (I've probably left off a couple here, but you get the gist) just addressed the persistent rumours which swirl around his sexuality. In an interview …

James Franco

Ten of the most inspiring photo stories of the month

In typical fashion, <i>Fotografia</i> magazine has curated an incredible selection of photography stories direct from their site for their monthly guide to some of the best les-men and women working today. Taking us into the cultural heart of our homeland for a look at mod and skinhead culture, to our …

The Californian road trip you should take yourself on

Following on from a teenage trip where she fell for the beauty of California, last summer a now 24-year-old Rosaline Shahnavaz returned to the States to cement her love for it. “ I love everything about it: the road, the landscape, the light, the atmosphere. It’s kind of like everything you …

The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse

<i>The Conversation is an eight-part series put together by Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace and hosted by The Rumpus. Read more about the project here.</i> …

Creative Writing

30 gorgeous black & white photos of Frida Kahlo

<i>Frida Kahlo in the artist’s studio by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1932</i><p>I’m posting these gorgeous B&W portraits of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo because A) …


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Vivid Images of Mexico in the 1960s

Caption from LIFE. Fiesta in Guanajuato.<br>John Dominis—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 22<p>Ever since the celebration began to trickle …




Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”<p>Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …